Un/Packing is an interactive, live multimedia, high-stakes, choose-your-own-adventure-style solo performance where the audience must guide trans performer, Nicolas Shannon Savard, through a journey across space, time, and gender. They tell stories of surviving toxic masculinity: the hilarious, the heartbreaking, the terrifying. With over 20 characters packed into one suitcase, there are dozens of paths to choose along the way. Quite literally, it's a different show every night.

Adults Only
50 min
Solo Performance, Storytelling, Theatre
Banshee House
2715 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

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Nicolas Shannon Savard (they/them/theirs), is a Columbus, Ohio-based community-engaged theatre practitioner, solo performance artist, educator, and scholar. Their first full-length solo show, Five and a Half Feet of Fearsome (2019), toured to the Kansas City and Indy Fringe Festivals. In the summer of 2020, they wrote and developed the first version of Un/Packing as an interactive virtual show and performed it for the St. Louis Fringe Festival and later the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s LGBTQ+ Focus Group. Nicolas Shannon holds a PhD in Theatre (2021) from The Ohio State University, where they now teach courses in acting and writing about media and performance. Nicolas is also the producer and host of HowlRound Theatre Commons’ Gender Euphoria, the Podcast, which aims to amplify the perspectives and activism of transgender theatre-makers in the United States. 

Amazing, beautiful, and at times, heartbreaking. An impressive merging of technology and storytelling. A reminder of the startling obstacles that come with important journeys.
A really great premise for a show. The stories behind it are Incredibly real and the format does a great job putting you in the artists shoes. A very good mix of personal reflection, levity, and honest commentary on how much growing we need to do as human beings.
We saw two fringe shows tonight, and this was the standout! I loved the ease of the performer throughout and the choose your own adventure format. It’s very fun for anyone who wants to leave their toxic masculinity behind on their gender journey!
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Banshee House

2715 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The front door is right off the sidewalk by the beer garden on Larimer St.

Parking: Larimer Street is closed off between 29th and 28th; street parking is available on neighboring streets

Accessibility: The entrance, lobby and performance space are all at street level; there is an ADA bathroom in the facility

Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue;all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show