November 3–6, 2022

“A story about being and becoming, about creating vocabularies for yourself and stepping into them as you would a home”

— Canthius

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents an interdisciplinary solo by Kama La Mackerel

In Mauritian Kreol, “zom-fam” means “man-woman” or “transgender.” This intimate solo brings to the stage Kama La Mackerel’s award-winning eponymous poetry collection. Through dance, storytelling, spoken word, and ritual, the piece weaves together ancestral voices, femme tongues, broken colonial languages, and a tender queer subjectivity, all of which grapple with the legacy of plantation servitude.

photo of Kama La Mackerel by Vanessa Fortin

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Tuesday, November 1 // 8PM (preview)
Wednesday, November 2 // 8PM (preview)

Thursday, November 3 // 8PM (opening night)
Friday, November 4 // 8PM
Saturday, November 5 // 8PM
Sunday, November 6 // 2PM

Kama La Mackerel // text, artistic direction + performance
Mathieu Leroux // dramaturgic advisor
Andrew Tay + Rhodnie Désir // choreographic advisors
Sophie Gee // external eye
Jon Cleveland // light design and technical direction
Evan Stepanian // sound design
Nalo Soyini Bruce // set design

Co-produced by the MAI.

Kama La Mackerel is a multilingual writer, visual artist, performer, translator and educator who believes in love, transformation and justice. Their work ventures beyond the borders of disciplinarity and creates hybrid spaces from which to enunciate decolonial and queer vocabularies. Wholeheartedly invested in ocean narratives, island sovereignty, transgender poetics and ancestral healing, their body of work challenges colonial notions of time and space as these relate to history, power, language, subject formation and the body.

Find Kama on Instagram.

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Dates & Times

November 1 & 2

Show Run
November 3-6
Thurs-Sat 8PM
Sun 2PM

Tiered Ticket Pricing


For each of our mainstage shows this season, we’re offering tickets at a range of price points, though seating is general admission, and every seat is just as good as the next. If cost is a barrier, this is your chance to get an affordable ticket. If you are able to pay more, this is your change to increase your support for the work onstage and ensure it stays affordable for those who need it.

Please note that we continue to ask all patrons, artists, and staff, to provide proof of vaccination and to mask while in the space. These measures are revisited regularly by our joint health and safety committee as the pandemic continues to evolve.

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