Quinn Alexander Fontaine, a trans man with an arts background that includes standup, sketch and improvisational comedy, installation work and found object sculpture, wrote his solo show “Hung Like a Seahorse: the show+tell version,” as a companion piece to his book “Hung Like a Seahorse: A Real-life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy and Recovery.”
The first run of his show, which reveals information about Fontaine’s past and his transformation from female to male that started four years ago, took place at Santa Fe’s Adobe Rose Theatre last April.
“We’ve tightened up the show a bit since April, but I’m still doing a lot of improv in it,” explains Fontaine, who presents “Hung Like a Seahorse: the show+tell version” from August 23 through 26 at Warehouse 21. “Susan Mele, my director, plays the world’s worst therapist off stage. We’ve known each other for 25 years. She knows all my buttons.”
A performer who relishes the opportunity to do improvisational work, Fontaine began his career studying communications media at Simmons College in Boston and continued his education in the performance/video department at the California College of the Arts in Oakland.
Through the years he’s starred in independent films, co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred with the sketch comedy troupe Nude Coffee and presented several solo shows, including “Kathleen Fontaine: The Man, the Mystery!”
Fontaine’s book, which came out last year, documents his painful childhood with a sexually abusive father as well as his struggles with sex addiction, drug addiction and suicidal depression.
Despite the mature subject matter, Fontaine says his solo show is appropriate for older teenagers.
“I tell true stories,” he says. “I’m not about shock value, although telling the truth can be shocking.”