Focusing on the same theme, the body, and in particular female and trans bodies, "ReconFIGUREd" is a project that started in 2015 after Rachel and Maggie conducted a survey and found out the body was a topic the majority of people were interested in. So in 2016, Rachel and Maggie created the play "ReconFIGUREd".
"We thought it would be nice for women and trans people to actually talk about and portray the issues surrounding the body and put out what we really believe, rather than what other people are telling us," Rachel told Stagedoor Dish.
The play also links physical appearance to current politics or society in general.
"Before Trump was elected we would get questions from grant organizations that implied that the idea of a woman/trans company was no longer necessary, that we were beyond sexism," they told Culturadar.
"I think the recent election has made people wake up to the everyday battles and micro aggressions faced by women and trans people on a daily basis.
"The day after the election, our ensemble came together and discussed how we were feeling about the state of our country. That conversation and the general political climate impacted a lot of what we were working on and certainly is a part of the performance that was created."
According to the press release, "ReconFIGUREd" is focused on "the humor, the pain, the awesomeness, and the awkwardness of bodies.
We live in our bodies. They enable us, constrain us, and sometimes define us. As women and trans people, our bodies are the objects of much attention, discussion, politics and more. Through the journeys of 7 people, ReconFIGUREd examines "the body" with a fresh eye, and unveils the realities of what it means to live in and with female and trans bodies."
Through Honest Accomplice Theatre, Rachel and Maggie have set themselves the mission to drive individual acceptance among, and incite community dialogue about, women and trans people. Honest Accomplice Theater is a unique ensemble as one-third of them are transgender people.
We had discovered some of them with the Trans Literacy Project, a free videos series to provide communities with an accessible education about trans experiences, from the perspective of trans people.
"ReconFIGUREd" will be presented at University Settlement in New York on August 9, 10, 11 and 12 at 8 PM. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit honnestaccomplice.org.
Here is a special discount code for $12 tickets: SUMMERFUN
Photo 1 by Marielle Solan and photo 2 by Jessica Fallon Gordon Photography