Courtesy Carla Rossi/Pepper Pepper
Anthony Hudson (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Siletz) is an artist and writer sometimes better known as Portland's premiere drag clown Carla Rossi, an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. Together they host and program Queer Horror—the only LGBTQ horror film and performance series in the country—at the historic Hollywood Theatre. Anthony has received project support and fellowships from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the NEA, NPN, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, First Peoples Fund, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, USArtists International, Ucross Foundation, Caldera Arts Center, and more; Anthony's performances have been featured at the New York Theatre Workshop, La Mama, PICA's TBA Festival, Portland and Seattle Art Museums, Portland Center Stage, and have toured internationally. Anthony also co-hosts the queer feminist horror podcast Gaylords of Darkness weekly with writer Stacie Ponder. Anthony is currently adapting their award-winning solo show Looking for Tiger Lily into a book.
LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY
Looking for Tiger Lily utilizes song, dance, drag, and video to put a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling. Asking what it means for a queer, mixed Native person to grow up seeing redface and misrepresentation in white normative culture, Anthony recounts watching the 1960 production of “Peter Pan” featuring Sondra Lee’s blonde, blue-eyed “Indian Princess” Tiger Lily. Not just autobiography, and drawing from a songbook stretching across Disney’s “Pocahontas” to Cher’s “Half-Breed," LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY is a coming-of-age story that's more than cowboys versus Indians.. LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY’s 2016 Portland premiere was featured on OPB and individually profiled by the Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, the Portland Tribune, and Oregon ArtsWatch. LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY has been featured at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, at the Talking Stick and Vancouver Queer Film Festivals in Vancouver, BC, at the Yirramboi Festival in Melbourne, at the Las Vegas Library District, and at PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, OR. LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY was originally funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and developed in partnership with the 2016 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance.