Naked as a Gaybird


world premiere Nov 5th- 21st

In the eighth grade, playwright and performer Jay Byrd was a bit of a "sissy," but he was also a good Christian boy, the son of a Fundamentalist preacher. And he shared a family secret with his closeted gay uncle. When the popular kids in junior high dubbed him Gaybird, he felt ashamed and embarrassed… and curious about how those kids might have figured it out.

Naked as a Gaybird is Jay Byrd’s journey through a life of discovery, of hiding in closets, of learning about the body functions of boys and beasts, of sex and shame and naïveté, and of a pivotal moment in life when he was forced to look in the mirror and admit things to himself honestly.

A hilarious one man show, Naked as a Gaybird is told through childlike animation, object puppetry, and conversations—like a tale told around a campfire to a new close friend after a couple of beers, with a song thrown in here and there for good measure. Jay Byrd bares his soul (and his ass) and reclaims the “Gaybird” as an important, fabulous part of the heroic survivor who lives inside him.

Design team: Glenda Barnes (Costume), Robert Fisher (Sound), Aléjandra Gracia (Puppets/props), Steven Shirey (Lights), Ray Ray Mitrano and Aron Taylor (video)

November 5th- 21st 2015, Thursday –Saturday nights at 8pm in SVT’s Studio Theater.

November 6th 8PM – Performance and Post Show Panel hosted by OUTsider Fest
November 13th7PM -  Performance and Post Show Panel hosted by YWCA of Greater Austin and BedPost Confessions. This performance is ASL interpreted.
November 20th 8PM – Gaybird’s Disco – a VIP event with free food, drinks and a post show performance by Gretchen’s Disco Plague.

Tickets to NAKED AS A GAYBIRD are pay-what-you-wish, starting price $10.  The Gaybird Disco Night tickets are $35 each and include free drinks, food, and a post-show party with the creative team. Buy tickets online at,, and 512-474-SVT6.