Helen Zaltzman will bring her podcast, "The Allusionist" to life and challenge the gender binary at Durham MotorCo Music Hall on Oct. 23.
“The Allusionist” is an entertainment podcast that discusses language and how and why people use it. Zaltzman said she thinks of topics she wants to learn more about and figures out entertaining ways to present them. She created the show in 2015 under the podcast network Radiotopia.
The live show Zaltzman will be staging at MotorCo, booked through Cat’s Cradle, is called “No Title.” With her husband as the house band and the only other performer, Zaltzman will discuss gender in language and topics like the history of singular "they."
"I think for some people it's dangerous for them to talk about gender neutrality," Zaltzman said. "So, I feel like I have a platform, and I have some duty to talk about it. It is really important to me, as well. Gender equality and also the gender binary — not something that I think society should be structured around."
Zaltzman said she approaches her live shows from the angle of theatrical performances because she has stage experience from before she was a podcaster. Her performance will be longer than recorded podcasts of “The Allusionist” and will have visual and musical elements.