SANTA CLARITA — “Pretty Beast,” a one-woman show featuring Kazu Kusano, will be presented on Saturday, June 10, at 8 p.m. at The Main, 24266 Main St., Santa Clarita.
Raised in Japan by a schizophrenic mother and a distant, alcoholic father, Kusano discovered humor as a shield to survive and battle sexist stereotypes. She is haunted by the label Otoko-Onna (男女 “boy-girl”) but doesn’t allow it to define her. “Pretty Beast” is Kusano’s examination of her journey to self-acceptance and an exploration of healing existential pain with laughter.
Through monologue and re-enactment, she explores challenges that fueled her comedy and her move to America. An award-winning solo performer, Kusano delivers wry observation and raw physicality in this exuberant, rebellious ride.