During the zeitgeist of the #MeToo movement...
Kirk was inspired to explore the dynamics of abuse of power and the implications of choosing to absolve the misconduct simply because the perpetrator is our favorite celebrity, teacher, close friend or relative. Furthermore, the impact of how deplorable personal behavior influences the way we feel about celebrated people’s work and legacy.
This led Kirk to ask himself two very important questions:
... Thus, The Honorable Herbert Peabody and Joe, the tour guide, was born.
Left to right: Production Stills from Holmdel Theatre, NJ; United Solo Festival, NYC; Chain Theatre (Set by Clíona Smith, Lights by Paige Seber.)
With a small cast and crew, and simple but impactful production design …Herbert Peabody offers a unique theatrical experience that is easily adaptable for venues of all types and sizes!
March 2020- June 2021
During Covid times new additional material was added and work shopped (via Zoom), expanding The Honorable Herbert Peabody from a one-act to a full length solo show.
During this time a federal investigation was launched against Congressman Matt Gaetz over sex trafficking.
Kirk McGee is awarded a Performance Grant from the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation, ensuring that Peabody shall return to the stage.
Kirk submitted for the grant shortly before Governor Cuomo was first accused for sexual misconduct. Kirk received the grant a few weeks after Cuomo resigned due to public outrage.
Peabody returned to the stage for a limited engagement thanks to the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation and many generous donations.
During the run, President Biden signed a bill ending forced arbitration in sexual misconduct cases, which no longer silences the survivors or shields the perpetrators.