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Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

WLRN interns spent some time this summer looking at how the idea of gender is changing in South Florida. This story is part of their project.

Comedian Jannelys Santos has been performing improv sketches with The Villain Theater since the collective started in 2015. She describes herself as feminine and aggressive, wanting to express her sexuality onstage.

Lynnette Cantos

At the beginning of each performance, Speakfridays host and founder Robert Lee starts  by reciting to newcomers and regulars alike the night’s catchphrase:

“Can I speak?,” Lee shouts. And the audience responds  with a resounding, “Yes you can.”  Started in 2006, Speakfridays has been a staple of Miami’s underground art and culture scene for the last 10 years. Originally located in a warehouse in the Bird Road Arts district, the show moved to Wynwood last year in search of  larger accommodations.