new queer works archive

2020

the bottoming process

by: Nicholas Pilapil

read: 3/30/20

Guest Dramaturg: Stephanie Lim

Cast: Brandon English, Ryan Hartley, Andrea Somera, Hunter Spangler

Stage Manager: Stephanie Graves

In this work-in-progress, two writers fall in love over witty banterabout pop culture, coming out, and cultural differences. But willtheir professional ambitions keep them from staying in love? Pilapilre-imagines the rom-com format for a queer world.

Jamestown/Williamsburg

by: Adam Ashraf El-Sayigh

read: 4/6/20

Guest Dramaturg: Karishma Bhagani

Cast: Greg Cuellar, Noor Hamdi, Ryan Hartley, Nikki Massoud, McLean Peterson

Stage Manager: Stephanie Graves

In 1619 Jamestown, Agnes arrives from England for an arranged marriagewith the local lord. In 2019 Williamsburg, Diyala, a grad student, isseeking American citizenship through a green card marriage. El-Sayighexplores the voyages and traumas of two immigrant women.

BANANA

by: Sam Hamashima

read: 9/23/20

Director: Gregory Keng Strasser

Dramaturg: Gaven Trinidad

Cast: Sam Hamashima, with Aaron Banes & Jo Ellen Pellman

Stage Manager: Pichteeda Taing

Sam Hamashima blends their queer and half-Asian identities to craft a bold look at personal authenticity within a racist society...during a global pandemic.

Complicit

by: Charlotte Rahn-Lee

read: 10/8/20

Director: Carly Nazaryk

Dramaturg: Nathaniel Foster

Cast: Alyssa Baumgardner, Kayla Emerson, Madaleine Felder, Hakwon Hawkins, Jose Nateras, Kerrie Seymour, Bruce Shaw

Stage Manager: Stephanie Graves

Five years after the election of an authoritarian president, Mel leaves New York City and returns to her hometown of Geneva, NY, after her girlfriend, a trans woman, is forcibly committed to the anti-LGBT Institute for Safe Families. At home, Mel finds her mother rehearsing politically subversive plays with her community theater group in the barn. When the playwright and her mother are arrested for crossing the censors, Mel finds herself in a desperate campaign to protect her friends and family and make authentic art. But can you truly escape complicity in a rotten system?

Blaxploitation 

by: Zachariah Ezer

read: 10/21/20

Director/Dramaturg: Dominique Rider

Cast: B Alexander, Kieran Anthony,Travis Artz, Assata, Michelle Bonebright-Carter

Stage Manager: Pichteeda Taing

At a midnight movie screening, Roxie Spectacular exhibits their cult classic, "A Time to Die." In the film, a martial arts master and a genie try to go back in time to prevent both slavery and a zombie apocalypse, all before they're thwarted by an operative from the end of history. Ezer uses the titular film genre to explore Afropessimism and gender.

Polar Bears, Black Boys, & Prairie Fringed Orchids

by: Vincent Terrell Durham

read: 11/19/20

Director: Nic Few

Assistant Director: Coby Rogers

Feedback Discussion Moderator: Josh Irving Gershick

Cast: Samuel Brock, Karese Frizell, Jada Henry, Brit Hope, Jamil Akim O’Quinn, Indy Wilson

Stage Manager: Pichteeda Taing

A liberal white couple opens the doors of their renovated Harlem brownstone to host a cocktail party in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. A night of cocktails and conversation spark emotional debates ranging from under-weight polar bears, Lana Turner, global warming, gentrification, racial identity, and protecting the lives of black boys.