National Queer Theater is just coming off of a successful first year. They had four AWESOME queer playwrights using different palettes to craft beautiful *queer* stories. I think my favorite part of NQT is it's devotion to telling Queer Stories of varying identities. I'll let the four plays picked speak for themselves. You have All the Sex I Want by Ben M. Jones, a script focusing primarily on asexuality. You have Cercle Hermaphroditos by Shaulee Cook, an exploration of the true events that took place at this early social club for Trans Women. American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables, a script that weaves together Japanese-American Identity with queer self acceptance. Lastly, you've got Drowning in Cairo by Adam A. Elsayigh, a script that describes the Queen Boat incident of 2001 and its aftershocks on the queer community in Egypt. Now, say it with me, DIVERSITY IN QUEER STORIES!!! How incredible was this line up? I had the privilege of being there for each performance and, I've got to tell you, was inspired by all the works. The Artistic Director, Adam Odsess-Rubin, is a man to watch. Lastly, I want to mention the audience. Having the perspective of going to all four shows, I can speak truthfully about the range of identities present at the readings. With a National Queer Theater's lineup, the message is clear: Queer comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes.
What a great reading we had at Arts on Site as part of the National Queer Theater's Queer Village Reading Series. Our Director, Ben Randle, did an absolutely gorgeous job. Ben approached the anime style with great care. I loved working with him in the playwright/director relationship because of how daring he was. As a newer playwright myself, I was definitely navigating the journey with a novice energy -- he treated me so well. The actors, actresses, and the entire team at National Queer Theater are such incredible team players. I wish all the best for this budding non-profit. The head of the organization, Adam Odsess-Rubin, is a man for us all to watch!a
It's reading time! American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables has been selected from a national pool to be part of the Queer Village Reading Seres, a new initiative by National Queer Theater. The reading will be October 14, 8pm at Arts on Site. Tickets can be found here. Though the event is free, donations are encouraged for future projects.
Thrilled to announce that American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables has been picked from submissions across the country to attend the 2018 Undergraduate Playwrights' Workshop at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. I will bring the script down to Washington for that week and work with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors/actresses on the piece. Can't wait to explore this story more!
Flabbergasted! American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables is the winner of the Hopwood Award for Drama and the Dennis McIntyre Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Playwriting. Very happy that this story is reaching audiences!
This past semester, we had our first workshop for American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables that finished with a staged reading for the community of Ann Arbor followed by a talkback between me, my father, and my mentor Professor Brent Wagner. As the son of a family of interned, this story is incredibly important to me and I am so thrilled we were able to share it with friends, family, and locals in an educated setting!