It’s even better in August, though, when every spare space in the city is full of performers putting on shows in cellars, attics, theatres and sheds as part of the world’s arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe.
We may all worship at the well-spoken altar of Andrea Gibson, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more out there to love! Here are ten LGBTQ spoken word artists you should consider crushing on.
Not Just Another Coming Out Story illustrates the lifelong process of coming out and the struggles that don’t magically disappear after the first time you come out as an LGBT person.
This one time Gabby, Ali and Vanessa all went to The Lesbian Love Octagon, in New York City and then we all got together at a bar and, over Red Stripe, hashed out some of the finer points on our feelings.
The stories told through this play are a fascinating insight into Susan Sontag’s life, as well as queer history. If you are in New York it is definitely worth checking out.
This play kicks the living crap out of you while asking you to acknowledge the softest, sweetest, most vulnerable human parts of this world, and then it kicks you some more. I loved it.
“That summer, I learned a lot about separating myself from my work. There is no room on the stage for a performer’s personal problems. There are, however, cathartic elements that an actor gets while performing a show.”
What you’ve got here is the trailer for ‘Viva Forever!’ plus feelings plus a safe space to talk about those feelings. That’s what’s going on.
“Theatre taught me that it was fine to be different; I wish it had shown me it was fine to be a queer woman, as well.”
There is a certain level of ostracism that happens when you realize you are different from most of your peers, and not that that can’t be played at by straight actors, it just feels even more gratifying when the actors of the characters you fall in love with have or are looking for female partners.
Forever Dusty tells the dramatic, revealing story of how a shy Irish Catholic school girl from West London transformed herself into Dusty Springfield, and dove into LA’s underground lesbian scene.
Jess chats with the genderqueer star of Eve Ensler’s new play, Emotional Creature: talented dancer, singer and actor, Emily Grosland.
CARA’S TEAM PICK: For everyone who was once young and queer and confused and is going to be in LA this weekend.
Ali’s Team Pick: Maggie Keenan-Bolger has team up with Rachel Sullivan and they’re busy creating “The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged,” a play about female sexuality.
Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) is back with a new musical play, Emotional Creature, featuring fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe.
Queer women singing Broadway showtunes? See ya there.
It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. “No men. No meat. Just manners.”
Cara’s Team Pick: The best five-hour wedding-based multimedia theater project starring flowers in drag you’ll go to all year.
“This slightly labelphobic queer went into The Femme Show full of unaddressed preconceived notions about the word, and left with a brand new appreciation for it.”
Cara’s Team Pick: Weekends are better with a dash of subversive queer variety theater.