“…diaries inspired me and I felt like I had to write something that fused together the pressure cooker of the 80s — being surround by excess — from neon spandex and political darkness to now, where even though Section 28 has been repealed, and same-sex marriage has been embedded into law, it still feels like society has a lot of catching up to do.”
“Hopefully because this dialogue is happening and we feel like we’re on the cusp of this conversation, people will understand how complex it is and how the survivor has no obligation to be what anyone wants them to be.”
“The Messiah Complex is radical because it takes on concepts of beauty, class differences, gender roles, and navigates love and life in a trans or gender-nonconforming body, all within a Black context. Never before have I seen so many nuanced themes in an all Black cast.”
CARA’S TEAM PICK: For everyone who was once young and queer and confused and is going to be in LA this weekend.
“The stageplay is the lesbian equivalent of a Mad Men affair, but with less misogyny and so much more at stake.”
Let’s get real deep right now into some hard-core musical theater appreciation.
Intern Grace’s Team Pick: If you’re not excited about the “Newsies” stage musical, I don’t know what to tell you.
Intern Bren’s Team Pick: “What we do is about 9/12.”
“I was amazed when Opera North accepted the school’s position. I was repeatedly asked to excise these references to the adult character being gay.”
And by “gay,” I mean “full of gay men.” But still really good.
NYC playwright Kate Foster debuts short plays about writers, mermaids and gays and you should totally go!
This ain’t your mama’s high school production of Oklahoma! Camp Wanatachi is a new musical that’s taking names and kissing girls in the name of Jesus H. Christ.
RENT is being revived Off Broadway in June 2011 and Riese has feelings about it, Ryan Murphy is figuring out the Kurt/Blaine sitch, Queen Latifah hovers around #ItGetsBetter, and the making of Pink’s new video.
In New York City during October and looking for something hilarious, musical and gay? Come see My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding!
On a summer evening in June, some of Team Autostraddle went to see American Idiot: the Musical on Broadway. It was wonderful. And because I never pass up an opportunity to write about Green Day, now I’m gonna to tell you all about it.
Kristin Chenoweth talks to Autostraddle about the response to her Newsweek piece, returning to Glee with Idina Menzel, her brand new ensemble TV project, Promises Promises, her strong Christian beliefs and why she knows Jesus would be totally pro-equality and a friend to the gays.
Greener Pastures, The Alexandra Billings Story, and the HAIR revival on Broadway!
We thought this would be easier — the hardest part, we imagined, would be coming up with just ten. Surely if we thought really hard, wikipedia’ed (we expected a “lesbian characters in plays” list of some sort to appear … it did not), checked out the glbtq encyclopedia and googled some shit, we’d be rushing to narrow down the contenders by Sunday afternoon. I mean, there’s Maureen & Joanne from RENT, to start with. And then … um.