Queer triple threat performer, director, and visionary Kelly Bartnik is mixing the episodic TV show format with live immersive theater performance and you can see it this weekend!
“Cast members in a devised show are able to create and develop honest depictions of characters who hold the same identities as the actors. These representations are far more complex, interesting, and truthful than characters we as directors and creators could develop on our own.”
Sleep No More is a Lynchian lost world, a timewarp, and walking out of it, you feel like you might have just emerged from a fugue state.
During Brown University’s “Black Lavender Experience” festival, Black LGBTQ artists talked about the divine nature of their writing for marginalized communities.
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.
“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.”
“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.
“The stageplay is the lesbian equivalent of a Mad Men affair, but with less misogyny and so much more at stake.”