About Queer & Now
QUEER & NOW: A Lip Sync Spectacular is a new theatrical project that fuses the forms of drag, lip sync, and ensemble-based physical theater. Conceived by director Garrett Sager in response to the increased anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric in American culture, QUEER & NOW disrupts oppressive narratives through the celebration of queerness as an act of radical dissent.
In March 2018, QUEER & NOW will expand on the conversations and questions from the first production, and will propose new possible formations for the fall 2018 iteration.
QUEER & NOW is sponsored in part by support from the UMass Arts Council and Theater Department.
Though the lip-sync showcases a talented cast full of ferocity and grace, the piece stands as a challenge to anti-LGBTQ rhetoric with empowering images and tangible moments of cast members embracing their identities and showcasing their journeys to achieve this autonomy.
-Mary Margaret Hogan, "Queer Lip-Sync Spectacular Showcases Empowering Narratives"
QUEER & NOW started in fall 2017 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as a devised exploration of drag, lip sync, music, movement, and ensemble-based performance. It has now evolved and grown into a medium through which this ensemble tackles issues as intimate as dysphoria, religion, self-esteem, and sexuality, while sparking broader conversations about potential queer futures through the dissent of queer pasts. These futures are imagined through a series of scenes, each helmed by one of the ensemble members. Each scene offers one perspective of queerness, one possible transformation, one celebration, and one dissent. Together they become a tapestry of our lived experiences, our questions, our desires, and our possibilities.
Making QUEER & NOW has shown me new ways of using drag and queer performance as a weapon against the dangerous heteropatriarchy. There’s something ritual and cathartic about getting into drag, and then it’s electrifying to perform as this other version of yourself that can be weird, gorgeous, strange, sickening, disgusting, larger than life, and totally out of this world. We’re doing something really radical by having a blast in QUEER & NOW. We’re leaving our audiences with hope, joy, and snatched wigs.
- Garrett Sager, director