Queer & Now Development Workshop
Queer & Now is looking for new collaborators and new ideas as we embark on our third year as a company!
DATES & LOCATION:
Saturday, October 19 12–5 pm
Sunday, October 20 12–5 pm
UMass Amherst FAC Arts Bridge, Room 434
Queer & Now is an unapologetically feminist, trans-inclusive, futuristic, explosive devised physical theater project that combines drag, lip syncing, movement, and choreography to create evenings of joy, liberation, and empowerment for its performers and audiences.
Now in its third year, Queer & Now looks toward the future with massive uncertainty and excitement. We invite you to join us and come play in a developmental workshop at UMass Amherst on October 19 and 20 to embark on the beginnings of the future of Queer & Now.
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 April 2018, the fourth iteration of the project, QUEER & NOW: Sync or Swim explored queering mythologies and queer futures.
Stay tuned for fabulous news about the future of our project!
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. The first iteration of Queer & Now was an experiment in drag devising, featuring 7 vignettes each helmed by a member of the devising ensemble. 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. Watch this trailer from the Spring 2018 production for a glimpse at our beginnings.
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.
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 a good queer time.
- Garrett Sager, director