"Mother is the invention of necessity."
Born out of a desire to keep creating during the pandemic, Queer & Now has pivoted to producing digital cabarets, showcasing original recordings and live performances of drag, lip-sync, burlesque, comedy, dance, and cabaret
SYNC OR SWIM
Our borders are shifting. Our bodies are transforming.
Set in a world where water is rapidly rising and borders are massively disintegrating, Queer & Now: Sync or Swim follows seven mythical deities overcoming struggles rooted in rampant sexism, corporate greed, and climate change.
Told through a series of vignettes with drag, lip syncing, and dance, Queer & Now: Sync or Swim takes ancient world mythology and fuses it with contemporary pop music to embrace our impending future.
UMass Fine Arts Center • Amherst, MA • December 2018 (premiere)
NYPOP/West Chelsea Arts • New York, NY • April 2019
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center • Greenfield, MA • January 2020
QUEER & NOW: A LIP SYNC SPECTACULAR
A life-changing transformation from the Christian Mother Mary into the Yoruba water deity Oxum. An entrance into the raunchy world of Marie Antoinette and her gender fluid lover Tomas du Pan. An alternate ending to the tragic life of Judy Garland.
QUEER & NOW: A Lip Sync Spectacular features seven vignettes of drag, lip sync, and dance, 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 the vignettes become a tapestry of our lived experiences, our questions, our desires, and our possibilities.
UMass French Hall • Amherst, MA • December 2017 (premiere)
UMass Fine Arts Center • Amherst, MA • March 2018