2009-07 Queer Acts

QUEER ACTS Theatre Festival

For Immediate Release, July 13, 2009

QUEER ACTS: Halifax Pride’s First Queer Theatre Festival

Halifax - Queer Acts is a first for Halifax Pride, a festival celebrating queer theatre alongside our annual Pride festivities. Held at The Bus Stop and Paragon Theatre from July 20-24, 2009, this ass-spankingly wonderful roster of shows from the queer performance community is sure to excite and titillate gay and straight audiences alike. Queer Acts will play host to three locally produced works along with two hit Toronto shows from Canada’s oldest and largest queer theatre company, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. Check out our full program below, it’s a tight little package you’re sure to enjoy.

Frankie - Frankie Productions presents Frankie, a one woman comedy/drama that takes us to Frankie’s class of ‘82 high school reunion where memories come flooding back as she recalls the trials, tribulations and triumphs of growing up gay in small town Nova Scotia. Written and performed by MaryEllenMacLean?. Directed and co-created by MaryColinChisholm? and ChristianMurray?. Lighting design by LeighAnnVardy?. Presented at The BusStopTheatre, 8:30 pm July 21-23. $20 Regular, $15 Students, Seniors and Underwaged.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - TRRRASH presents the beloved glam rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch on the Paragon Theatre stage for one night only. With glamour and rock star elegance Hedwig will tell her story of growing up as a young boy in communist East Berlin. The show, written by JohnCameronMitchell?, is often compared to the camp classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but Hedwig and the Angry Inch entirely holds its own as a show about one person's quest for identity. Starring Ian Mullan and Krista Lane with music direction by Josh Kogon. Tickets can be purchased through trrrash.com, $23. Presented at the Paragon Theatre, 7:00 pm July 24.

I Was Barbie - It’s opening night of Toronto Fashion Week and Barbie’s 50th birthday party. Find out what happened when transsexual celeb Nina Arsenault, someone known for having massive amounts of cosmetic surgery, got hired to represent a doll who’s accused of fucking up the body images of millions of little girls. I Was Barbie comes to Queer Acts after sold out performances and standing ovations at the We’re Funny That Way Comedy Festival and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s 2009 Pride Festival. Created and performed by NinaArsenault?. Presented at The Bus Stop Theatre, July 20, 21 and 23. $15 Regular, $10 Students, Seniors and Underwaged.

Obaberima - Written and performed by Ghanaian-born, Toronto-based actor, Tawiah M'carthy and directed by Evalyn Parry (Clean Irene & Dirty Maxine), Obaberima is a retrospective of a young boy and her coming of age between worlds; gender, sexuality and race. Obaberima was developed through Buddies In Bad Times Theatre's Young Creators' Unit and presented as part of the 2009 Rhubarb Festival. Presented on a Double-Bill with Very Secret Ceremony at The Bus Stop Theatre, 7:00 pm July 20-22. $15 Regular, $10 Students, Seniors and Underwaged.

Very Secret Ceremony - Convinced that their worlds are coming to an end, a baseball champ, a prom queen and a drag queen rendezvous at their old high school to celebrate past glories, mourn past mistakes, and pave the way for whatever new world is dawning. Created by Zuppa Theatre Co. in collaboration with Verve Mwendo Dance. Starring SusanLeblancCrawford?, BenStone? and Stewart Legere. Directed by AlexMcLean?. Devised from choreography by Verve Mwendo Dance. Costumes by Leesa Hamilton. Presented on a Double-Bill with Obaberima at The Bus Stop Theatre, 7:00 pm July 20-22. $15 Regular, $10 Students, Seniors and Underwaged.

Tickets for all performances except Hedwig and the Angry Inch can be purchased in advance at Venus Envy, 1598 Barrington Street, or at the door. Tickets for Hedwig and the Angry Inch can be purchased through trrrash.com. Artists will be available for interviews on request. For more information on Queer Acts and Halifax Pride, visit halifaxpride.ca.

QUEER ACTS Theatre Festival Media Contact: AdamReid?, Festival Producer chesleyreid@hotmail.com 902-403-6798