To provide a supportive, encouraging environment for celebrating the artistic vision of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally (LGBTQQIA) individuals; to advance the understanding of gender issues; to foster the expression of creative performance arts by and about the LGBTQQIA community; and to bring dignity, tolerance, and acceptance for the community.
Throughout the year, we present workshops and classes from visiting playwrights. Playwright workshops are conducted by well-known playwrights and authors. After performances, talk-back question-and-answer sessions with the playwright, director, and cast take place. This is a time where the audience can find out the back story about the writing of the play and the backstage production process. We also hold intimate dinner events with the playwrights, directors, and casts to give our sponsors and supporters a chance to talk one-on-one in a casual atmosphere with these artists. Past participants include: New York playwrights Edwin Sanchez and Rich Orfloff; author and playwright Ted Bacino; Chicago playwright Rufus Cadigan; and local playwright Cory Skurdal.
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Main Stage Series
Our main stage series is performed at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. We hold four to five productions each year, utilizing the best artistic and technical professional local talent. Our shows are chosen from recent Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals, and from new works originated by other regional LGBTQQIA theatre companies. We also put on world premieres of works from new emerging playwrights and composers. Our past productions include bare:A Pop Opera, YANK! The Musical, Sons of the Prophet, How I Stepped Out as a Transvestite from BLUNDERLAND, and The Temperamentals. Our future productions will include Sordid Lives, Zanna Don't, Book of Merman, and many more!
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Each year, we bring in nationally known artists and entertainers that are on the forefront of the LGBTQQIA community. Since many of these one night performances are in conjunction with fundraising events, the artists and entertainers graciously reduce their performance fee so that they are more assessable to the Columbus-area audience. For many of these artists and entertainers, this is their first exposure to the central Ohio area and the community. This year, we will bring Mr. Del Shores, author of the comedy classes Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies, Yellow, and the soon-to-be-release feature film A Very Sordid Wedding. We will also be bring in Miss Coco Peru, the drag persona of American actor, comedian, and performer Clinton Leupp, known for his role in the 1999 independent feature film Trick and for his series of live theater performances.
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