If you're looking for something queer, Pagan, or just plain “not Christmas” this December as an antidote to the cornucopia of Santa hats and live Nativities this winter, look no further than Gadfly's own headquarters, The Fox Egg Gallery on December 17th and 18th. Gadfly and its long-term non-monogamous partner The Fox Egg Gallery manage to fit something for everyone into two meaningful nights of community and connection.
First up on December 17th at 7:00 P.M. we have a staged reading of local playwright extraordinaire Eli Effinger-Weintraub's that she describes as her “most Pagan work to date,” The Crown of the Holly Queen. The Crown of the Holly Queen was part of this year's Tease: The Easy Access Script Experience by Little Lifeboats, and offers a Yule focus for the holiday season, speaking to the huge overlap between the substantial Pagan and queer communities that the Twin Cities has to offer. The Crown of the Holly Queen takes place as Winter Solstice approaches, shifting the balance of power in Groveland. Quirk's growing weaker by the day, and Alex may be forced to drastic measures to save her. Gavin's new boss is far more than the ruthless executive she seems to be--but that's okay, because he is, too. And Gwin can only watch as zyr closely guarded secrets become everybody's business. As the darkness grows and the situation worsens, they must each decide what lines they're willing to cross to protect what's theirs. The reading will be directed by Immanuel Elliott and will include the acting talents of Emily Weiss, Starla Larson, Zachariah White, Jay Simmons, and Anna Letts Lakin. There is a suggested donation of $5 but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Then on Sunday night, Gadfly gets off the holiday train altogether with a new twist to their Drunk Queer History series--Sober Queer History on Sunday, December 18th at 7:00 PM. This event will feature actor and dancer Anton Lamon as our storyteller for the evening; while normal DQH events focus solely on stories from the annals of queer history, this format allows for some personal storytelling so that the event can give a much-deserved spotlight to the sober voices in our community doing hard advocacy work and often getting overlooked or edged out of social opportunities. Members of Lavender Panic improv group will take Lamon's stories and run wild, ensuring this event is AT LEAST as entertaining as the regular series. Sober Queer History allows Gadfly the opportunity to collaborate with Out & Sober, an important social group in the Twin Cities that helps queer community members in recovery build sober networks and have access to resources, educational opportunities, and fun social opportunities that are safe and inclusive for them. Gadfly is excited to continue using their run at the Fox Egg Gallery to drive home that this is a safer creative space for all through this partnership. Tickets are just $10, though this event serves as a fundraiser for Gadfly and the Fox Egg Gallery, so higher priced tickets are available and are considered donations.
To get reserve and guarantee your seat, grab your tickets to The Crown of the Holly Queen on December 17th at 7:00 PM here.
To purchase tickets to Sober Queer History on December 18th at 7:00 PM, grab tickets here.
Gadfly Theatre Productions 2016-2017 Season!
She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen
directed by Immanuel Elliott
Following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, Agnes Evan finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook. She then stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
October 7-10 and 14-16
“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”
And Then They Fell
by Tira Palmquist
directed by Cassandra Snow
Jordan Matthews would be fine, if her mother could hold down a decent job, or if her mother hadn't been arrested on another DUI, or if her mother's boyfriend wasn't a skeevy bastard. But things aren't fine, and Jordan's life is falling apart. The adults in her life are either impotent or uninterested, and the only solace comes from out of the blue.
Final Frontier Festival: Fairy Tales
Our annual queer theatre geek festival, this year we are looking for 20-40 minute shows that queer and subvert fairy tales while still respecting the heart and purpose of these tales as old as time. To submit your script, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-June. Other details TBD
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