Speechless - presented by National Queer Theater

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Speechless - presented by National Queer Theater

From Sarah Bedwell

Speechless is a new play by National Queer Theater (NQT) created from the stories of people living with HIV and AIDS, compiled by community partner Project and Connect to fight stigma.

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Help us produce new queer theater.

Speechless is more than a play, it's a community project that we are building together. In 2017 AIDS Activist Daniel DeLoma founded Project and Connect, with the mission to preserve and share the stories of people living with HIV and AIDS. After having collected over 200 stories from the community, he enlisted theater artist Adam Odsess-Rubin to create a play based on these stories which eventually evolved into Speechless, the name taken from one of the stories collected by Project and Connect. 

Wading through dozens and dozens of stories, some heartbreaking, some funny, and most insightful, DeLoma  and Odsess-Rubin landed on eight to theatricalize. They partnered with Theaterlab in New York City to host the performance and Spaceworks to host rehearsals. Odsess-Rubin pulled together a group of outstanding professional actors and designers from NYC's theater community and together they crafted these eight community stories in the play soon to premiere as Speechless

But they need your help. Putting on a play is expensive, especially when it comes from this model of grassroots community organizing. We at National Queer Theater make it a priority to pay our artists well and create a welcoming and safe environment for our audiences. To help pay back some of the costs from the production, and continue supporting queer communities through social justice in the performing arts, we are asking for your generous donation today. Your support will go towards paying hardworking artists as well as NQT's new works and education programs.

Speechless Show Description

How do we break taboo? Shatter them into a million brilliant pieces. Speechless, a new work by Project and Connect with National Queer Theater (NQT) is created from the stories of people living with HIV and AIDS to fight stigma. NQT brings humor and fury to this new piece which includes puppetry, projection, and soul-shaking music.

Tickets are $5-$30, please pay what you can! TICKETS

Director: Adam Odsess-Rubin

Cast: AnJu Hyppolite, Jay Romero, Juan Daner, Rob Gaetano, and Rosie Vaughn

Music Director & Assistant Director: Abe Johnson

Scenic/Props/Puppetry Designer: Ashley Setzler

Costume Designer: Alida Rose Delaney

Media & Sound Designer: Attilio Rigotti

Dramaturg: Daniel DeLoma

Stage Manager: Jiawen Hu

Publicity: Sean Chia

Production Manager: Alyssa Glenn

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