TheatreFIRST continues it’s 20-21 virtual season with three unique narratives that center the queer experience. These three new play-films spotlight the work of playwrights Tom Swift, Lisa Evans, and Lady Zen with stories of strength, longevity, and triumph.  

First, on June 18th, we will premiere A MARRIAGE by Tom Swift, directed by Brendan Simon, and visually designed by Ben Euphrat. A MARRIAGE begins on a quiet, lonely night, when two unlikely strangers make the unlikely decision to fall in love. Swift uses his deft ability to spin humor and pathos to tell a story of thirty years in these two men’s lives.

Opening night live stream June 18th @ 8pm. Available to rent through Sept. 1.

Next, on July 2nd, Lisa Evans’ YOU REALLY SHOULD SIT LIKE A LADY premieres.. Directed by Leigh Rondon-Davis, visually designed by Marisa Ramos, and performed by Evans, YOU REALLY SHOULD SIT LIKE A LADY uses music and sound as a mixtape for this solo piece’s framework to explore the hilarious, perplexing, and sometimes infuriating contradictions in the process of gender identity formation. 

Opening night live stream July 2nd @ 8pm. Available to rent through Sept. 1.

Our final premiere, WHAT’S IN A NAME, arrives on July 30. Written, developed, and performed by Lady Zen, directed by Jon Tracy and designed by Sebastian Villan and Ben Euphrat, this hybrid, one-person play is based on true events in the life of entertainer and storyteller Lady Zen, shot on location in Guanajuato, Mexico. A South American orphan is adopted by a missionary couple from Arkansas running a boarding school in Maringá, Brazil. WHAT’S IN A NAME is a story about an international queer performing artist’s journey of radical acceptance.

REVISED OPENING DATE: Opening night live stream July 30 @ 8pm. Available to rent through Sept. 1.

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