CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL
The Criminal Queerness Festival
Global stories for global impact.
Showcasing the top LGBTQ plays from countries across the world where queerness is censored or criminalized, the Criminal Queerness Festival explores global homophobia and world pride. With its inaugural season premiering on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Criminal Queerness Festival puts international queer stories on the world stage.
National Queer Theater seeks to build upon the success and impact of the inaugural Criminal Queerness Festival in coming years. The Festival will continue to showcase the work of playwrights from countries where LGBTQ communities are criminalized and censored.
By continuing to invest in expanding the potential of the Criminal Queerness Festival moving forward, NQT will help to ensure its sustainability and continued presence and impact in the ongoing advocacy and activism addressing LGBTQ decriminalization worldwide.
Stay tuned for more information on the Criminal Queerness Festival's
"Don't skip" - New York Times
"Not to be missed" - Instinct Magazine
"One of six ways to resist at WorldPride" - The Advocate
"Can't miss...The National Queer Theater is giving a censorship-free voice to four international playwrights whose stories of love, oppression, and injustice shed light on the paucity of civil rights progress made in other parts of the world."
"Brilliant...The work itself will charm the socks off you. Another resounding success by National Queer Theater." - Hi! Drama
2019 Production Team
Producer: Adam Odsess-Rubin
Stage Manager: Jiawen Hu
Scenic/Props Design: Riw Rakkulchon
Sound Designer: Chris Darbassie
Lighting Designer: Leslie Gray
Costume Designer: Jules Peiperl
Production Manager: Brian Cummins
Assistant Stage Manager: Jess Orense
Assistant Stage Manager: Marcos Ospina
Dramaturg: Linnea Valdivia
Box Office Manager: Ben Jones
Photographer: Sean Velasco-Dodge
Press Representative: Stuart Richardson
Volunteer Coordinator: Amy Ackerman
Production Assistant: Joshua Bouchard
Administrative Intern: Evan Greene
According to a 2017 study from OutRight International, 72 countries continue to criminalize same-sex relationships and eight countries still apply the death penalty for LGBTQ people. And yet, queer communities throughout the Global South are organizing and building coalitions for freedom, justice, and pride. Bringing together renown queer playwrights from around the world, National Queer Theater is providing a platform for artists facing censorship, shining a light on critical stories from around the world. The Criminal Queerness Festival challenges audiences to engage and reflect upon the status of civil rights in the United States in order to better support LGBTQ people abroad. In order to build a truly global queer community, these writers are inspiring activism and shaping our culture towards the equitable treatment of LGBTQ people around the world.
Equity Approved Showcase. Equity Members appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production.