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Criminal Queerness Festival

National Queer Theater & Dixon Place Present

In Partnership With the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and NYC Pride 

Global stories for global impact.

June 13th  - 29th 2020


Bringing together renowned queer playwrights from around the world, National Queer Theater and Dixon Place are providing a platform for artists facing censorship, shining a light on critical stories from across the globe. 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. A Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact awardee, the festival is proud to partner with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for community engagement and outreach. Don’t miss The New York Times and The Advocate recommended theatrical event of the Pride season!

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"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."

- Thrillist 

"Brilliant...The work itself will charm the socks off you. Another resounding success by National Queer Theater." - Hi! Drama

Community Partners


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2020 Credits

Community Programs Coordinator - Bri Ng Schwartz
Stage Manager - Jiawen Hu
Producer - Adam Odsess-Rubin
Associate Producer - Andrew Perez
Casting Director - Victor Vazquez
Administrative Intern - Tali Natter
Press Representative - John Wyszniewski


2020 Schedule

Week One:
June 13 at 2pm EST 
Creative Conversations: The Syrian Civil War and LGBTQ communities with Omer Abbas Salem, Danny Ramadan, Noor Hamdi, and Commissioner Bitta Mostofi Moderated by Adam A. Elsayigh


Week Two:
June 16 at 12pm EST
Creative Conversations: Queer transnational activism in the Middle East with Sivan Battat, Pooya Mohseni, Amahl Khouri, and Hashem Hashem

June 17 at 12pm EST
Queer and Disabled: Examining the imagination with Christopher Núñez


June 19 at 8pm EST
Reading of Mosque4Mosque with talkback, by Omer Abbas Salem directed by Sharifa Yasmin starring Noor Hamdi*, Connor Bryant*, Rula Gardenier*, Bahar Beihaghi, and Martin Zebari*


June 20 at 1pm EST
LGBTQ Digital Pride and Migration 2020: Looking Backward and Moving Forward Together, featuring an excerpt of She He Me, moderated by Edafe Okporo


June 21 at 1pm EST
Master Class with Omer Abbas Salem and TARAB NYC


June 21 at 4pm EST
Performance of She He Me with talkback, by Amahl Khouri directed by Sivan Battat starring Pooya Mohseni*, Samy Nour Younes*, and Louis Sallan


June 22 at 8pm EST
The House of Joy: A Tent Revival for the Legendary Quarantined Children with Roger Q. Mason and Ianne Fields Stewart

Week Three

June 23 at 7pm EST
Panel on LGBTQ human rights in Latin America, moderated by Marlene Ramirez-Cancio with Migguel Anggelo and Immigration Equality


June 25 at 7pm EST
Queering Trauma into Fabulousness: Master Class with J. Julian Christopher in partnership with The LGBT Center


June 26 at 2pm EST
Master Class with Amahl Khouri and Samy Nour Younes Figaredo on giving testimony, In partnership with New York Transgender Advocacy Group


June 26 at 7pm EST
vichitra: an anthology of queer dreams, Directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Video by Kameron Neal, Sound Design by Jeremy S. Bloom. Post-show discussion with Shayok Misha Chowdhury and Meetu Chilana


June 28 at 7pm EST
Maid in America, Conceived and Starring Migguel Anggelo
Written by J. Julian Christopher
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Jaime Lozano
Costumes by Ryan Park
Director of Photography and Editing by Gustavo Campos
Directed by SRĐA 


June 29 at 3pm EST
Master Class with Mashuq Mushtaq Deen and Kalakars


*We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Union, Actors’ Equity Association, through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their consideration in permitting the artists to appear in this program

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA).

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