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CRIMINAL QUEERNESS

CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL

JUNE 21-24 AT LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Across the globe, queer artists risk censorship, imprisonment, and violence for simply sharing their truth.

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THIS PRIDE, YOU ARE INVITED TO WITNESS NEW PLAYS FROM THREE EAST AFRICAN LGBTQIA+ WRITERS FIGHTING CRIMINALIZATION THROUGH THEIR ART.

The Criminal Queerness Festival is back at Lincoln Center and will take place in the David Rubenstein Atrium as part of the Summer for the City LGBTQIA+ Pride celebration!

See staged readings of new plays by Muleme Steven of Uganda and Jonathan Opinya Wamukota of Kenya and a full production of Achiro P. Olwoch's The Survival.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating and entry are first-come, first-served; the line will form at the Atrium’s entrance on Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Street.

The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is located at 61 W 62nd St, New York, NY 10023.

ABOUT THE CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL

As the official theater partner of NYC Pride, National Queer Theater is proud to present the fourth annual Criminal Queerness Festival. By presenting the work of international queer artists alongside activist talks, this international theater festival uplifts queer and trans stories from around the world and raises awareness about criminalization.

Since 2019, the Criminal Queerness Festival has produced playwrights from Syria, Venezuela, Iraq, China, Pakistan, Tanzania, Egypt, Mexico, India, and Lebanon. 

The Criminal Queerness Festival is a 2020 NYC Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact Awardee and has been recommended in The New York Times, The Advocate, and Thrillist.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21st at 7:30pm

COURAGE REBIRTH

BY MULEME STEVEN
A STAGED READING
DIRECTED BY ANN C. JAMES

When lesbian singer Fawzia is displaced by political unrest in her home country of Somalia, she finds asylum and an audience for her songs of hope at a refugee camp in Kenya. There, she garners the support and friendship of LGBT Rights activist David Kato, who helps her get to Uganda. When one of her songs goes viral, she is forced to navigate her newfound attention under violent circumstances.

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MULEME STEVEN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22nd at 7:30pm

THREE SHORT PLAYS

BY JONATHAN OPINYA WAMUKOTA
STAGED READINGS
DIRECTED BY RAZ GOLDEN

A compassionate confrontation with death. A blossoming love squashed by hatred. A star-crossed romance torn apart by secrets. In three short plays, Stargazer, Beginner’s Luck, and Waiting for Gordon, Jonathan Opinya Wamukota of Kenya uses his poetic style to craft a picture of the realities of queer love in a society that punishes same-sex romance.

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JONATHAN OPINYA WAMUKOTA

FRIDAY, JUNE 24th at 7:30pm

THE SURVIVAL

BY ACHIRO P. OLWOCH
DIRECTED BY JACOB BASRI

Achan, feeling the pressure of being unmarried at 27, falls for Oyat after meeting him at a bar. Unbeknownst to Achan, Oyat is hoping she will be a surrogate for him and his boyfriend’s child. When Achan learns the truth from Oyat’s boyfriend, John, she must confront her own traditional upbringing to find love and new notions of family in modern Uganda.

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ACHIRO P. OLWOCH

PRODUCTION TEAM

PRODUCER  -  Adam Odsess-Rubin

HEAD CURATOR  -  Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko

STAGE MANAGER  -  Aisling Galvin

CASTING DIRECTOR  -  Joseph Hayes

LIGHTING DESIGNER  -  Moneé Stamp

SOUND DESIGNER  -  Courtney Seyl

COSTUME DESIGNER  -  Jules Pieperl

ACCESSIBILITY

FROM LINCOLN CENTER:

Lincoln Center seeks to create a more inclusive experience for audiences by providing a range of accommodations—no request necessary.

Click here to learn more.

If you require any additional accommodations, please contact access@lincolncenter.org.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

FROM LINCOLN CENTER:

All guests will be required to provide proof that the final dose of their primary COVID-19 vaccination series was administered at least 14 days before entry. For greater detail, please click here . Guests are encouraged but not required to receive a COVID-19 booster if eligible— based on eligibility determined by the CDC

  

Additionally, all guests are required to wear a face covering at all times except when actively eating or drinking. 

At this time, children under 5 will not be admitted. We look forward to welcoming them as vaccination eligibility allows. 

  

These protocols are subject to change in accordance with any updates to city and state guidelines, rules and regulations, and other health and safety recommendations from our medical and public health advisors. 

 

Please stay home if you do not feel well. If you have come in contact recently with someone who has tested positive or you have recently tested positive, please refer to the  latest CDC guidelines for isolation, quarantine and masking recommendations. 

SUPPORT THE CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL

This year, we’re proud to be able to increase artist pay over last year in addition to increasing the number of artists hired—doubling our total artist pay this year. As National Queer Theater continues to grow, we aim to increase our support for queer and international artists each year. In order to continue in our mission to uplift and provide artistic space free of censorship, we need your help.

Contribute today to the Fund for Criminal Queerness.

Our goal is to reach $25,000 by the end of June, so give today and spread the word!

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The Criminal Queerness Festival is made possible with funds from the Howard Gilman Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.