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Join the artistic residents of the New Visions Fellowship, a new initiative of National Queer Theater and The Dramatists Guild of America, as they showcase excerpts from new works amplifying the TGNC experience in scene, song, and performance.

Directed by New Visions Lead Mentor Roger Q. Mason, with Associate Director É Boylan.

Featuring New Works by New Visions Fellows Ayla Xuan Chi Sullivan (they/them) and Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko (he/they).

With appearances by Storm Thomas, Chantal Vorobei Thieves (she/her), and Alexander Paris (they/them) and performances by AUDELCO Award Winner James A. Pierce III (they/them/Jimmy) and Ianne Fields Stewart (she/her/they/them).

Trans and gender non-conforming playwrights, librettists, and performers are living out loud and daring to write it down. Through their art, they envision Black Futures which transform systemic invisibility into fonts of joy, community, and infinite imagination. The Black Trans and Gender-nonconforming playwrights making work in America are at the forefront of Afrofuturism.


"In our continuing efforts to create as safe an environment as possible, we have updated our COVID-19 policy with guidance from the CDC and NYS Department of Health. We are requiring that everyone who visits and works in the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space provide proof of full vaccination and proof of having received a booster, if eligible, and remain masked at all times while in our theater space.


  • If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you are eligible for a booster 5 months after completing your primary vaccination series.  If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are eligible for a booster 2 months after completing your primary vaccination.  If you received the AstraZenca vaccine, you are eligible for a booster 6 months after completing your primary vaccination series.

  • All audience members will need to provide proof of full vaccination and booster, if eligible, along with a government issued photo ID with matching name at the point of building entry on performance date.

  • If you are not yet eligible for a booster and provide proof of full vaccination, you will still be permitted to attend performances.

  • Masks must be worn at all times in the building. KN95/N-95 masks provide the strongest protection against COVID-19 and are strongly encouraged for audience members.

  • Guests 16 and older need to show photo ID and proof of vaccination and booster, if eligible. Guests under 16 need to be fully vaccinated and accompanied by an adult who adheres to MCC's policy of full vaccination and boosted.


As MCC seeks to make our theater more accessible to all, setting an appropriate and effective health and safety plan has been challenging. At this time MCC will not make exceptions for in-person attendees who are not vaccinated and boosted if eligible, regardless of the reason. We understand if you are unable to receive the vaccine, and we regret that we are not able to welcome you to a performance at this time."


The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space is fully ADA-accessible. Please email with any accessibility needs.


Assistive listening devices and in-house captioning will be provided upon request.

The performance will be approx. 70 minutes long.

In line with New York City’s proof of vaccination requirement, theater guests will need to share a photo or copy of their official CDC COVID-19 vaccination card to enter the 14th Street Y Theater. Guests may also use the following options as proof of vaccination: NYC COVID Safe App, NYS Excelsior Pass or an official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S.

Luciérnagas is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC. This production is also made possible by the generous support of The Sparkjoy Foundation.

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