20% Theatre Company presents the 6th annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series, featuring four experimental world premiere performances created by local queer artists Taylor Seaberg, Dua Saleh, Keila Anali Saucedo and D Allen. Q-STAGE seeks to shift consciousness of and about queer identity through new performance work, facilitate conversation surrounding queer identities and queer art, and contribute to the growth of local, emerging queer artists. Q-STAGE 2019 new works include a mix of live music, theatre, video, movement, poetry and storytelling.
Written and directed by Taylor Seaberg. Featuring Taylor Seaberg, Salecia Barry and Nia Madison.
“Weirdo_Indigo Child” is a loosely autobiographical, audio/visual play about Evelyn (Evy) Ngiri (Salecia Barry), a genderqueer, Kenyan-American who spends their life growing up on military bases with an adoptive white father enlisted in the Air Force and a hyper-religious, assimilated Black mother. Evy is a boisterous, outspoken, and political black punk rocker going through the growing pains of adolescence and coming-of-age queerness with their confident and charismatic best friend, Cicada Otieno (Nia Madison). The play follows Evy’s search for validity in their identity and conflict over joining the military reflecting their race, sexuality and gender through love of playing the electric guitar and punk music.
A black genderqueer kid floating in the cosmos, Taylor Seaberg is an experimental, multi-instrumentalist and looping artist. They have performed at an MPR sponsored album release show for Chastity Brown's "Silhouette of Sirens" at the Fitzgerald Theater, a Greenroom Magazine sponsored show for Oshun, as well as Minneapolis Institute of Art's Third Thursday Art + Lit events.
“Displacements and Diaries”
Performed, written and directed by Dua Saleh with contributions from Beth Peloff and Psymun Christensen.
“Displacements and Diaries” is a four-part immersive stage performance that incorporates prose, film, live vocal composition, and theater.
Dua Saleh is a multidisciplinary performing artist based in Minneapolis who centers black, queer, and muslim identities.