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4×15: Round 31
Queer Baby Jesus
Created by Jacob Jarrett (MTF MAKER) & Nina Roy
Directed by Alexis Powell
QUEER BABY JESUS tells the story of Jo (a non-binary trans-masculine Catholic) and Mara (a queer Atheist Jewish cisgender woman), a couple in Ann Arbor, Michigan who are searching for an accepting faith community. Shortly after joining a Unitarian Universalist congregation, an Angel appears to Jo and tells them Mara is pregnant with the second coming of Christ. Confused by the biological impossibility of her pregnancy, Mara takes twenty seven pregnancy tests, all confirming she is indeed with child. Together, Mara and Jo are forced to confront their faith, their new congregation, and what it means to start a family.
New York City School System
Created by Milo Cramer
NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM is a series of spoken-sung, goofily staccato, wildly narrative poem-songs about 13-year-olds from the five boroughs desperate to get into viciously competitive NYC high schools. Each of these tortured anti-ballads presents a tiny, loving portrait of a hopeful adolescent student, and offers a sneakily profound meditation on inequality, self-worth, the parent-child contract, learning, unlearning, and the cruelty of puberty. Performed neurotically by creator & SAT tutor Milo Cramer; loosely extrapolated from real teenagers.
The Pain in My Gay-Mormon, Half-Korean Ass
Written/Composed by Danny Larsen
Directed by Brandon Ivie
THE PAIN IN MY GAY-MORMON, HALF-KOREAN ASS follows the journeys of a son, father, and mother who are struggling to find truth and reconciliation with themselves and with one another after they have each been deeply impacted by a clash that has arisen between their shared religion and their individual identities. When Jay shows up unannounced at his gay, half-Korean son Deacon’s NYC apartment and tells him he has left Deacon’s Korean mother, Minhee because he is gay, the three family members begin their individual journeys to discover their personal truths and to try and find reconciliation within themselves and with one another. Deacon, a 20-something, aspiring fantasy novelist who grew up in Utah as Mormon, but who now lives in New York City, has been haunted by the conflict between his love for his religion and his desire to live as an openly gay man, as well as the conflict he feels as an artist of mixed heritage, which has resulted in both acute anxiety and a physiological sciatic pain that is personified in the character of Sci. Prodded and provoked by Sci throughout, Deacon faces the decision of whether to be excommunicated or to close the door on living an openly gay life forever.
Music/Lyrics by Joel Esher
Book/Lyrics by Gregory Van Acker
Book by Montserrat Olmos Lozano
Directed by Adrian Alexander Alea
When fifteen-year-old Yara is forced to defend herself against gang members in her native El Salvador, she has no choice but to embark on a treacherous journey over two border lines. Along the way, she forms a “familia improvisada” (makeshift family) with an internal migrant field worker, a pious artist from Honduras, and a bitter human smuggler, changing their paths and their lives with her unwavering hope and imagination. Featuring a contemporary musical theater score with heavy Latin influences, NOPLACE is a passionate tale of hope, survival, the search for home in the aftermath of escape, and badass migrants doing badass things.