Boston Theater Company Embraces 'The Gay Agenda' with Upcoming Virtual Preview

Thursday September 3, 2020

Sunny Bhatt, Pixie Adventura and Stephanie Loraine. Three of the LGBTQ individuals interviewed for "The Gay Agenda"
Sunny Bhatt, Pixie Adventura and Stephanie Loraine. Three of the LGBTQ individuals interviewed for "The Gay Agenda"  (Source:Boston Theater Company)

Boston Theater Company, the organization that produced "Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon," is excited to announce a one-time, virtual preview performance of its newest work "The Gay Agenda: A Documentary Play About the LGBTQ+ Community" on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. during the Fierce Urgency of Now (FUN) virtual festival hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

This one-time virtual preview event will offer audiences the chance to watch a staged reading of this documentary play involving local actors, designers, and technicians preceding an eventual world premiere in 2021.

The performance is free, and ZOOM registration is required. Please visit gayagendaplay.com to register. BTC is encouraging a suggested donation of $10 to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Donations can be made here.

The performance will also offer a live interactive talkback with guest speakers.

"The Gay Agenda (TGA)" offers a heart-wrenching, at times amusing, and always glitter-filled peek into what it is like to identify as LGBTQ+ in today's world. Using words taken directly from interviews, TGA takes us on a journey through the interviewees' most memorable and impactful memories. These interviews are approached through the eyes of artists who are attempting to create theater in partnership with those being interviewed. Every word in the script is verbatim from interviews, and this unique approach to theater gives a voice to these real-life people. TGA connects the lives of many different individuals, all growing up in the modern age while carrying the burden that inevitably comes along with deviating from the societal "norm." Interviews in the piece represent the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community; the TGA team hopes to solidify 100 interviews before their world premiere.

"The Gay Agenda" creator Joey Frangieh shares, "Documentary theater allows art to be created by a community; here with TGA we are curating real stories by real people. This type of art removes the traditional limitations of one playwright's ideas and allows the opportunity for multiple voices to come together."

Frangieh continues, "I didn't come to the interviews with a list of questions, rather I engaged in human-to-human connection and conversation. To date, 70% of our interviewees are BIPOC. I've spoken with people all over the world, including some who remain anonymous (sometimes from countries where it is not safe for them to come out). We are creating a community of LGBTQ+ individuals who are sharing their stories so that we can showcase the complexity of the community. Black Lives Matter and Black Queer Lives Matter."

For more on "The Gay Agenda (TGA)," click here.

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