$18.59 - ‘CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL’

CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL, CRIMINAL QUEERNESS FESTIVAL TICKETS, CRIMINAL QUEERNESS

ABOUT

According to a 2017 study from OutRight International, 72 countries continue to criminalize same-sex relationships and eight countries still apply the death penalty for LGBTQ people. And yet, queer communities throughout the Global South are organizing and building coalitions for freedom, justice, and pride. Bringing together renown queer playwrights from around the world, National Queer Theater is providing a platform for artists facing censorship, shining a light on critical stories from around the world. The Criminal Queerness Festival challenges audiences to engage and reflect upon the status of civil rights in the United States in order to better support LGBTQ people abroad. In order to build a truly global queer community, these writers are inspiring activism and shaping our culture towards the equitable treatment of LGBTQ people around the world.

PRICE

$18.59 - YOUTH TICKETS
$21.69 - GENERAL ADMISSION

WHEN

Various Dates from June 4th - July 7 2019

WHERE

IRT Theater
154 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

More information https://www.nationalqueertheater.org/criminalqueernessfestival

THE SHOWS

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Waafrika 123

ABOUT

Content Warning: Depictions of transphobic, homophobic, and misogynistic violence, language describing sexual assault and self harm. 

1992. Kenya. On the eve of the country’s first democratic elections, everyone is brewing with expression, including a remote rural village called Luoland located some 250 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. There, although lesbians and queers ‘don’t exist’ in Kenya, two queer people fall in love: Bobby, an American development worker and Awino from the Luo tribe. To complicate matters, Awino’s father is also the Chief who enforces traditions and codes. So when famine strikes, the villagers blame the queer couple for the many deaths by starvation. To regain equilibrium, to make everything “normal” once again, Awino – trans, queer and African – must be “circumcised” – by force – so Awino can act like "a real African woman" rather than a woman “who wants to be” a man, and Bobby must leave. Will Awino and Bobby agree to separate for the good of their community? Will the village itself change? Or will Awino's resilience and resistance give birth to Queer Africa?  

WHEN

Jun 20 8pm
Jun 21 8pm
Jun 22 2pm & 8pm
Jun 23 8pm

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Jhaanjar Di Paanwan Chhankaar

ABOUT

Aspiring musician, Hamza decides to live away from his overprotective mother, Mrs. Sohail. Living in an apartment that he is still getting used to, a random, free-spirited neighbor, Zaman walks into his apartment one day, and they begin to bond. Mrs. Sohail makes a surprise visit and she begins to question everything Hamza has chosen to do. After asserting his desires and dreams to his mother, Hamza reminds her that she has the impetus to his empowerment while growing up and would like to continue on living his life with the independence she had prepared him for as a child.

WHEN

Jun 27 8pm
Jun 28 8pm
Jun 29 2pm & 8pm
Jun 30 8pm

JOKER

ABOUT

A Filipino gay writer and activist settles into a straight marriage in Hawai'i to keep a promise he's made. The tenuous calm is rocked by the arrival of a former friend of his from the Philippines. Will the life he carefully constructed crush around him? Set during the run-up to marriage equality in Hawai'i, Joker explores love, loss and the power of our promises.

WHEN

July 3rd  8pm
July 4th  8pm
July 5th 8pm
July 6th 2pm & 8pm