Getting to Know LGBTQ+: The Gay Agenda

Our country has been divided in so many ways throughout history. Sometimes it is a political agenda and other times it is human nature. This Saturday September 19th, The Boston Theatre Company (BTC) will start stitching up some of those divisions with a virtual performance of The Gay Agenda- A Documentary about the LGBTQ+ Community.

We throw around terms like millennials, yuppies (or whatever the new word for that is), suburbanites, and such. These words are constantly creating a division between ourselves and others. It’s a bad habit and its getting worse. One way to break down those facades is to zoom in closer. You then see people as individuals. You see where they resemble one another and how they often have more in common with you than the group they were thrown into.

Boston Theater Company, previously produced Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon. On Saturday, September 19th, 2020 at 8:00 pm, the company will have a one-time virtual preview performance of its newest work The Gay Agenda: A Documentary Play About the LGBTQ+ Community during the Fierce Urgency of Now (FUN) virtual festival.

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

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.

The Gay Agenda creator Joey Frangieh

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.”

The performance is free, but 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.

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