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The Young Creators Unit at Buddies

The ever-inspirational, annual Rhubarb Festival kicks off this Wednesday evening at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, for a two week romp of outside-the-box new performance / theatre / dance / music.   I love this festival and the line-up this year is amazing, with all kinds of stuff that I’m excited to see… but most of all, I am excited for this year’s Young Creators Unit presentations, taking place Feb 23/24, and March 2/3 at 6 pm.

I’m biased, of course:  I’m the Director of the Unit :).  But it’s truly a unique and special program, and I feel so very lucky to get to do this work.  Every year I mentor four young queer creator / performers (age 25 and under) through the creation of a one-person show, and this has been an especially interesting year. We’ve been working together since October, and I can tell you that they are quite an exceptional bunch:   each has a truly unique perspective and a fascinating, important and moving story to tell.   They’ve inspired and challenged and changed me though our work together.

The 25-minute shows are unveiled two at a time, first Katie Sly and Shaista Latif (Feb 23 and 24) and then Aemilius (Milo) Ramirez and Sina Gilani (March 2 and 3).    Four truly unique, insightful, fierce and courageous new voices that warrant your attention.

Sat Feb 23 and Sun Feb 24 @ 6 pm
Evil Love Songs by Katie Sly, guest director Jess Dobkin
Graceful Rebellions by Shaista Latif, directed by Evalyn Parry

Sat March 2 and Sun March 3 @ 6 pm
How to Store Pomegranates by Sina Gilani, directed by Alistair Newton
To the Other Side by Aemilius Ramirez, guest director Gein Wong

All performances are PWYC (pay what you can), or admission is included with your Rhubarb ticket. Hope to see you there!