FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New Orleans Queer Youth Theater presents its first public performance, Beyond Acceptance.
The New Orleans Queer Youth Theater (NOQYT) is a new initiative begun through the nationally recognized Pride Youth Theater Alliance by New Orleans based theater artists Rachel Lee, Rebecca Mwase, and Evan Spigelman. NOQYT is a transformative safe space for queer and allied youth to come together, share stories, learn theater techniques and build communal power. NOQYT began its programming in September of 2013, hosting a semester of open workshops for any interested youth. Its second semester began in January 2014 when auditions were held for a core ensemble. From that process a group of seven emerging theater makers began working tirelessly on building NOQYT’s first public performance: Beyond Acceptance.
Beyond Acceptance will debut on April 18 and 19 (at 8:00 pm) and April 20 (at 3:00 pm) at the Dryades Theater (1232 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd). Admission is $5-$10 sliding scale for youth 21 and under, and a sliding scale of $20 and above for anyone over 21.
Beyond Acceptance imagines what would happen if the heteronormative world we are all used to collided with the queer world the youth of NOQYT want to see. The results are honest, hard-hitting, and never what you’d expect. Through personal stories, original music and movement, and a series of unforgettable characters (all created by the youth ensemble), Beyond Acceptance will take you into a world where everyone is free to be their fiercest selves.
The New Orleans Queer Youth Theater presents
1232 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
April 18 and 19 at 8:00 pm
April 20 at 3:00 pm
$5-$10 for youth 21 and under
$15 for student and seniors
$20 and up for anyone age 21 and above