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Gayly Forward: Queer Arts Shows In Seattle Include Translations Film Fest; “Little Shop” and Tupperware


4/13-5/5 (Thursday-Saturday)

Year of the Rooster @ MAP/18th & Union

Play, tickets pay-what-you-will, online or at door   
A play about cockfighting and masculinity that, while not a queer play exactly, is by a trans playwright, Olivia Dufault.  See Michael Strangeways’ review here.    

8 pm.  Info here.

(Trans focus)


4/24-5/6 (Tuesday-Sunday)  

Angels in America Part II: Perestroika @ UW Drama/Jones
Play, previews 4/24 & 4/26, tickets $10 preview, $20 regular; pay-what-you-can 5/2  

Part two of Tony Kushner’s epic tale of AIDS in 1980s America begins in a ruined place where the old orders are splintering and everything—and everyone—has come apart.  A story about locating hope in the midst of chaos. NOTE: Runtime is 3.5 hours, with two intermissions.

7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm.  Info and schedule here.

(Queer historical play)


4/30-5/14 (Mondays)

After Hours: Introducing … @ ArtsWest

Variety/showcase, $30+ tickets

Highlighting up-and-coming Seattle talents with music, merriment, and dazzling new talent.  Featuring Dani Hobbs (4/30), Nicholas Japaul Bernard (5/7), and Tyler Dobies (5/14).

7:30 pm.  Info here.

(Queer arts)


5/3-5/12 (Thursday-Saturday)

Translations Film Festival @ Erickson Theater & other Capitol Hill locations

Film festival, $13 tickets for most films (some discounted and free events)

The world’s largest transgender film festival is back, in its 13th year.  Screenings focus on foreign films this year, plus shorts showcases, a deaf-friendly lineup, and special events.  

Various times.  Info and schedule here.

(Queer films, Trans focus)


5/3-5/6 (Thursday-Sunday)

Sean Dorsey: The Missing Generation @ Velocity

Modern dance, $20 tickets

A dance-theater that is “a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors—those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.”  Sean Dorsey is an acclaimed trans choreographer.

7:30 pm.  Info here.  If you’d like to check out a dance workshop, view related ones on 5/2 (here) and 5/5 (here).

(Queer arts, Trans focus)  


5/4 (Friday)

Spin the Bottle @ Annex  

Variety show, $10 tickets

Late-night variety show every first Friday.  This month includes smut, musicals, storytelling, burlesque, and prizes.

11 pm.  Info here, tickets here.

(Variety show with some queer arts)

Little Shop of Horrors gets gender bent in this fun new production!

Little Shop of Horrors gets gender bent in this fun new production!

5/4-5/19 (Friday-Saturday)

Little Shop of Horrors @ Reboot Theatre/Slate

Musical, $25

The campy sci-fi gem follows the story of Seymour, a misfit flower shop clerk who discovers an unusual plant that gains him fame and fortune — even if it is a cannibal.  Features genderqueer & drag performers in leading roles.

7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm.  Info and schedule here.

(Queer arts)


5/6 (Sunday)

Dixie’s Tupperware Party @ Pantages (Tacoma)  

Drag/theatre performance, $19+ tickets

Join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good ol’ fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, giveaways, and audience participation.

7:30 pm.  Info here.

(Queer arts)




5/11-5/13 (Friday-Sunday)

hooked up: a cabaret @ Velocity Dance   

Cabaret, music, $15-$25 tickets

A cabaret about experiences in hookup culture, set against the bewildering backdrop of dating in Seattle.  A four-piece, all queer band will play rockabilly to alternative to 2000s pop.

7:30 pm, Saturday 7:30 & 10 pm.  Info and schedule here.  

(Queer arts)


5/11-5/26 (Friday-Saturday)  

Bent @ Changing Scene/Dukesbay (Tacoma)  
Play, tickets $18  

Martin Sherman’s classic play on queer men during the Holocaust.  

7:30 pm, Sunday 6 pm (5/20 only).  Info and schedule here.

(Queer historical play)

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT RELY ON THE ABOVE INFO.  Though we strive for accuracy, please check with the venue itself before making plans.


Column will run every week.  Wondering about the title? Urban Dictionary explains it for you: “Gay people, even when taking directions, do not ‘go straight.’  When we proceed in the direction we are facing we move gayly forward.”


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Have events to submit?  Email press release to  Find more events (queer arts and otherwise) on the Other Voices Calendar here.  


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