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Criminal Queerness Festival

Showcasing the top LGBTQIA+ plays from around the world, the festival explores global homophobia and resistance for WorldPride 2019.


June 13th - July 6th, 2019 Thurs. - Sun.: 8 PM Saturdays: 2PM & 8 PM


IRT Theater

154 Christopher Street, #3B


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June 13 - July 6, 2019. Thursdays-Sundays 8PM; Saturdays 2PM and 8PM; Additional performance July 3, 8PM.

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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ people around the world.


National Queer Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster and support LGBTQIA+ communities through social justice in the performing arts.

  1. Mainstage Productions: The National Queer Theater Mainstage produces new plays by, for, and with LGBTQIA+ communities.
  2. New Play Development: National Queer Theater invests in supporting early-career LGBTQIA+ playwrights through developmental readings, staged readings, and public workshop productions to diversity the theater cannon.
  3. Education and Community Programs: National Queer Theater partners with community-based nonprofit organizations serving marginalized LGBTQIA+ communities, including the HIV+ community, to empower youth, elders, activists, and educators through the transformative power of theater. These programs include workshops, classes, and long-term residencies led by expert Teaching Artists.

More information: www.nationalqueertheater.org

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.

This program is supported, in part, by NYC Pride's Pride Gives Back grant program along with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY. IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility. irttheater.org.

Hero Image photo courtesy of Arts on Site.