COME AS YOU ARE: Burlington

Burlington, VT
Date Range: 
Fri, 09/17/2010 - Sat, 09/18/2010
Date / Venue: 

September 17th and 18th
Flynn Performing Arts Center
153 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401

LGBT "Stonewall Celebration"
“When We Danced,” written and performed by Gregory Ramos
and “Come As You Are” with Boston’s Theatre Offensive and Melissa Li, Josie Leavitt, House of LeMay, Shawn Lipenski, and others

Friday, September 17, 2010, 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 7:00 PM

$25 adults, $21 students

Society has lost or is close to losing the people who fought, rallied, and resisted the social structures that once made queerness a crime, a mental disease, and caused us to lie about who we are to ourselves and to the world. They laid the foundation and created the changes that led to domestic partnerships, civil unions, and (at least in some states) gay marriage. Based on extensive interviews, Gregory Ramos’ When We Danced seeks to capture the stories of these individuals and their perspectives on aging.

Come As You Are is a raucous celebration of queer sexuality in honor of the 41st anniversary of Stonewall. Abe Rybeck from Boston’s Theatre Offensive will perform excerpts from A Street Theater Named Desire, a show about the history of the Theatre Offensive’s AIDS activist performance work in gay cruising areas. The excerpts will include the pieces Grand Old Fag—about dynamics between generations of gay cruisers—and It’s Risky, a hysterical cabaret number about anal sex, sadomasochism, and falling in love. The evening also includes music and storytelling by guitarist Melissa Li and percussionist Ashley Baier, and features outrageous turns from Burlington’s Josie Leavitt, the House of LeMay, Shawn Lipenski, and others.

NOTE: There is greater seating capacity for Come As You Are, which begins at 9 pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.