Category: Queer Arts

A Deeply Satisfying “9 to 5 Inches”

In her most recent theater project, San Francisco drag icon Peaches Christ brought a new show to Seattle last week. “9 to 5 Inches ”— based on the Bechdel Test champion film “9 to 5” — was true to the movie’s theme of sisterhood, empowerment, and dismantling a repressive capitalistic patriarchy from the inside out.

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Phillip Chavira: Keeping Color On Stage

Phillip Chavira, recently hired as the new Executive Director of the Intiman Theater, has a motto: “Keep color on stage.” And he means it. Prior to moving to the Emerald City some three-and-a-half months ago, Chavira produced Eclipsed on Broadway in New York City, which featured the first-ever all-female cast, playwright and directing team on the famous theatrical thoroughfare.

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Rising Up: The Art of Protest, Resistance, and Celebration

Last Thursday Gay City Arts premiered a play entitled Rising Up, a work that openly condemns gentrification and displacement in the Central District by sharing the QTPOC experience and the importance of chosen family. The debut work from playwrights Sara Rosenblatt and Ebo Barton, directed by Barton along with Neve Andromeda Mazique-Bianco, depicted an honest and personal representation of the QTPOC experience in Seattle.

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Taming of the Tension: A Conversation with Coco Peru

Miss Coco Peru has been there and done that – all in a shoulder-length, red flip hairdo, naturally. Unlike most drag performers, Ms. Peru forewent lip-synching and dancing and instead made a name for herself as a monologist and creator of one-woman shows. A period of successful performances in New York’s cabaret circuit eventually led to stints in film and television.

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The Sweet Dichotomy of Cherdonna Shinatra

With a composed, sweet, and measured voice, the woman behind the spastic, exaggerated femme persona known as Cherdonna Shinatra describes her upcoming projects. The tone of the conversation is markedly different compared to the character’s at-times cartoonish physicality, but the woman behind Cherdonna, Seattle’s Jody Kuehner, has no problem with the concept of dichotomy.

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It’s Time For Lady Bunny To Grow Up

It must be hard being Lady Bunny, always being surrounded by people who don’t get that her brand of shock value humor isn’t meant to offend. Constantly having to explain that it’s her audience’s job to not be offended by her jokes, rather than her job as a performer to edit what she says out of decency and human kindness, must be tiring.

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Breaking Taboos with Chocolate Drizzle

Keon Volt Price is not afraid of sex – not afraid to talk about it, to dance sexually in public or even to laugh about it. “Sex is in every culture,” says the Seattle-based 29-year-old dancer and burlesque performer. “No matter how you feel about it, it’s in every culture.”

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