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Queer narratives are often overlooked in theatre spaces and beyond -- attend CURIOUS to listen to and share queer stories close to the hearts of our audiences, and maybe watch your story come to life on stage!
We have created this space to center queer narratives, and have put together an ensemble of young people identifying as lgbtq+ to learn how to hold our stories with grace and trust themselves and each other to create beautiful scenes using the improvisational form of Playback Theatre.
During this sharing, audience members will be prompted to share stories from their lived experiences, inspiring an improvised scene by our actors! This event is open to all but spots are limited to allow for a more casual, intimate environment.
Produced with support from the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy and the Arizona Community Foundation
A “keysmash” according to urban dictionary, is “exactly that, a random smashing of the keyboard that conveys intense or overwhelming emotion that cannot be expressed through words.” And we know that that is what trying to talk about mental health can feel like. For both young people and adults there is a tremendous amount of shame, stigma, and secrecy wrapped around these topics. We often don’t know how to start talking about anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, the things that feel hardest, even when we want and need to. This project both imagines a future where mental health support is naturally embedded into all facets of our lives, and provides immediate resources and help to teens in crisis. Available for tour now!
Produced in partnership with Bring Change to Mind and the Laloboy Foundation with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Scottsdale Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Arizona Humanities, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
In 1904, forty Irish Catholic orphans were brought to Arizona so they could be placed with Catholic families. These families, like most Catholics in Arizona at the time, were Mexican. White people in the community, enraged at the idea of white children being placed in Mexican homes, formed a vigilante squad to “rescue” them, over the objection of both the children and their adoptive families. This violent mob kidnapped the children, nearly lynching the local nuns and priest in the process. When the Catholic church sued on behalf of the families to get their children back, the courts ruled in favor of the kidnappers. Rising Youth Theatre will use this moment in history as a starting point for an immersive theatre experience and community dialogue, drawing connections between this moment in history and the world we live in now. Workshop performance in spring 2023. Produced with support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Rising Youth Theatre’s signature production, The Light Rail Plays is back for it's 10th Anniversary Performance! Based on the platform at the Tempe Transit Center, this project brings a public art performance to life on and around the Valley Metro Light Rail in February 2023. The project puts young people and adults into direct, one on one partnership and explores the nature of public transit and public art, specifically in our community. Produced in partnership with Valley Metro and the City of Tempe.