When Live Arts and the Philly Fringe kick off next month (Sept. 7-22) LGBT audiences will have a lot of relevant events to choose from this season. Sexuality and gender themes – as well as many out performers – all play starring roles in everything from theatre and dance to cabaret and go-go.
Here are our top picks:
Bang (all photos courtesy of Live Arts)
Charlotte Ford’s “Bang” explores sexuality and gender roles in a “comedic clown theater spectacular” set under the glow of a pink neon sex show sign. Ford joins Lee Etzold and Sarah Sanford (of Pig Iron) for a very sexually explicit exploration of nudity, desire, gender roles and arousal – and did we say nudity (Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street)?
Sept. 7-10, 13 and 14
Two young women fall unexpectedly in love in “Stop Kiss” by Diana Son. And on the night of their first kiss, they are brutally attacked. The performance alternates between scenes before and after the assault, while taking a serious approach to the reality of hate crimes in America (The Arts Garage, 1533–35 Ridge Avenue).
Sept 7-9, 13-15-16 and 20-22
Get hot and heavy (and hard) for art during “Rub,” an erotic performance by Gunnar Montana and Jasmine Zieroff at – where else? – a strip club (The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad Street).
Sept. 8, 14-15, 20 and 22
“Raw Stitch” (7 p.m.) by Jacqueline Goldfinger is a play about the “enthusiastically inebriated and the sexually active,” featuring nine new monologues. Each audience member even receives a PBR, condom, and dental dam with the price of admission (Quig’s Pub at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, 3rd Floor).
Sept 7-8, 12-15, 17, 19–22, 25 and 26
Brat Productions presents “RockPile: Popsicle’s Departure, 1989” and “Eternal Glamnation,” a double feature of rock ‘n roll theater. In “Popsicle’s Departure, 1989,” Madi Distefano remounts her internationally award-winning solo tour about the end of the punk rock scene in Boston, while “Eternal Glamnation” is a nuclear glam-rock fantasia cabaret (Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street).
Sept. 14, 16, 18 and 24
Brian Sanders’ JUNK is back with “The Gate Reopened,” a dance theatre-in-the-round that takes over a warehouse on the Delaware River. The out choreographer imagines a world inside this massive structure in which a gate has been built as a 20-foot high cylindrical octagon. Audiences encircle eight dancers in a kind of futuristic, post-industrial, post-apocalyptic coliseum where the performers are suspended and propelled (Pier 9, 121 North Columbus Boulevard).
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