Thursday, 30th @ 8pm
Friday, 31st @ 8pm
Saturday, 1st @ 2pm & 8pm
(Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre)
9 Princess St E, Waterloo, ON
Director: Matt White (Greenlight Arts)
Writer: Isaac Mulè
Movement Choreographed by: Jeff Fox
We are very excited to announce our first feature-length production, There Are No Gays In Chechnya. Our show has been moved to May 30th, 31st, and June 1st. This will be a workshopped presentation, leading towards a full scale production which we will announce in the coming months. We have made the decision to move forward with a workshopped presentation because of the ongoing script development, especially having recently connected with survivors of the purge who are living in Amsterdam, and Belgium.
There Are No Gays In Chechnya aims to give voice to those currently being persecuted, and to those who have been killed based on their sexual orientation in eastern Europe.
Joseph, Alexei, Sofia, and Daryia are hopeful that they can avoid the purge, and eventually escape to safety. However, the attacks intensify, with the Chechen government encouraging families to perform honour killings to "purify their families blood," and by hiring "gay-hunters" to find queer people in Chechnya.
This project addresses the continued need for education and advocacy for Queer rights around the world. Based on the research we have gathered, and the testimonials of those who have escaped, There Are No Gays In Chechnya uses scripted dialogue and movement-theatre to bring this story to life. This project also comments on recent world events (the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the gas attack by Assad in Syria), and asks why the world did not responded as quickly to this event as it did to others or why has it taken over two years for any official condemnation from world leaders?