Homos, Or Everyone in America
Provocative, Outrageously Funny And Hot as All Hell!
Adventures in association with Q Theatre
Homos, Or Everyone in America
Written by Jordan Seavey
Directed by Shane Bosher
Drug use, club culture, casual and overt racism, identity, classism, even the use of that rancid little word “faggot” - it’s all up for discussion in the sexually blunt, politically incorrect, outrageously funny dramedy, HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA, which kicks off Auckland’s 2019 theatre year at Q Theatre on January 30.
Charting a wonderfully mismatched relationship from a highly-intoxicated first date on, New York playwright Jordan Seavey walks the line between the personal and the political. He asks whether the LGBTQI+ community has lost its way – and if there really is such a thing as equality.
“If we have equality, must we give up or lose our fertile queer culture, itself at least partly a result of oppression and persecution? And if persecution has ended, why are people still being beaten and killed?”Seavey says.
Inspired by Seavey’s experience of visiting an ex-partner who had been the victim of a hate crime, the play reminds us that changes to the law do not offer a permanent fix – and that hearts and minds needs to be changed for equality to be achieved. Life is much more nuanced than just ‘Speaking your truth’ and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. With laws currently being rolled back in the United States and Brazil, prejudice is alive and well in the world. This play speaks right into the heart of this cultural moment.
Shane Bosher said, “This play has a beating heart that recalls the film Weekend. One of the things I love about Jordan’s writing is that he talks with great compassion about how queer people come to be family for one another.” Seavey riffs on how queer people can navigate being less than lovers and more than just friends. “His language is eye-poppingly frank. He’s brave enough to talk about the tricky stuff, what we do and don’t talk about and how comfortable we are,” Bosher said.
HOMOS asks provocative questions about the internalisation of homophobia – how it infuses queer people’s lives in lots of ways, often subliminally. How and why do we curb our campness? Why in 2019, do some queer people continue to police themselves to avoid inflaming prejudice?
Named as an Aucklander of the Year in 2005 by Metro, and four-time Director of the Year by the NZ Listener, Shane Bosher is one of the country’s most prolific theatre-makers. The founding Artistic Director of Silo Theatre, Bosher is no stranger to tackling ground-breaking and ambitious works.
A staunch advocate of storytelling which centres the LGBTQI+ experience, Shane has directed some of Auckland’s most celebrated productions for Auckland’s queer community, including Cock, Holding the Man, Take Me Out, The Little Dog Laughed, The Brothers Size and the landmark production of Angels in America. He says, “Storytelling such as this is vital. If we don’t tell our own stories, who will?”
For this NZ Premiere production, Bosher has cast a fierce quartet of next generation talent including Jack Buchanan (Peer Gynt: Recycled, When Sun and Moon Collide, Don Juan), Arlo Green (Hir, A Streetcar Named Desiree) and Harry McNaughton (Shortland Street, Polo, Dynamotion).
HOMOS has already been a trailblazing hit in New York and London. Lauded with four and five-star reviews, both New York Magazine and The Advocate named it as one of the Top 10 Theatre Events of 2016 and the New York Times hailed it as a Critics’ Pick for 2016. Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears recently called it “fresh, funny and firing on all cylinders”.
This is a not-to-be missed theatre event, the first in Q Theatre’s 2019 season. Fearless, compassionate, relevant.
‘A daringly frank, funny and affecting new play… Has an arresting, even bruising honesty.’
New York TImes
‘A blisteringly fine and hilarious play with
New York Magazine
‘Brims with universally recognisable emotions… Seavey asserts the universal need for love, protection, and real intimacy.’
HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA
Q Theatre Loft
January 30 to February 16
Tuesday through Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 5pm
Book at qtheatre.co.nz or 09 309 9771
Part of Auckland Pride Festival 2019