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Q-STAGE: New Works Series
20% Theatre Company Twin Cities and Intermedia Arts present
Q-STAGE: New Works Series
Featuring new works created by 2015 Q-STAGE Artists Shannon Forney, Andrea Jenkins, Basil Kreimendahl, Harrison David Rivers, Deja Stowers, Lucy Lucas Valentine, and Emily Zimmer

May 1-3 & 6-9, 2015


$5 - $25 Sliding Scale
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Q-STAGE: New Works Series presents six experimental new works from local queer-identified artists and performing groups exploring themes of race, gender identity, sexuality, family, class, HIV, sex trafficking, and more, using live theatre, dance, spoken word, video, music, puppetry, clown, burlesque, and storytelling.


Body Parts: Intersectionality
Written and Performed by Andrea Jenkins

This work in progress was originally presented as a part of the Naked Stages Series at Pillsbury House Theatre in 2010, focusing on the dual nature of the human body from the perspective of an African-American transgender woman. This iteration is a continuation of these themes in a multi-media, half performance, half lecture platform drawing from such innovators as Alexs Pate, Bill T. Jones, Sekou Sundiata, and Audre Lourde. Creative. Emotional. Relevant.


The Escape Machines: Power is Nothing Without Control
Created and Performed by Elyssa Kilman, Basil Kreimendahl, and Emily Zimmer

The automobile has deep roots in mainstream American culture. Cars contain secrets, represent dreams, promise freedom and measure success. Do these iconic symbols shift in queer culture? Spanning several decades, The Escape Machines: Power is Nothing Without Control reveals the story of a single car and the queer lives lived inside of it, a vision of what our cars mean to us and say about us.

Friday, May 1 | 7:30PM
Sunday, May 3 | 7:30PM
Saturday, May 9 | 2:30PM


Mark: Un-Gendered, Intra-Black, and Overtly Emotive
Written and Performed by Lucy Lucas Valentine

Mark is a self-marriage. A truth telling, naming names validation session where the audience witnesses the breaking open of a human being, the gathering of their pieces, and the necessity of finding the right places to put them together again.

Adapted from Euripides' The Trojan Women by Harrison David Rivers, Directed by David Mendizábal

In an unnamed hospital
In an unnamed city
Hecuba and her daughters
Await a diagnosis.
This dramatic re-telling of Euripides’ The Trojan Women
Inspired by Jennie Livingston’s seminal ball culture documentary Paris is Burning
Tells the heart-breaking story of a family fighting for survival in the midst of a mysterious plague.

Saturday, May 2 | 7:30PM
Wednesday, May 6 | 7:30PM
Friday, May 8 | 7:30PM


Created by Deja Stowers and performed by Kenna Cottman

explores the value of the body and the use of it to determine different ranks in the world.


Femme Cabaret: A Clown Burlesque - a playful romp on femme folly.
Written and performed by Shannon Forney

BURLESQUE CLOWN EXPLORES “FEMME” – An exploration of self-doubt and social anxiety in the attempt to navigate queer femme identity.  By inhabiting a gender identity that is widely accepted by dominant culture, femmes may risk being in-visibilized within queer culture. How do we perpetuate or reclaim female roles of “Sexy” & “Mommy”?  When do we play roles for ourselves? When do we play roles for others? A playful romp on queer femme identity from the awkward center of a Red Nose Clown.


Sunday, May 3 | 2:30PM
Thursday, May 7 | 7:30PM
Saturday, May 9 | 7:30PM


Kenna-Camara Cottman
has worked in the field of dance for over 20 years, and has been a full-time artist since 2005. Kenna is a Black American Griot, following in the oral tradition of storytelling through art. She has studied traditional and contemporary drum and dance forms, and she is a dance educator who teaches about the history of African peoples through art, culture, movement and song. Managing her own company, Voice of Culture Drum and Dance, has given Kenna the opportunity to train with world class artists and develop her traditional skills. Combining these forms with her experiences, Kenna creates contemporary Black dance that deals with interesting topics, confusing cultural ideas, and movement-based puzzles. Kenna is a recipient of a 2014 McKnight Fellowship for Dancers, and a 2013 Sage Award for Performance. Kenna is also Cultural Movement and Literacy teacher at Hall Elementary in North Minneapolis, and a member of the S.W.A.G. team of radical educators. Kenna-Camara Cottman is based in Minneapolis, MN and supported by her artistic family, William and Beverly Cottman, Yonci Jameson and Ebrima Sarge. www.kennacottman.com

Originally from Maine, Shannon Forney has performed in the Twin Cities with Jon Ferguson Theater (Animal Farm 2008), TigerLion Arts (MN State Fair 2013), and at the Walker Art Center in a steam punk-musical by the LISPS (FUTURITY 2012). She is a proud Oberlin College graduate and studied Red Nose with master clown, Giovanni Fusetti and contemplative performance with Naropa University faculty, Nina Rolle. Puppetry credits include Odessa's Animal Adventure (2012) at the MN Zoo, Instruments of Tortuga (2007) at Heart of the Beast, and Dreamland Fire Waltz in Boulder Colorado (2003). Shannon is an arts administrator and co-owner of WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR in St Paul. She is also the lead curator for the Smallest Museum in St Paul, a 2015-2016 Knight Foundation St Paul Arts Challenge project. Shannon served as inaugural board chair for 20% Theatre Company from 2009-2012. Her last performance with the company was as ensemble lead for the Minnesota Fringe Festival creation Elephant Shoes and Olive Juice (2008), about miscommunication, inspired by typewriters, tin-can phones, and text messaging. Scooper, her dubious under-dog clown character has made appearances at the Walker Art Center's Open Field (2014), LRT Green Line Launch, and various Twin Cities events. She considers clowning as artistic social practice, engaging audiences in small acts of curiosity.

Andrea Jenkins is an unapologetic Trans-identified, African American female; working Poet, Visual Artist, Activist. Her work mines the themes of gender, race, identity and oppression while still seeking to shine as artistic expression. She has been a part of the local poetry community for years, earning awards, fellowships and commissions. She is a Senior Policy Aide to the 8th Ward City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden and serves on the boards of Intermedia Arts, OutFront Minnesota, Forecast Public Art, and SMARTS. She has one beautiful daughter, Nia, and an equally beautiful granddaughter, Aniyah. Andrea co-curates Intermedia Arts' Queer Voices Reading Series with John Medeiros. In 2010, Andrea was selected to be a Naked Stages Fellow, supported by the Jerome Foundation, to produce a one-woman show loosely based on her manuscript Black Pearl. She was also a 2010 Intermedia Arts VERVE grant recipient for spoken word poetry.

Elyssa Joy Kilman is a writer, performer, and drama and creative arts therapist. She has devised and performed solo and collaborative pieces with Hypergender Burlesque and Wow Café’ Theatre in NYC, and at the Red Hots Burlesque, CounterPulse, and Queer Girl Theatre Project in San Francisco. Elyssa wasa 2010 RADAR Lab Fellow through Radar Productions, a literary organization dedicated to supporting queer artists. She has an MA in Counseling Psychology and Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is also a trained Developmental Transformations practitioner, facilitating creative,psychological and existential growth with folks of all ages through embodiment, encounter and dramatic play.

Basil  Kreimendahl is  a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a current McKnight Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center. Basil’s play Sidewinders won the Rella Lossy Playwright’s Award from the San Francisco Foundation and had its world premiere at The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco as part of their 2013/2014 season. Orange Julius was  developed  at  the  2012  O’Neill  National  Playwrights Conference  and  included  in  La  Jolla  Playhouse’s  DNA New Work Series. Basil was  commissioned  by  Actors  Theatre  of  Louisville  for Remix38 in the 2014 Humana Festival of New Plays. Basil’s plays have also  been  developed  by  New  York  Theatre  Workshop,  About  Face Theatre, Inkwell, Rattlestick, WordBRIDGE, The LARK, and The Oregon Shakespeare  Festival.  Basil  received  a  Jerome  Fellowship  from The Playwrights’  Center,  and  an  Arts  Meets  Activism grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women for theatre work with the trans*  community  in  Louisville.  Basil  has  taught  playwriting  to elementary,  high  school  and  college  students,  founded  and  ran  a playwrights group for queer youth in Louisville called Out On The Edge, and  was  the  Provost’s  Visiting  Writer  at  the  University  of  Iowa 2013/2014. Basil’s  work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Playscripts,  Inc.,  Humana  Festival  2014:  The  Complete  Plays  and  included  in Xlibria’s Becoming: Young Ideas on Gender and Identity. The Cost of a Goat won a National Science Award at KCACTF in 2012. MFA University of Iowa, 2013.

David Francisco Mendizábal is a New York City based director, designer, and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company [TMTC].  Raised in Orlando, Florida, David moved to New York to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts/Playwrights Horizon's Theater School. David has developed work at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Foundry Theatre, UP Theater Company, INTAR, NYMF, National Black Theatre, Dixon Place, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, New York University and Columbia University. He has assisted Robert O'Hara, Trip Cullman, Jo Bonney and Colman Domingo. He recently served as one of the Andrew Mellon Artistic Leader Fellows at the Los Angeles Theatre Center/Latino Theatre Company for the Encuentro 2014, a National festival of Latina/o theatre. He is a Directing Fellow Alumnus of The Drama League Director's Project, a member of the 2014 LAByrinth Theater Company Intensive Ensemble, a member of The Civilian's 2012 R&D Group, and member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He loves chocolate and drag queens and is passionate about bold stories that deal with family, culture, faith and sexuality.

Harrison David Rivers’ plays include, When Last We Flew (2011 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Off Off Broadway Play), Look Upon Our LowlinesssweetThe Bandaged Placelydie, or (s)he who looks inside, awakesWe Are Misquoted TextsTHE SEA & THE STARSThe SalvagersWHERE STORMS ARE BORN and the musicals Jack Perry is Alive (And Dating) (co-written with Daniella Shoshan with music by Julia Meinwald), The Last Queen of Canaan (music by Jacob Yandura and lyrics by Rebekah Melocik) and FIVE POINTS (music and lyrics by Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar). Harrison’s work has been developed and produced by The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, Atlantic Theatre, Atlantic Stage 2, Second Stage, Sundance Institute, P73, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, New Dramatists, The Drama League, Dixon Place, The Movement Theatre Company, The National Black Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Harlem Stage, Freedom Train, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, PRELUDE 2014, About Face Theater (Chicago), Aurora Theatre (Berkeley), Diversionary Theatre (San Diego), Headlong Theatre (London) and the American Airlines Theater on Broadway. Harrison is a 2014-15 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. He has also received a 2010-11 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists and a 2009-10 Emerging Artist of Color Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. Harrison is an alumnus of the 2011-13 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater. He holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Deja Stowers is a Black artist who uses dance, poetry and theater to explore the many bridges to and from Black America and Africa. She has studied dance at Howard University and with master dancers from Senegal and Guinea. She continuously explores body image, language, culture, and modes of oppression. Her most recent works include “Redd-ish” performed at Bryant Lake Bowl and “Orginal(Some)Body/Virgo” performed at Choreographer’s evening at the Walker arts Center. She believes her art is something not to be performed but witnessed. Meaning it takes place with or without people in the room. Raw emotions remain intact to create a natural environment.

Lucy Lucas Valentine is a 23 year old black poly agender androfemme, a flawless queerdo lost in translation and bi-coastal living, aspiring international revolutionary, uninspiring activist, and survivor. Lucy has been making and performing art since age 12 and currently specialize in spoken word, voice, and beat-making. You've seen Lucy at the Blue Nile on Tuesday nights, on the Power To The People stage at the Twin Cities Pride festival (2013, 2014), and as a feature at Poetry for Thought (March 2014). Currently their most familiar stage is at McNally Smith College of Music, where Lucy is pursuing a diploma in Hip Hop Studies and hopes to continue their work at McNally to receive a degree in Voice Performance. Lucy's focus in their academic and creative study is to become a self-sufficient entrepreneurial artist, and to be extended further than they can imagine.

Emily Zimmer is a Minneapolis-based performing artist who has performed on stage with Frank Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Live Action Set, Dykes Do Drag, Queertopia, La Jolla Playhouse, Florida Stage and at Dixon Place. As a 2013 Naked Stages Fellow she performed an original work entitled 3 Figure$ at Pillsbury House Theatre where she currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Chicago Avenue Project. She studied the art of clowning and physical theatre with Pierre Byeland and holds a degree in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College.

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A Part of Intermedia Arts' Catalyst Series