The Fantastical, Dangerous, Journey of Q
Produced by Rebel Playhouse at the 14th Street Y
December 1-16th 2018
Book by: Ric Averill
Music & Lyrics by: Dax Dupuy
Directed by: Sarah Sutliff
Music Direction by: Christina Bottley
Production Stage Manager: Nat Kelley DiMario
Puppet Design by: Rosa Douglas
Lighting Design by: Cassandra Cohen
Q is the story of a nonbinary 5th grader struggling to fit in at school, dealing with their parents being at odds, and navigating a concept of gender that no one but their mysterious friend and neighbor Nix seems to understand. My first show with Rebel Playhouse took me on a magic, musical adventure that dealt with gender in a way I've never been able to experience in theatre before. The Rebels were dedicated to bringing another trans artist onto the project, and thus began my time with this show.
I was brought onto the process for Q a week before tech. Tasked with something that was a lot more complicated than originally planned, I had to quickly learn the show, build trust with the actors, and establish authority in a new theatre with technical staff I'd never met. In addition to running lights and sound, I had to call cues for live mics. But despite the rocky road to opening, it was well worth the effort. Among other things, the most rewarding part was my mom seeing the show and telling me how she cried seeing someone like me represented and supported by their parents on stage.