A Queer Divine
“There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us more alive…” – Martha Graham
Written & performed by Sara Felder
Directed by David O’Connor
Performing artist and queer juggler, Sara Felder, enters a new stage with the world premiere of “A Queer Divine” – a theatrical reflection on art, grief and revelation.
In her new solo comedy, Sara ponders, juggles and finally embodies the facts of her existence: She can’t dance, she likes art and people she loves are going to die.
Exposing the truths and fantasies uncovered in dance class, subway rides and theater lobbies, “A Queer Divine” also examines the role of audience and artist and the communal act of performance. There might also be a trip to the ballet.
“A Queer Divine” was made possible in part by a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. It was developed in part with support from the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program at 1812 Productions.
“A Queer Divine” will be performed in neighborhood houses, places of worship and theaters all over Philadelphia, over the course of one week.
FIVE PERFORMANCES. FIVE VENUES. April 15 -26, 2010.
Thurs, April 15, Mishkan Shalom (Roxborough)
Tues, April 20, Gershman Y (Center City)
Thurs, April 22, I-House (W. Philly)
Sat, April 24, Wilma Theatre (Center City)
Mon, April 26, Painted Bride (Center City)
Tickets at brownpapertickets.com
Sara Felder is a Philadelphia-based juggling diva, playwright, humorist and solo theater artist. She was a featured act in Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades, ran away with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, and toured Nicaragua and Cuba with the Women’s Circus and Jugglers for Peace. Most recently she opened for Joan Rivers at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, her solo theater pieces have earned recognition from the Independence Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation and the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. Using her signature style of addressing important social issues with humor, juggling grace and shtik, her solo shows have tackled such topics as a Jewish lesbian wedding, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Abraham Lincoln and depression/bi-polar disorder. “A Queer Divine” is funded in part by the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative.
David O’Connor is a Barrymore nominated director and lighting designer who has won critical and popular claim for, among others, “Master Harold…and the Boys,” “The Lonesome West,” and “the Government Inspector” at the Lantern Theater, and “The Seafarer” and most recently, “Peter Pan” at the Arden. “A Queer Divine” marks the 3rd play that David and Sara are working on together.
Quotes from previous shows:
“Touching, funny and full of surprises. Felder’s subtext was shrewd, and the whole affair, often hilarious, was triumphantly heartwarming.”
"Calling Sara Felder a juggler is a little like referring to Michelangeo as that guy who painted ceilings.”
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