Final Frontier Festival

Gadfly Theatre boldly goes where some corners of the science-fiction and fantasy worlds (we're looking at you, Star Trek) have barely dared to go: deep into the LGBTQ world. The company's new project, Final Frontier Festival, collects six short plays that exist at the intersection between geek and queer cultures. "As lifelong geeks ourselves, this is really a passion project for my business partner and I," says Gadfly's Cassandra Snow, "but we'd been putting it off until the time felt right." This inspiration includes the increased queer visibility in geek culture, along with increased misogyny and homophobia. After an open call for submissions centered on science-fiction and fantasy themes, the organizers found themselves with plenty of potential shows. "Then we read through hundreds of one-acts, picked the 10 that fit the mission of the company and the festival the best and were the best written, and then each of the six directors picked their favorites of those for us," Snow says. The plays include Who Killed Captain Kirk? (murder at a science-fiction convention), Gargle McFury Slays Gender Essentialism (an examination of various mythologies), and Matthew A. Everett's Love Bot, which turns one of the oldest science-fiction clichés on its head by having the pair responsible for repopulating the Earth be a gay man and lesbian woman. Each evening features three of the six plays, with tickets available for individual shows or the full evening. The bridging of the two cultures is ongoing, and one that Snow sees as important, for this generation and the next. "Growing up, I had tons of comic books in my bag while hanging out with the only out gay kid in high school and the hardcore rock-fan girls. So if you don't find yourselves wrapped up in entitlement and privilege, that's where you end up as a geek: hanging out with this eclectic, progressive group. I think those roots lead you to speaking out when something bugs you," she says. $15 individual shows; $20 full evening; $40 festival pass (select shows are pay-what-you-can). Email [email protected] for more ticket info. (Pictured: Lovebot)
Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: June 13. Continues through June 22, 2014

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