the queer playwright

Video essay for Roundtable: The Queer Playwright, part of Q2Q: A Symposium on Queer Theatre and Performance in Canada

Friday, July 22, 2016 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm,    Rm. 4210, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,  149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver, BC

Co-sponsored by Simon Fraser University and the frank theatre company

Lesley was asked to contribute a work, text, video or performance, in preparation for a roundtable she was invited to speak on in Vancouver. 

Panelists were offered three provocations:

+ As devised, post-dramatic, and interdisciplinary theatricalities become more and more prevalent, where, how and why does the queer playwright function?

+ If what is queer is deconstructive, is "the queer playwright" an oxymoron?

+ And is there a queering that takes place within "traditional" playwriting practices?

Lesley felt the need to address the presuppostion of the binary - 'queer' vs 'straight' or 'heterosexual' - that underlay the questions. She also wanted to explore the idea of what 'queer' is - something not just confined to who one has sex with: also queer as a constellation of values - and to propose that the very nature of being an artist or playwrights is queer.

In addition to participating in the panel, Lesley's new play Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts) will receive a staged reading, directed by Chelsea Haberlin and produced by the frank theatre and Its A Zoo. The play will open in 2018 in Vancouver. The play is inspired by the life and work of video artist Paul Wong