I’m thrilled to invite you to Kyoung’s Pacific Beat’s PILLOWTALK, part of the Consortium of Asian-American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) “Radical Acts Festival” in Victory Gardens in Chicago.
Set in contemporary Brooklyn, PILLOWTALK brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple. Through a formal exploration of theatrical naturalism and the codified gender norms of ballet’s pas de deux, PILLOWTALK confronts the backlash against marriage equality and #BlackLivesMatter, illuminating how liberation and oppression co-exist in our most intimate spaces.
Following a successful New York City World Premiere this January, which received a rave review from the New York Times, PILLOWTALK will tour to Chicago and perform on Friday, Aug. 17th and Saturday, Aug. 18th at 8pm.
PILLOWTALK LONG TABLE
Kyoung’s Pacific Beat has partnered with ALTA—The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago, Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago, Nothing Without a Company, Pop Magic Productions, The Sip, Urban Theater Company at Batey Urbano, six, local grass-roots organizations serving queer, artists and activists of color.
Together, we’ll host a long-table discussion on “Feminist Perspectives on Building Intersectional Communities,” facilitated by Joy Messinger (Program Officer of Third Wave Fund) and invited speakers Lenox Magee (The Sip), Denise Serna (Pop Magic Productions), Jessie Fuentes (Puerto Rican Agenda in Chicago), Kyra Jones (Northwestern Univeristy), Hannah Li-Epstein (Nothing Without a Company) and Guest Culturebot Blogger, Tanuja Jagernauth.
The long-table will center Chicago-based, queer artists and activists of color and foster a conversation about the solidarity and dynamics that exists within different affinity groups in the QPOC community and how male-led institutions can relinquish power to elevate female, trans, nonbinary, and GNC leadership.
I hope you can join us in Chicago! You can learn more about PILLOWTALK in our interview with The Windy City Journal or by visiting our website, www.kyoungspacificbeat.org.
Kyoung H. Park