QUEER, ILL, + OKAY is an annual multidisciplinary performance series exploring, challenging and reinventing narratives about the lives of queer individuals and their relationships to HIV and other forms of mental and chronic illness. After being diagnosed as HIV+ in 2013, Joseph Varisco, Creative Director of JRV MAJESTY Productions invited an expansive artistic community to create new work around the relationship between queerness, the body, and chronic illness.
AVERY R. YOUNG
DIRTY GRITS AND VASILIOS PAPAPISIOS
KAY ULANDAY BARRETT
PHILLIP LAMBERT X BLAKNBRILLIANT
Dates: December 9-10 and 16-17, 2016
Curtain Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Tickets: Free. Tickets are on sale now at publicaccesstheatre.org
QUEER, ILL + OKAY will appear at Oracle Theater (1802 W. Bernice Ave. in Chicago) in partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Alphawood Foundation Art AIDS America Chicago,
The Chicago Community Trust, FredSays, Howard Brown Health.
Accessibility services will be provided and announced soon. Oracle Theatre is ADA Accessible. For questions or additional information on accessibility please contact Accessibility Director Havalah Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org
QIO first appeared for Poonie's Cabaret at Links Hall in October 2013, DfbrL8r Performing Arts Gallery (2014), and Storefront Theater (2015) sold out to over 1000 audience members. Educational workshops and community conversations were added in partnership with Howard Brown Health to provide information and resources about living with chronic illness. Since first appearing QIO has reached over 5000 artists and audience members.
ABOUT JOE VARISCO:
Joseph Varisco (Producer) performs independent production and development support to underrepresented, HIV+, and queer populations as Program Coordinator of @Art AIDS America Chicago at Alphawood Foundation, co-curator at Salonathon, and Resident Curator for Poonie's Cabaret at Links Hall. Varisco is the creator of the annual performance series QUEER, ILL + OKAY, sits on the Victory Gardens Theater Community Leadership Council, a recipient of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, and Visual AIDS grants and Program Director of the Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program via High Concept Labs.