Queer plays to hit Calgary’s theatre scene

Theatre has always been a way for artists to express their views on different societal dilemmas.

The homosexual agenda hasn’t always been touched on, but local theatre actors Paul Welch and Jonathan Brower of Third Street Theatre are set to change that.

According to Welch, the duo has a plan to offer lesbian-gay-bisexual theatrical content that will portray the stories of people who aren’t usually heard from on the local theatre scene.

“We’re creating content for the queer community, the type of content that hasn’t been available for quite some time,” he said.

Welch says that the productions at Third Street will be mostly adult-oriented, but several youth shows planned for the future.

“It would be stories about high school bullying, a child having two mothers, etcetera. It would be about being normal,” he said.

Although the idea of establishing a queer-based theatre may not seem groundbreaking, it is a step towards mainstream acceptance of homosexuality in Calgary.

According to Welch, the support from the community has been phenomenal.

“We’re getting people from Vancouver and Halifax inquiring about how they can help out,” he said.

Welch said he wants to change the general perspective of society with regards to queer people.

“We’re about changing attitudes.”

Third Street Theatre is currently hosting a queer play-writing competition, with submissions due in February.

The winner will receive a two-day workshop with professional actors and a public reading on stage.

Third Street Theatre plans on showcasing its first production at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts in April.

In January, Third Street Theatre will be involved in a cabaret performance called Witty and Gay. Visit their website for more information.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Ian Panganiban worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2012-2013 academic year.