QUEER, ILL + OKAY (2016) - Michelle Zacarias
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
DEV_N AND SK KERASTAS
JUICEBOX (formerly DIRTY GRITS) + VASILIOS PAPAPITSIOS
KAY ULANDAY BARRETT
PHILLIP LAMBERT X BLAKNBRILLIANT
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.