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Richmond Triangle Players proudly announces the launch of a new signature program – the So.Queer Playwrights Festival. This festival will focus on encouraging the creation and development of works with an emphasis on southern LGBTQ+ writers and stories.

“The So.Queer Playwrights Festival brings RTP to the forefront in the region to inspire and develop of new LGBTQ+ musical and non-musical works,” says RTP artistic director Lucian Restivo, “using a unique process of radical collaboration and supportive engagement with playwrights, actors, and audiences.”

The competitive, biennial festival of LGBTQ+ works will lead to the selection of one work by a playwright — a work that RTP will develop further in close collaboration with the chosen playwright — through a series of salon readings, staged readings, and minimalized productions, as well as consultations with local artists, mentorship from theatre experts, and the provision of other creative supports. 

“What really makes this Festival different is the approach we are taking,” Restivo continued. “In addition to being one of the few initiatives of its kind in the country, we are committing to developing the work of a new playwright every two years, and to a process that is based on affirmations, dignity, and loving but direct truth-telling.  And we hope to find stories rooted in our region, and those that reflect the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community.”

The idea for the Festival sprung from an endowed fund created by former RTP artistic director John Knapp and his husband Tom Gillham, dedicated to the creation and development of new musical and non-musical work.  RTP convened a committee that spent more than a year researching other competitions and festivals across the country, and defining how RTP’s could distinguish itself.

We look forward to seeing you all at the inaugural So.Queer Playwrights Festival!