OUT’hood FEST: Uncommon Ties by Liz James

October 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – October 29, 2017 @ 9:30 pm
Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St
MA 02119
The Theater Offensive

OUT’hood FEST is Boston’s newest festival that lifts up the voices and works of local LGBTQ artists of color. All of the works presented at the festival are new original works and works-in-progress. Tickets are $10 pre-sale (click on the EventBrite link to purchase) or pay what makes you happy at the door!

After her divorce, Valerie learns a lot about love, marriage, family, and herself. Born out of playwright Liz James’ experiences as a young Black lesbian in the late 80’s, Uncommon Ties takes us into the heart of downtown Boston, where a resilient young woman grapples with her identities as a mother and a daughter — and her attraction to women. As the Lattimeir family ties threaten to unravel, they will all have to confront the prejudice and denial that has shaped their lives.

Elizabeth James discovered her love of theater in elementary school when she was cast as the lead for the musical Annie in the fifth grade. In the same year, she also launched her career as a playwright with her first play, Maya’s Party. Ms. James enjoys being involved in all aspects of theater and has a genuine love for working with children. As a high school student, she began to study theater while also remaining active as an actor and writer. She earned a degree in Theater Arts, with a minor in Creative Writing, from Roxbury Community College and went on to earn her BA in Theater and Early Childhood Education from UMass Boston. Ms. James first wrote Uncommon Ties as a writing exercise in 1999 for a creative writing class, and further developed it in 2004 in an advanced playwriting class with Janet Kenny. Uncommon Ties, inspired by actual events, has been a labor of love for Ms. James and she is proud to present it in the 2017 OUT’hood Festival.

OUT’hood FEST is the culmination of The Theater Offensive’s OUT’hood Residency Program, which supports the creation of artwork by, for, and/or about LGBTQ people. This residency program supports artists with mentorship, in-kind resources, and financial support. OUT’hood FEST and the OUT’hood Residency Program were made possible by the Barr Foundation and the Klarman Family Foundation. Additional support for OUT’hood Fest comes from our co-presenter Hibernian Hall, the National Performance Network, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Cultural Council, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition.

Since 1989, The Theater Offensive has served its mission with groundbreaking interactive workshops and shows by, for, and about the LGBTQ community. Our work is called OUT In Your Neighborhood (OUT’hood) because we go beyond traditional theater spaces. OUT’hood reflects the diversity of Boston, gives voice to underserved LGBT community members, creates avenues for cross-cultural dialogue, and breaks down the barriers of homophobia, racism, bigotry, and hate. To learn more, visit ttoboston.org.