THE GAY HERITAGE PROJECT (Canada)
JANUARY 6 - 31
— The Globe & MailThree of our country’s most gifted creator/performers set out to answer one question: is there such a thing as a gay heritage? In their search, they uncover a rich history not often shared and shine new light on contemporary gay culture. The result is a hilarious and moving homage to the people who came before us and the events that continue to shape our lives.This Dora-nominated smash hit production and audience favourite comes back to Buddies for a limited engagement before embarking on a nation-wide tour.Using their personal histories and individual cultural heritages as jumping off points, each of the three creators behind The Gay Heritage Project set out to discover their connections to queer people and events in the past. Working closely with historian J. Paul Halferty, they spent hours researching the ancient anecdotes, secret correspondences, and overlooked footnotes that currently comprise queer history. What they discovered was an array of heroes and stories that inspire, comfort, challenge, and empower.Paul, Damien, and Andrew bring these people and stories to life on stage in rapid-fire succession using a highly physical, comedic, and fast-paced performance style. They offer us an eclectic mix of historical characters and reenactments that shed light on the forgotten champions and occurrences that created our community. In doing so, they educate us about our past and inspire us to further unearth an expansive but overlooked part of our history.
“Funny, imaginative, thought-provoking… a wide-ranging and wildly entertaining inquiry into what it means to be gay.”
The Gay Heritage Project goes on the roadFollowing its Toronto engagement, The Gay Heritage Project will tour to cities across western Canada.
The Gay Heritage Project was developed in Buddies Residency Program, sponsored by BMO Financial Group. buddiesinbadtimes.com/residency