“What is it to play a role, become someone else, slip into another person’s intoxicating or toxic skin? Does it come with any responsibilities? What is it to have a distinct sense of self, to live in line with your values, code of ethics, or morals? Are these kinds of characters diametrically opposed or inherently intertwined?”
Organized with gina young, SORORITY: NOT ME presents a series of character studies by a coterie of queer women and nonbinary performing artists. A diverse group of performers. A diverse group of performers—Taylor Blake, Derya Derman, Tova Katz, Jade Phoenix Martinez, and Naz Riahi—explore other lives, the responsibility of the artist, the self and the non-self, distance and proximity, who we are versus who we want to be, and possibly saxophones.
With its roots as a salon for new short works of theater, music, dance, and solo performance, SORORITY work is always in progress, often a bit dangerous, and somehow evokes the past and the future at the same time.
Founded, curated, and hosted by award-winning playwright and director gina young (she/they), SORORITY took shape in 2016 as a late night k-hole for new short works by women, nonbinary, trans and queer performing artists.
Exploding almost overnight from a small Los Angeles salon into a huge and supportive community of creators with a cult following, SORORITY has gone on to produce staged readings, cabarets, live digital events, and experiences that defy description at venues including The Hammer Museum, Rockwell, Los Angeles Performance Practice's LAX Festival, The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre and many more, spawning a new generation of live performance in Los Angeles, and countless spin offs.
SORORITY work is always in-progress, often a bit dangerous, and somehow evokes the past and the future at the same time. www.sororitytheaterprojects.com @sororitytheatre
gina young (she/they) is an award-winning writer, director, performer and curator. Recent work includes STRAIGHT PLAY (a queer beach blanket musical), developed with Ammo Theater Writers Lab under Bernardo Cubria and workshopped with Los Angeles Performance Practice and Son of Semele; BUTCH BALLET, a movement-theatre piece for a cast of butch women, trans men and nonbinary performers; and ROOM TONE, which is making the film festival circuit starring A League of Their Own's Roberta Colindrez.
Born and raised in Washington DC just in time to be influenced by riot grrrl and third wave activism, gina currently lives in Los Angeles. Their work has been presented by The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Highways, Los Angeles Performance Practice, USC’s Visions & Voices Series, The Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Feminist Center for Creative Work. They are a winner of the HUMANITAS/PLAY LA Prize, a two-time Finalist for Center Theatre Group’s Sherwood Award, a Directors Lab West selectee, and a winner of the Jane Chambers Award for Playwriting for Femmes: A Tragedy.
Young has toured nationally and internationally with original performance work, and worked closely with world-renowned creators such as Ryan Heffington, Joey Soloway, and Cassils.
In 2016, gina founded SORORITY, a new works salon for women, trans and queer performing artists that has produced hundreds of artists and become a hub for queer and feminist performance in LA. Young is also the creator of Feminist Acting Class, a revolutionary experiment in actor training that has been presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, The Hammer Museum, WTFCon, Directors Lab West, and numerous universities. gina studied Drama at NYU/Tisch. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ring of Keys and The Kilroys. Their writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Stranger. Their primary interest is queering content and form.
Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs is organized by Alex Sloane, Associate Curator, and is produced by Amelia Charter, Producer of Performance and Programs, with Brian Dang, former Programming Coordinator, and Michele Huizar, Programming Assistant, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Wonmi's WAREHOUSE Programs is founded by Wonmi & Kihong Kwon and Family.
Thursday, Jul 13, 2023 6pm
SORORITY: NOT ME
a series of character studies organized with gina young
“What is it to play a role, become someone else, slip into another person’s intoxicating or toxic skin? Does it come with any responsibilities? What is it to have a distinct sense of self, to live in line with your values, code of ethics, or morals? Are these kinds of characters diametrically opposed or inherently intertwined?” Organized with gina young, SORORITY: NOT ME presents a series of character studies by a coterie of queer women and nonbinary performing artists. A diverse group…