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We believe a radical new approach to the representation of “queerness” is called for — one that embraces a spectrum of relationships and identities. We propose a definition of queerness that serves as a metaphor for ALL those who stand outside of, challenge, or reject mainstream, consumerist models. This is the community for whom we make our work— gay and straight.

Since 2004, our productions have straddled many contradictions and had it both ways: popular and alternative; gay and straight; pleasing and provoking. We search for the connections between queer experience and the “straight” or “mainstream” population. We draw from our rich theatrical and literary heritage to inspire exciting new work. We are commited to creating theatrical events that confront our cultural and political concerns and that have social impact and spiritual consequence. Finally, alongside our productions, we are committed to educating and developing future generations of artists and audiences.

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

Cornbury: The Queen's Governor  | Open: 01/24/09 Close: 02/08/09
Was one of the first governors of New York a drag queen? Cornbury: The Queen's Governor relates the legendary tale of Edward Hyde, the British governor of colonial New York who is now remembered primarily for his rumored habit of dressing as his first cousin, Queen Anne.

With wit, beautiful language, and lots of heart, this riotous historical romp raises important questions about the early days of New York, and the nature of American society.

Co-written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee William M. Hoffman (As, Is; Ghosts of Versailles) and Anthony Holland, Cornbury features downtown theater legends David Greenspan and Everett Quinton together on stage for the first time.

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Cornbury: The Queen's Governor  | Open: 01/24/09 Close: 02/08/09
Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, was the English governor of New York and New Jersey, from 1702-1708. A controversial figure, he is now remembered primarily for his rumored habit of dressing as his first cousin, Queen Anne. In other words, an early English governor of New York was quite possibly a drag queen—and not a very pretty one, if the portrait reportedly of him in women's clothing that hangs in the New York Historical Society is an accurate portrayal.

Through its fictional accounting of events around Lord Cornbury's governorship, CORNBURY: THE QUEEN'S GOVERNOR celebrates the ongoing cultural diversity and vitality of the Big Apple. A satirical romp in the tradition of The Ridiculous Theatre, the play also raises important questions about American culture: Are we inclusive or intolerant? How do we integrate individual differences of ethnicity, religion, and sexuality into what it means to be an "American"?

THE QUEEN'S GOVERNOR is directed by Theatre Askew co-artistic director Tim Cusack, with set designs by OBIE winner Mark Beard and costumes by Emmy nominee David Zyla. In addition to David Greenspan (Boys In The Band, Some Men, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Hairspray) and Everett Quinton (The Mystery of Irma Vep, Women Beware Women and countless other plays with The Ridiculous Theatrical Company), the production stars Ken Kliban (Drama Desk nomination for As Is), Bianca Leigh (Transamerica, I Claudius Live) and Jenne Vath (Tooth of Crime/La MaMa, Anna Christie/Metropolitan Playhouse).

William M. Hoffman is best known for his groundbreaking play about the AIDS epidemic, As Is, for which he was nominated for the Tony and Pulitzer Prize and received the OBIE and Drama Desk awards. New York Magazine recently named it one of the most significant New York cultural works of the past 40 years. He also wrote the libretto for the Metropolitan Opera's The Ghosts of Versailles with music by John Corigliano.