“Where have we come from and where are we going?” That’s the question asked by the new Dreams of Hope play Before Pride. The hour long production explores the journeys of the LGBTQ community, including personal stories from the cast. The play touches on historical moments such as the Stonewall Riot, and educates on ways to move forward. Helped by local artists Adil Mansoor, Paul Kruse, Monica Stephenson, and Maree ReMalia the youth theater ensemble created the original text, music and dance.
Dreams of Hope is an arts-focused LGBTQA youth (ages 13-24) organization dedicated to providing a safe and accepting environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied youth. Started in 2003, the youth performance troupe took the first steps in developing the Dreams of Hope community. Performing 18-20 shows a year, the courageous youth also lead a discussion with the audience during the shows. The ensemble travels to venues like community centers, houses of worship, universities, high schools, corporate diversity lunches, and union halls, educating the public about issues they face.
As Dreams of Hope grew they added two other programs, SPEAQ WebPoets and Summer QUAMP. Organized and run by youth, SPEAQ encourages youth poetry through an online and open mic forum. Summer QUAMP is a week long overnight camp that adds arts and empowering friendships to traditional camp activities. Through performance, poetry, and presentations, the organization creates a welcoming community for all.
You can catch Before Pride at the Alloy Theater at 8pm on January 24th or 25th. Get there early, especially if you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag an online reservation. A limited number of seats are available for walk-ins.