Q-STAGE: New Works Series • Winter/Spring 2021

Curated for the first time by Artistic Director Marcela Michelle, the Q-STAGE: New Works Series is an annual experimental incubator program dedicated to providing a stage and resources for local queer & transgender artists to create, develop, and premiere new work. Q-STAGE seeks to shift consciousness of and about queer identity through new performance work, facilitate conversation surrounding queer identities and queer art, and contribute to the growth of local, emerging queer artists.

20% Theatre Company's 7th annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series will feature original works by Nakita Kircher, Kat Purcell, Commarrah J. Yochanan, and Yoni Tamang.

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MARCH 4 -7, 2021

Perspectives on Intimacy

Choreographed by Nakita Kirchner

Performed by Fei Bi Chan, Sophia Meza, and Nakita Kirchner

Perspectives on Intimacy is both meditation on and a vigorous celebration of coexisting intersections of identities. This piece is structured as a pre-recorded online meeting, which fractures the intimacy of a live performance. In this time of reimagining closeness, Perspectives on Intimacy aims to be a grounding practice on the relevance of “vigorous celebration”. Perspectives on Intimacy is an offering of, in sum, a meditative celebration on coexisting identities and shifting ideas of intimacy.

Register for a ticket and you will have access to view each filmed performance the entire weekend, starting at 7pm on Thursday and ending at 11pm on Sunday.


MARCH 11 -14, 2021


Written and Directed by Kat Purcell

Performed by Chava Kokhleffel, Lu Chen, Ondine, and Kat Purcell

CASTLES II is an ambitious, experimental performance mixing live and pre-recorded vignettes which will be performed in a random order using chance operations. Picking up where "CASTLES" (2019, Pangea World Theater) left off, this is a new work exploring themes of barricades, escape, labor, fortresses, bodies, abolition, and nature versus the state (in this case, the so-called "United States of America"). The ensemble places themselves in a challenge, a decision dilemma: do we make the Castle our own, or do we scramble to find the exits?


CASTLES II will stream Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm.


MARCH 18 -21, 2021

Excerpts from The Fawn

Written and Directed by Yoni Tamang

Performed by Mark McGraw and Robyn Char

When two telepathic alien wage-laborers concoct a plan to strike at their oppressors, it goes awry, jettisoning their spacecraft into the deep reaches of their solar system. While one wants to return to their post to carry out their devious plot, the other yearns for a place to call home. Excerpts from The Fawn is a collection of images, scenes, and monologues archived while workshopping this full length drama. The Fawn explores popular tropes in science fiction, the revolutionary impulse, and the intimacy of unlikely partners.

Register for a ticket and you will have access to view each filmed performance the entire weekend, starting at 7pm on Thursday and ending at 11pm on Sunday.

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MARCH 25 -28, 2021

Mx 4 Minneapolis

Created & Performed by Commarrah J. Yochanan

Directed by Marcela Michelle

We are the ancestors. In a future beyond abolition and the land taking us back, Mx our Black trans non-binary descendent would like to petition our help to become Mayor of Minneapolis. Mayor is a Spirit to be summoned through community. They are the leader who will preside over regenerating a totally organic city, year after year, for four years. This, however, year is different. The light generating mycelium Marshaphase, developed for a special purpose, has almost run out of its food—MPD uniforms. Mx wants to guide their people through the oncoming darkness. Their opponent wishes to revive a small police force in order to maintain the light. Will our collective ancestral strength be enough for them to win? Or will fear of the unknown and fear of self prevent Mx from winning election?

Register for a ticket and you will have access to view each filmed performance the entire weekend, starting at 7pm on Thursday and ending at 11pm on Sunday.


About the Artists

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Commarrah J. Yochanan (they/them) is a black, trans-nonbinary, actrix, activist, writer, and ritual-performance-art maker. They are a TransPlant from NY: Graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts for Drama and have 23 years of theater experience, including performances in New York City, Paris, and their true home of Minneapolis.Their piece Ance$tor Money<span ">--an experimental improv with all black trans artists--was featured in Stonewall @ 50 curated by Andrea Jenkins and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. They are one of three Ward 8 appointees to the Minneapolis Arts Commission, the Ward 4 appointee to the Transgender Equity Council for the City of Minneapolis, and have been selected as one of this year’s Marsha P. Johnson Institute membership class of 2020. Please visit Commarrah.com for full resume and booking.

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Nakita Kirchner is a queer Lebanese-American performer in diaspora. Her choreography has been presented at Dear Gaza (2018, 2019) and Controlled Burn (2020). Nakita will perform her work in the second annual Lebanon International Contemporary Dance Festival (2021) and the 2021 season of Q-Space. She currently apprentices with Ananya Dance Theatre.


Kat Purcell (they/them) is a nonbinary trans performer, lighting designer, experimental producer, installation artist and theatrical director-- best known in the Twin Cities as the Producing Director of Lightning Rod, an ever emergent and evolving political flash theatre intensive for artists. They have performed and worked in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Minneapolis. They have worked with (MPLS) Catalyst Arts, Intermedia Arts, Patrick's Cabaret, Guthrie Theater, Southern Theater, Queertopia, Center for Performing Arts, Pangea World Theater, New Native Theater, Red Eye Theater, Kudeta Dance, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Umbrella Collective, Pillsbury House + Theatre, (NYC) Target Margin Theater, HERE Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Old Can Factory, Theatre Three Collaborative, Theatre for a New City, MoMA PS1, Irondale, Incubator Arts f.k.a. Ontological-Hysteric (Paris) Fondation des Etats-Unis, Cei de Facto, and (London) Oubliette Arthouse. Kat graduated from the London International School of Performing Arts in 2009  (now split into two schools: Arthaus-Berlin and Embodied Poetics, London). They are also a passionate activist and organizer, with a focus on prison abolition, immigrant detention and fighting for the bodily autonomy of queer and women folk.

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Yoni Tamang is a multimedia artist, based in Minneapolis since 2008. Their work often combines elements of text, audio-visual installation, performance, and design. One of Yoni's core beliefs is that bacteria already did it all and that there isn't much left for "higher-order" biological entities to do or invent.

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