You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Ray Goldberg to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Ray here and get your tickets!
Ray Goldberg is a Chicago-born-and-raised freelance producer and writer. She studied Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan, and is about to begin her MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage at Northwestern. She is currently a staff writer for the award-winning podcast PleasureTown, a content producer and editor for the gaming podcast Tabletop Potluck, and Production Manager for the theatre group Nothing Without a Company."
What's the Queerest thing you've ever done?
The queerest thing I've ever done is more of a Rube Goldberg machine of queerness spanning months, but basically the last film I directed for undergrad ended up being so SO very queer that it made me realize I was trans. I was already a brand new baby bisexual when I pitched a film about drag queens to my film production course. As I enveloped myself more and more in Ann Arbor's drag community, I thought it might be fun to be a drag king. I had already picked a name (Jason Tail) and got 90% of the way through choreographing a routine to Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman" before I realized I didn't actually want to be drag king. I just liked the freedom of the gender-frickery. so I kept up with that part.
Who is your favorite Queer icon?
One of my favorite queer icons at the moment is Janelle Monae. She's a Renaissance woman; she acts, she sings, she writes, she produces. I've loved her back since "The ArchAndroid", but of course "Dirty Computer" is instantly hitting a sweet spot by being unapologetically queer, especially through the lens of a queer woman of color.