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 Derek Van Barham to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Derek here and get your tickets!
Derek Van Barham is a freelance director, choreographer, playwright, and improviser, and queer about town. He is the Associate Artistic Director of Pride Films & Plays. For Pride, Derek has worked on such LGBTQ+ excursions as Angry Fags, Perfect Arrangement, BITE, Kill Your Boyfriends, Songs from an Unmade Bed, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. . He also got his gay on with New American Folk Theatre and their 80s sex-ploration Hot Pink, or Ready to Blow; Hell in a Handbag with Dan Savage's play Miracle! about a deaf/blind drag queen named Helen Stellar, and Circle Theatre with the just opened Chicago premiere of The View Upstairs, a pop disco musical about New Orleans' Upstairs Lounge, the site of the 1973 arson attack, one of the deadliest hate crimes in US history. He was named one of Windy City Times 30 Under 30, recognizing the "best & brightest" individuals from Chicago's LGBTQ+ community. Up next is Homos, or Everyone in America with Pride Films & Plays, and penning a holiday parody of his favorite comedy of all time. Get ready for Snomi Malone and Ice Crystal Conners in SNOWGIRLS the musical, coming this holiday season.
What's the Queerest thing you've ever done?
Our last trip to NYC was in 2014, when Idina Menzel was on Broadway in If/Then. We didn't want to see the show, bc...it didn't look good. But we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Miss Menzel in person. We were walking by the Richard Rodgers Theatre and saw a crowd gathered by the stage door. The show had just ended, and her presence was imminent. We couldn't get close enough for direct contact, so we climbed the base of a nearby light pole for a better view. We were immediately yelled at by a cop, scolded for not acting our age, and asked to come down. Rather than stick around to work through the crowd, we went to get do-nuts instead. The quick succession of disinterest, curiosity, risk-taking, disobedience, shame, self-loathing, choosing sugar over singers, and back to disinterest is the path we ALL take, right?
Also, what is If/Then even about? Is it Sliding Doors the Musical? Does Gwyneth know they made Sliding Doors the Musical?
Who's your favorite Queer icon?
Gina Gershon. Do you think she's reading this? If she is -- thank you, Gina!