You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to celebrate PRIDE at Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series this year!. AND ... we're delighted to welcome Eva Friedman to YBR to share a story with us and help us celebrate ... learn a little about Eva here and get your tickets!
Eva is a Chicago-based playwright, director, actor, educator, poet, and storyteller. Most recently, she made her Chicago debut as a playwright and director at the 2019 Rhinoceros Theatre Festival (produced by Prop Thtr & Curious Theatre Branch) with her play, Perennials. She is a proud alumna of Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she directed four of her own plays with Silver Masque Theatre Company, as well as assistant directing productions with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Eva is also a teaching artist with Lifeline Theatre, the current artistic intern at A Red Orchid Theatre, and a Poetry Ambassador with the Poetry Foundation (because who needs sleep, really). You can catch a reading her newest play, Treif Play, at Strawdog Theatre Company on June 30. All of her plays are available for download on National New Play Network's New Play Exchange. evafriedman.com.
Who is your favorite queer icon?
This is going to make me sound like I: 1) am extremely young 2) have questionable taste in TV and 3) am 100% pure unfiltered musical theatre trash but ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE TRUE SO WHO CARES. My favorite queer icon(s) are Santana & Brittany from Glee (remember back in 2009 when Glee was actually good, you guys? Because I DO). These 2 cheerleaders were one of the first examples of bisexual/lesbian/queer love I remember seeing in the mainstream media. And they weren't written as stereotypes - they were two girls whose queerness was just one facet of their rich, complex identities. And they loved each other SO. MUCH. And (spoiler alert) they actually got a HAPPY ENDING! AND they could perform the absolute shit out of the entire Britney Spears songbook, which is just a fun little bonus for viewers like me. It took me about nine years after I saw these kickass ladies make out on my TV to come out, but they (and their itty bitty Cheerios skirts that left absolutely nothing to the imagination) were definitely part of my own Queer Journey (get it? Journey? Because of all the Journey covers on Glee? No? I'll see myself out).