Social media meets the New York stage in the upcoming world premiere of Gemini Stars / Scorpio Stars.
The music-theater work is “inspired by stories of LGBTQ vloggers coming out and self-identifying to the world on YouTube, juxtaposed with stories of exclusion and violence IRL,” according to an official release. “It is a funny and touching performance about Realvlogs love, self-identity, and self-defense while reflecting on what the community has achieved (or hasn’t) using social media.”
Presented by Pioneers Go East Collective at New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theatre, the production is conceived and directed by queer Italian artist Gian Marco Lo Forte in collaboration with Daniel Diaz, a New York-based writer and performer who works from a queer black male perspective.
In residence at La MaMa since 2010, Pioneers Go East Collective, inspired by the poem “Pioneers! O Pioneers!” by Walt Whitman, “explores LGBTQ and feminist stories that merge storytelling and video documentary of real events.”
Likewise, La MaMa’s current 56th season “highlights artists of different generations, gender identities, and cultural backgrounds, who question social mores and confront stereotypes, corruption, bigotry, racism, and xenophobia in their work. Our stages embrace diversity in every form and present artists that persevere with bold self-expression despite social, economic, and political struggle and the 56th season reflects the urgency of reaffirming human interconnectedness.”
Gemini Stars / Scorpio Stars is written, choreographed, and performed by Diaz, Michaela Reggio, Niko Tsocanos, Fleur Voorn, Ryan Leach, and trans performer Jess Barbagallo, who will next be seen on Broadway in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Along with musical guest Ombro de Oro, the show also features performances on video by Julia Dobner-Pereira, G.J. Dowding, Shane O’Neill, and Chloe Piazza. These downtown artists will “share psychological and emotionally intimate experiences.”
Gemini Stars / Scorpio Stars begins December 7 and runs through December 17 at La MaMa Experimental Theatre.