november, 2018

mon05nov7:00 pmLife Lines: Queer Stories of SurvivalClick Here for Details7:00 pm The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd Street, NYCEvent Type :Performances

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Event Details

In honor of The Trevor Project’s 20th anniversary, a cast of 11 LGBTQ storytellers from around the country, selected from a nationwide call for stories, will take part in a TMI Project true storytelling workshop led by Academy Award-winner James Lecesne alongside TMI Project Co-founders Eva Tenuto and Julie Novak. Life Lines: Queer Stories of Survival is the culmination of that work.

The production will feature inspiring true personal stories of triumph in the face of suicidal attempts or ideations with a goal of raising awareness about the importance of The Trevor Project Lifeline and similar suicide prevention services. Life Lines: Queer Stories of Survival will take place on November 5, 2018, on the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center in NYC.

Plus, a special performance from the gospel choir Exousia of the Rivers of Living Water UCC!

MEET THE STORYTELLERS

  • Bailey Anderson
    Bailey Anderson

    Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

    Hometown: Spring, TX

    “…my life forever changed when I finally accepted who I was. Made up my mind and decided to start living authentically and telling the world who I am. I am a transgender woman of color. That statement saved my life.”

    youtube.com/baileyestevez

  • SAMUEL BRINTON
    SAMUEL BRINTON

    Pronoun: They/Them/Theirs

    Hometown: Alexandria, VA

    “I’ve never seen such a change as the time after I got help. My grades improved. My friendships deepened. My smile returned. When you think you are alone it makes the world a place of pain, as you see connections between others, thinking you don’t deserve the same.”

  • WESLEY CHIHA
    WESLEY CHIHA

    Pronoun: He/Him/His

    Hometown: Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

    “My call to The Trevor Project changed my life by allowing me to see I wasn’t alone. To see myself as strong and envision how I will be when I grow up. I use this experience to live a great life and be myself. Show the world who I am and make a difference.”

  • DUSTY CHILDERS
    DUSTY CHILDERS

    Pronoun: He/Him/His

    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

    “My parents and sister were incredible. They let me guide the way and let me know that if I was gay I could tell them and it would be perfectly okay…It was still a very long journey to happiness, but I was no longer carrying the burden alone.”

  • RAINE GRAYSON
    RAINE GRAYSON

    Pronoun: He/Him/His

    Hometown:Forked River, NJ

    “I am thankful every day that I reached out in the myriad of little ways I did – that I didn’t end up a story between some train tracks and instead I’m a story of survival and perseverance. I’m not the depressed kid with the cut up thighs who drives in circles for hours convincing himself not to wrap his car around a tree on the mountaintops. Now, I’m the out and proud trans man who devotes every day to making life better for everyone and absolutely takes no shit and demands respect not just from everyone around him, but from himself as well.”

  • MICHAEL GREENBERG
    MICHAEL GREENBERG

    Pronoun: He/Him/His

    Hometown: Saugerties, NY

    “The road out of my depression was long, and not without occasional backpedaling, but having a person willing and able to see me through everything I had constructed allowed me to find a way forward.”

  • RAY LONG
    RAY LONG

    Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

    Hometown: Greenfield, WI

    “I don’t remember a lot of things but I will always remember the line that changed everything. The person on the other end said, “You are worth more than this moment.” I sat down and cried.”

  • RANDI E. M. ROMO
    RANDI E. M. ROMO

    Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

    Hometown: Little Rock, AR

    “Although it took me over half of my life, I now understood that I had a right to be alive and that I wanted to ensure that other queer kids could have the chance to stay alive through the hard parts. I look at my life and I still see the horrors, but I also see the beautiful and wondrous experiences that I would have missed had I succeeded in killing myself.”

  • CECE SUAZO
    CECE SUAZO

    Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

    Hometown: Highland, CA

    “I know I have something deeply rooted that I’ve never shared with the world. I’m looking for closure and I’m looking for hope.”

  • IO TILLETT WRIGHT
    IO TILLETT WRIGHT

    Pronoun: He/Him/His

    Hometown: Joshua Tree, CA

    “I’m a thriving, living, loving, alive human. I realized I was trans, that I was burying deep shame around that. I moved to a completely new, quieter surrounding, and finally found my footing in who I am, and was able to achieve some major goals: buying a house, maintaining a stable healthy relationship, etc.”

    selfevidentproject.com/

  • MICHAEL ZAHLER
    MICHAEL ZAHLER

    Pronoun: He/Him/His

    Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

    “I understand that we are the total of our experience, and every bit of it makes us who we are. Finally, who I became was someone I wanted very much to live as, for as long as the universe lets me.”

    youtube.com/user/mhztunes

WORKSHOP LEADERS

  • EVA TENUTO
    EVA TENUTO CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TMI PROJECT

    Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

    EVA TENUTO is the co-founder and executive director of TMI Project. She studied acting at American Academy of Dramatic Arts and went on to found The Women’s Experimental Theater Group. Since 2010, Eva has brought TMI Project from her living room to a host of performance spaces, theaters, high schools, colleges, detention centers, mental health facilities, and the United Nations. Eva is the editor and director of multiple solo shows, one of which was awarded Best Comedic Script of 2014 in the United Solo Festival. Eva’s own true stories have been published in numerous anthologies. More at www.evatenuto.com

  • JULIE NOVAK
    JULIE NOVAK CO-FOUNDER & WORKSHOP LEADER, TMI PROJECT

    Pronoun: She/Her/Hers

    Julie Novak enjoys making people laugh, feel loved and consider their role in making the world a better place. With a background in improv training, including work at Second City Chicago and Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Julie brings a sense of playfulness to the TMI Project workshops she facilitates while modeling the vulnerability that comes with expressing yourself in bold new ways. Among her favorite populations to work with are LGBTQ+ young adults, and she was recently invited to be the keynote speaker at the first Hudson Valley QueerCon, a one-day gathering of LGBTQ+ students from various high schools around the area.

    Julie is also the host of No One Like You, a radio show and podcast airing weekly on Radio Kingston, where she interviews inspiring local people who share uplifting stories about turning their kryptonite into their superpower. Her past work has included a successful run of her one-person show, “America’s Next Top: One Top’s Hysterical Take on Life, Love, Tools, and Boxes” which premiered, to rave reviews, at NYC Fringe in 2015. More at julienovak.com

  • JAMES LECESNE
    JAMES LECESNE ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE TREVOR PROJECT

    Pronoun: He/Him/His

    James Lecesne wrote the short film TREVOR, which won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. He created THE ROAD HOME Stories of Children of War, which was presented at the International Peace Initiative at The Hague.  He adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of The City for Showtime and was a writer on the series, Will & Grace. He has written three novels for young adults and created The Letter Q, a collection of Letters by Queer Writers to their Younger Selves. As an actor, he has appeared on TV (Sex & The City), on Broadway (The Best Man) and Off-Broadway (The Boys in The Band, Cloud 9, One Man Band, Word of Mouth (Drama Desk). James has won awards from The Outer Critic Circle, The Off Broadway Theater Alliance and The United Solo Festival for his performance in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. The NYTimes has ranked him “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.” More at jameslecesne.com

Time

(Monday) 7:00 pm

Location

The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center

480 W. 42nd Street, NYC

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