Jun 21-23, 2024

The Queer Woods

What does it mean to be in a natural environment? What grows, what lives, what thrives in the space of uncultivated wildness? Queer spaces are most often conceived of as built environments; the bookstore, the club, a neighborhood full of rainbow flags. This talk conceived by director, performer and landscape gardener Mimi McGurl proposes that forests, woodland meadows, and maybe even a large backyard have been there too, offering those of us who never quite fit in a place for self-discovery and acceptance. One part tree science lecture, one part queer literary history, and finally, this will be a meditation on the wilderness as a celebration of diverse humanity and its infinite possibilities.

The program will include a short film by Cassandra Rogers and a reading by Jess Beveridge of the Farm Arts Collective.

Jun 22, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
the 108, 108 Main St, Narrowsburg, New York
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Mimi McGurl

Mimi McGurl is a freelance theater director, dramaturg, and landscape gardener in the Catskills. She is an associate artist with the Farm Arts Collective (most recently directing Tannis Kowalchuk’s Decompositions) and has also collaborated on several projects with the North American Cultural Laboratory (Courage, The Weather Project, Shakespeare’s Will). She has taught writing classes and directed plays at the Catskill Art Space, NYC’s WOW Cafe Theatre (the Paul Robeson Project), Chashama, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Highways in Los Angeles. She has also been adjunct faculty at NYU, ACT’s MFA program, Mills College, the University of California, Irvine where she received her MFA and Stanford University where she received her PhD.

Cassandra Rogers

Cassandra Rogers is a photographer, filmmaker, and Art Historian currently based in Brooklyn, NY but born and raised along the Upper Delaware River in Long Eddy, NY. She is interested in landscape as a site which records both the physical traces of history and shapes the possibilities of our present moment. She has produced several photo books and the zine “Reconnaissance,” now on its fifth volume, as well as a performance and a site specific photography installation.

Jess Beveridge

Jess has been a member of Farm Arts Collective since its inception. She has performed in all Dream on the Farm performances and co-created Stone Soup Cooking Class, an all-ages live cooking show. She is a “perfarmer” who also spends her days at Willow Wisp Organic Farm in the role of greenhouse manager and flower grower. She is an alumna of the Studio Program at AMDA, NY and has trained and performed with 29th Street Playwrights Collective, The Pearl Conservatory, Co-Op Theatre East, GoJo Clan Productions, Cornerstone Theatre Arts and Forestburgh Playhouse. Past credits also include Courage (Governor’s Island), People Like Us and Streets with NACL.

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