In Gaybaret, a show originally written for their wedding, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma explore how one’s life itself can become a work of art by taking the seemingly random experiences that life can present and discovering ways to weave them together into a meaningful whole. They share stories of friends and mentors, storms and gifts, and how even the hardest experiences can help us to be ready to say yes to a life-partner—gay, straight, or otherwise.
As part of the show’s public premiere, Vashon Center for the Arts, the Vashon Heritage Museum exhibit “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” and 4Culture are pleased to sponsor a special panel that sets Gaybaret’s themes of hidden shame, mentoring, and marriage in a wider set of perspectives. Panelists Jami Sieber, Latosha Correll, Leo MacLeod, Matt Baume, and Timothy White Eagle will share stories and reflections in response to the question of how we transform into our truest selves. How does art help us know ourselves more fully? How can rituals like a ceremony of marriage or theater itself offer the possibility of healing? How do we make sense of historical change as we experience it in our own lives, acknowledging both the blessings and the curses of the past?
We invite you to join our panelists in a spirited exploration of the art of being who we are.
Electric cellist, vocalist, and composer JAMI SIEBER is a celebrated pioneer of her instrument with an inspiring and fearless style of performance that has been recognized internationally. Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice, and the healing arts is at the heart of her music, reflecting a deep dedication to the arts as a medium to express the interconnectedness of all beings. Since launching her solo career in 1994, she has performed her original compositions around the world, diving into dynamic collaborations with an extraordinary spectrum of dancers, actors, poets, visual artists, improvisers, vocalists, and instrumentalists.
LATOSHA CORRELL is passionate about building community through the arts as well as creating and supporting sustainable, positive and innovative solutions to issues facing LGBTQ+ community members and their families. In 2016, she co-founded Mistresspiece Theater, an LGBTQ-centered community performing arts organization focused on supporting women and the LGBTQ community with opportunities in all theater disciplines. In April of 2017, she started volunteering with the City of Seattle’s LGBTQ Commission and was appointed to serve as a Commissioner in July 2017. She also volunteers with the Washington Technology Industry Association’s Ion Collaborator program and works with the Alphabet Alliance of Color (AAoC).
LEO MACLEOD has lived on Vashon Island all his life. He currently attends the University of Washington and is working on a dual major in Marine Biology and Oceanography. As a deeply committed student leader with a passion for social justice, activism and education are foundational aspects of his life. He was instrumental, for instance, in the ground-breaking efforts of the Queer Spectrum Alliance at Vashon High School in establishing a gender-neutral bathroom. He plans to use his experience to support queer individuals within STEM and make science more accessible for everyone.
MATT BAUME is a writer, podcaster, and video-maker whose work focuses on queer culture, geeks, and all things strange and wonderful. He’s the co-creator of the podcast & live show Queens of Adventure, featuring drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons; the LGBTQ interview show The Sewers of Paris; the YouTube pop-culture series Culture Cruise; and the LGBTQ news show Weekly Debrief. His book, Defining Marriage, chronicles the personal stories of people who fought for marriage equality over the last forty years. He lives in Seattle with his partner James, and too many plants.
TIMOTHY WHITE EAGLE dances at a unique crossroad between art and ritual. He was born in Tucson, AZ. His mother was White Mountain Apache. He was given up for adoption at birth and raised by a working class white family in Washington state. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Theater and has worked extensively in the past two and half decades exploring Native American, Pagan, and other earth-based Spiritual practices. In 1995, he began an ongoing mentor/protege relationship with Shoshone Elder Clyde Hall and has also collaborated with the photographer Adrain Chesser and the performer Taylor Mac.
Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm
Free for youth 18 and under, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults to benefit the Vashon Heritage Museum
Refreshments to follow