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The Queer Witch Conspiracy, a mystical crime drama about how unidentified remains sparked a revolution regarding race, gender, and spirituality.
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THE SEEING PLACE THEATER
Proudly Presents the World Premiere
Inspired by Real Events

THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY
We're not who you think we are...

Written by BRANDON WALKER

Directed by ERIN CRONICAN

TWO LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCES ONLY
JUNE 23 & 24 AT 8 P.M.
ON DEMAND THROUGH JUNE 27

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THESEEINGPLACE.COM

THE SEEING PLACE THEATER is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Brandon Walker's THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY, directed by Erin Cronican. THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY will play a two performances only on zoom, June 23 & 24 at 8 p.m. and continue on demand through June 27, 2021. Tickets are $10-$50 and are now available online at www.TheSeeingPlace.com.

A new play by Brandon Walker inspired by real events. A safe online space for LGBTQIA+ witches is desecrated by a controversy over cultural appropriation and burial rites, which came to be known as "Boneghazi". THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY is a mystical crime drama about how unidentified remains sparked a revolution regarding race, gender, and spirituality.

The play is inspired by real events, when in 2015/16 the online group "The Queer Witch Collective" became the subject of controversy when one of its members offered human bones for sale that had been illegally collected. The group was disbanded after the story received international attention, with its members forming other groups after the dust settled.

The online production will include the concept of video journaling to get into the minds of the main characters.

The Seeing Place is presenting this play as a celebration of Pride Month. Proceeds from this benefit production will be donated to a LGTBQIA+ social justice organization to be announced shortly. "This play explores the concept of safe spaces for marginalized communities - especially those that intersect by race, gender, sexuality, and culture," says director Erin Cronican, who is also The Seeing Place's Executive Artistic Director. "Through the lens of true crime, we get to see how far people will go to hold onto their identities when pushed to the limit."

The production stars Laura Clare Browne (Animal Farm) as Mabel, Erin Cronican (Off Broadway's This One's For The Girls and Sistas, Animal Farm, and the NYIT nominated The Maids) as Elsa, William Ketter (Animal Farm, Measure for Measure) as Asriel, Juanes Montoya (Sweat) as Nas, Jon L Peacock (Julius Caesar with the Public Theater) as Pala, Brandon Walker (Animal Farm and the NYIT nominated Danny and the Deep Blue Sea) as Jadis, and Weronika Helena Wozniak (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Willow.

The production features scenic and costume design by Erin Cronican. Brandon Walker is the sound designer, and the stage manager will be announced shortly. Publicity by Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR.

THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY plays the following schedule:

LIVE Zoom Performances:
June 23 & 24 at 8 p.m.
Streaming via YouTube on demand through June 27, 2021.

Tickets are $10-$50 and are now available online at www.TheSeeingPlace.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.

Length: 90 minutes no intermission

Website: www.seeingplacetheater.com

Social Media: @TheSeeingPlace

The Seeing Play Theater is a proud member of ART-NY, NYIT Award Nominee, AEA Showcase Code/Theater Authority

Media Kit with Photos

This performance is a part of The Seeing Place's RIPPLE FOR CHANGE Series, a program that celebrates non-profit organizations who are making immense contributions to their communities in the area of social justice. This month's LGTBQIA+ social justice organization is to be determined.

Next from The Seeing Place:

WIT: Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about an English professor's literal and existential fight with stage IV ovarian cancer. (Live on our mainstage December 31-January 16, 2021)

BOY: Inspired by a true story, in Anna Ziegler's play a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. (Live on our mainstage in early 2022)


BIOGRAPHIES
ERIN CRONICAN (Director) is an award-winning producer and director and has directed and co-directed 21 plays for The Seeing Place, including its critically acclaimed world premiere of Animal Farm by Brandon Walker and the 3-time NYIT nominated The Maids by Jean Genet. She has been the Executive Artistic Director of The Seeing Place for the last ten years. Directing outside of TSP includes Judd Lear Silverman's two character play, Correct Address (Actors Alliance Festival - Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Acting awards for both actors), and Edward Musto's Shutterbug (Midtown International Theater Festival.) She spent a year as the Associate Artistic Director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, based in San Diego, and also was the Creative Producer for the dual productions of Perfect Teeth/DickPix at TheaterLab.

BRANDON WALKER (Playwright) is a mixed-race and gender-fluid Actor, Director, Playwright, Teacher, and has been the Producing Artistic Director of The Seeing Place Theater for the last eleven years. Plays written include: Animal Farm, The Hysteria of Dr. Faustus, The People vs Antigone, Scotch Kiss, and When We Have Gone Astray. Previous directing credits for The Seeing Place include: Animal Farm, Cloud 9, The Laramie Project, Othello, Rhinoceros, Boy Gets Girl, and Waiting for Lefty. Acting credits with The Seeing Place include: I Am My Own Wife, Hamlet, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Off-B'way, NYIT Nominated).


THE SEEING PLACE THEATER is an ensemble company built by actors and managed by actors to be a base for actors who want to hone their craft in a creative and supportive artistic home, resulting in unparalleled dedication and excellence. Our work is artistically ambitious and deeply compelling.

The national organization, The Network of Ensemble Theatres defines an ensemble as "a group of individuals dedicated to collaborative creation, committed to working together consistently over years to develop a distinctive body of work and practices."

A multi-award nominated ensemble, we are forcefully committed to five key elements of theatre-making:

Mentoring and developing the next generation of independent, socially-conscious theater-makers;
Honoring the acting craft as central to the theater-making process, using the rehearsal practices of the Group Theatre to bring vivid, raw, "fully lived" storytelling to our community;
Creating edgy and compelling reinterpretations of works by master playwrights that reflect the struggles and triumphs of our current society;
Making theater accessible for low-income New Yorkers by subsidizing 50% of our tickets;
Inspiring our audience to "social justice action" by using the themes of our plays to educate and incite change, particularly for women, LGTBQIA+, BIPOC, immigrants and the disabled.

We've been nominated for 4 NYIT awards, including Best Revival of a Play for our 2019 production of THE MAIDS by Jean Genet. We have been profiled by The NY Times and many other press outlets. A 501c3 charitable organization. www.seeingplacetheater.com

Listings Information:
Who: The Seeing Place Theater
What: THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY
Where: www.seeingplacetheater.com
When: June 23 & 24 at 8 p.m. on demand through June 27, 2021.
How: $10-$50 and are now available online at www.TheSeeingPlace.com

THE QUEER WITCH CONSPIRACY is a mystical crime drama about how unidentified remains sparked a revolution regarding race, gender, and spirituality.
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