Livestream: Q-STAGE: New Works Series

This opportunity is recommended for high school students.

Special note: You will receive additional information about your unique access to this event soon. Please note that the Vimeo links will not work with a MPS District chromebook or iPad. Please plan to use another device for streaming this performance. If you have any questions or do not have access to another device, please contact us at or (612) 874-7710.


These performances are one-time-only livestreams. The entire series runs Thursday, March 4 – Sunday, March 21, 2021. However each show’s specific dates and times are noted beneath their descriptions, seen below. 

About the Show

Curated for the first time by Artistic Director Marcela Michelle, the Q-STAGE: New Works Series is an annual experimental incubator program dedicated to providing a stage and resources for local queer & transgender artists to create, develop, and premiere new work. Q-STAGE seeks to shift consciousness of and about queer identity through new performance work, facilitate conversation surrounding queer identities and queer art, and contribute to the growth of local, emerging queer artists.

20% Theatre Company’s 7th annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series will feature original works by Nakita Kircher, Kat Purcell, Commarrah Bashar, and Yoni Tamang.

Each individual show is described below:

Perspectives on Intimacy

Choreographed by Nakita Kirchner

Performed by Fei Bi Chan, Sophia Meza, and Nakita Kirchner

Perspectives on Intimacy is both meditation on and a vigorous celebration of coexisting intersections of identities. This piece is structured as a pre-recorded online meeting, which fractures the intimacy of a live performance. In this time of reimagining closeness, Perspectives on Intimacy aims to be a grounding practice on the relevance of “vigorous celebration”. Perspectives on Intimacy is an offering of, in sum, a meditative celebration on coexisting identities and shifting ideas of intimacy.

Available Thursday, March 4 at 7:00pm – Sunday, March 7, 2021 until 11:00pm


Written and Directed by Kat Purcell

Performed by Chava Kokhleffel, Lu Chen, Ondine the Siren Queen, and Kat Purcell

CASTLES II is an ambitious, experimental performance mixing live and pre-recorded vignettes which will be performed in a random order using chance operations. Picking up where “CASTLES” (2019, Pangea World Theater) left off, this is a new work exploring themes of barricades, escape, labor, fortresses, bodies, abolition, and nature versus the state (in this case, the so-called “United States of America”). The ensemble places themselves in a challenge, a decision dilemma: do we make the Castle our own, or do we scramble to find the exits?

Thursday, March 11 – Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:00pm. And Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00pm.

Excerpts from The Fawn

Written and Directed by Yoni Tamang

Performed by Mark McGraw and Robyn Char

When two telepathic alien wage-laborers concoct a plan to strike at their oppressors, it goes awry, jettisoning their spacecraft into the deep reaches of their solar system. While one wants to return to their post to carry out their devious plot, the other yearns for a place to call home. Excerpts from The Fawn is a collection of images, scenes, and monologues archived while workshopping this full length drama. The Fawn explores popular tropes in science fiction, the revolutionary impulse, and the intimacy of unlikely partners.

Available Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm – Sunday, March 21, 2021 until 11:00pm

Mx 4 Minneapolis

Created & Performed by Commarrah Bashar

Directed by Marcela Michelle

We are the ancestors. In a future beyond abolition and the land taking us back, Mx our Black trans non-binary descendent would like to petition our help to become Mayor of Minneapolis. Mayor is a Spirit to be summoned through community. They are the leader who will preside over regenerating a totally organic city, year after year, for four years. This, however, year is different. The light generating mycelium Marshaphase, developed for a special purpose, has almost run out of its food—MPD uniforms. Mx wants to guide their people through the oncoming darkness. Their opponent wishes to revive a small police force in order to maintain the light. Will our collective ancestral strength be enough for them to win? Or will fear of the unknown and fear of self prevent Mx from winning election?

Available Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm – Sunday, March 21, 2021 until 11:00pm

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  • These shows, in their own ways, explore tension between one’s own identity and the realities of the outside world. In what ways might your identity interact with the world, either positively or negatively?

Contains mature themes. Children should be 14 years of age or older to attend this performance. 

This opportunity is offered courtesy of our Project Success theater partner, 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities.