“Authoring Their Own Narratives” – Ten Years of Spoken Word

QueerWise Visits Pasadena’s Lineage Performing Arts Center With "Authoring Their Own Narratives" - Ten Years of Spoken Word. On World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, 2022

PHOTO: courtesy of Lineage PAC | Queers Across Years performing at Lineage Performing Arts Center
On World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, QueerWise will present
AUTHORING OF THEIR OWN NARRATIVES, at the Lineage Performing Arts Center in

A Los Angeles-based group of writer-performers, QueerWise combines history, humor, and
candor to explore the shifting cultural realities of being queer in Twenty-First Century America.

One of QueerWise’s signature pieces, a spoken word performance piece honoring World AIDS Day, celebrates its ten-year anniversary in 2022. This year’s performance, AUTHORING THEIR OWN NARRATIVES, is a compilation of select writings from the collective’s ten-year arsenal of work illuminating HIV/AIDS. The collective has performed more than thirty theatrical pieces in a variety of venues, including Beyond Baroque, Skylight Theatre, and Highways Performance Space. This event marks QueerWise’s first teaming with Lineage Performing Arts Center.
Artist-activist Michael Kearns is the producer and director of AUTHORING THEIR OWN
NARRATIVES. From his internationally acclaimed solo work to his local activist involvement,
Kearns’ voice — as a director, writer, producer, and actor — has never abated for nearly five
In October, Kearns was in Lineage’s production of A NEW DAY, A Love Letter To Those We Lost, directed by Artistic Director Hilary Thomas. “Michael is one of my new favorite humans,” Thomas says, “He enthusiastically jumped on board with A New Day, and together we gathered a number of voices to share their stories”. Executive Director Brian Elerding says, “These reminders that AIDS is not over are urgent, and the arts have always led the charge. We are elated to welcome QueerWise to Lineage.”
AUTHORING THEIR OWN NARRATIVES is produced, in part, from a grant from Broadway
Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Lucia Chappelle, Jim Pentecost and Corey Roskin are Associate
Producers while Robin Podolsky is Head Writer.
The Lineage Performing Arts Center is located at 920 E Mountain Street in Pasadena. Admission is a Suggested $15 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Curtain is at 7:00 PM. Show runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Reservations are encouraged: https://www.lineagepac.org/