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Ms. Blakk for President Poster

Ms. Blakk for President

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Until July 14, 2019

Inspired by the true story of America's first black drag queen presidential candidate

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starring tarell alvin mccraney

Co-written (and starring) by Tarell McCraney (Moonlight) and Tina Landau (SpongeBob), Ms. Blakk for President begins in 1992 in Chicago when the AIDS epidemic is at its peak and Joan Blakk, together with the newly created LGBT direct-action group, Queer Nation Chicago, have set their sights on an ambitious goal. They want to achieve equality and freedom for queers and aim to tackle racism, sexism, inclusion, choice and homophobic discrimination via the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. It's a hard and often dangerous journey, but the goal is real and is brilliantly translated onto stage in a production that's been billed as part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and all party.

Joan successfully won a number of discriminatory cases and this play highlights her courage and conviction. She became one of Chicago's most influential people, helping the LGBT community show society that they wouldn't and won't be discriminated against.

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Opening night: 23 May 2019

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Tarell Alvin McCraney as Joan Blakk
Patrick Andrews
Molly Brennan
Daniel Kyri
Jon Hudson Odom
Sawyer Smith


Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and Tina Landau
Directed by Tina Landau
Design by David Zinn
Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James
Lighting Design by Heather Gilbert
Sound Design by Lindsey Jones
Projection design by Rasean Davonte Johnson.

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