OUTLOOK THEATER PROJECT presents...
a series of queer interactive performances at the intersection of spirituality, sexuality and gender.
With performances by Star Amerasu, Derik Cowan, Hayden Reynolds, Anthony Julius Williams, and Jason Wyman
FOURTH SUNDAYS, 6PM to 8PM
PROGRESSIVE GROUNDS MISSION DISTRICT
2301 Bryant Street, SF
THE CRY (POSTPONED)
SUNDAY, March 24 | 6PM to 8PM
Hosted by Hayden Reynolds
With performances by Star Amerasu and others
SUNDAY, April 28 | 6PM to 8PM
Hosted by Star Amerasu
With performances by: Hayden Reynolds and others
SUNDAY, May 26 | 6PM to 8PM
Hosted and with performances by: Derik Cowan, Anthony Julius Williams, and Jason Wyman
This season is presented in collaboration with 14 Black Poppies.
About the Performers
OUTLOOK THEATER PROJECT was founded in 2007 by Rebecca Schultz and Lynn Johnson, queer theater artists and educators committed to using theater as a tool in community dialogue and development. In their decades of work in community-based theater, educational and youth theater and non-profit management, Lynn and Rebecca noticed that although the Bay Area has a thriving and diverse queer theater scene and a scattering of community-based projects, no company existed that focused solely on community-based processes highlighting the experiences of the LGBT community. In founding the company, they drew upon the practices and philosophies of artists and companies such as Cornerstone Theater, Sojourn Theatre, Augusto Boal, and many others.
STAR AMERASU has been a performer from the womb. This young, intelligent woman, started out telling stories.
Learning to read and write at just two years old. This child began her performing life, reading books aloud. Taking this intelligence she was able to skip some grades and Graduate at seventeen. Star began singing as a child, in primary school choir. She went to a Fine Arts Academy for her high school days. After graduating, she attended Cornish College of the Arts on a Scholarship. She then left the school and landed herself here in San Francisco. She has performed many different roles, crossing gender boundaries.
DERIK K COWAN is a multimedia performance artist with more than thirty performance and directing credits in the Bay Area ritual theater scene including ten productions of Oracles from the Living Tarot (five of which he directed) and six productions of Yes They Are! Meeting and Greeting the Queerest of the Gods (four of which he directed). He is a former company member of the Magical Acts Ritual Theater Company and is currently serving as co-founder and Creative Director for the Circle of Dionysos, a ritual and theater group dedicated to exploring the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and gender. While most of his focus has been on self/ensemble created original works, he has also appeared in productions of Euripides’ The Bacchae (Dionysus), Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi (James), Peter Schafer’s Equus (Horse, understudy to Alan), and Jean Genet’s The Balcony (Chantal). He has a BA in theater and dance from Amherst College and can also be found performing on the San Francisco drag scene as Diana Sauce.
ANTHONY JULIUS WILLIAMS is an artist and social entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He has performed in more than forty productions, including roles with the Bay Area's Asian American Theater Company, Traveling Jewish Theater and Erica Shuch Performance Project. He played the role of Edwin/a for the workshop production of OutLook Theater's "This Many People" at The Garage and was one of the chorus members for Kevin Rolston's "Crystal Christian" at The Magic Theater. He was most recently seen on stage in "Blood Is Mere Decoration: A Ritual For Liberation," a multimedia performance about the mass incarceration crisis that he wrote, performed, filmed and produced under the direction of Rebecca Schultz at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. A lifelong LGBT community activist, he was Volunteer Director for the City University of New York's groundbreaking Black Nations/Queer Nations Conference, served for three years as a Board Member for the MIX NYC Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film and Video Festival, and was Co-Founder and Director for five years of GuyWriters, the Bay Area's largest community network for gay male writers. He recently graduated with an M.F.A in Performance Arts from the Arts & Consciousness Program of John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA.
JASON WYMAN is many things. He is an experimental writer performing critiques of permanence, acceptance, death, and transcendence. He also facilitates arts and wellness workshops and experiences through 14 Black Poppies, revives the collective spirits of the LGBTQIA communities through OutLook Theater Project, manages cultural programs and slings coffee at Progressive Grounds, and transforms his body into the Illustrated Man 2.0 where each tattoo tells a fable.
Jason has performed at The News, Poetry Mission: The New Shit Show, the Ocean Avenue Art Walk, Try SOME THING, and other community events. His writing appears at In Our Words, A Salon for Queers and Company. Jason was also the featured chef at Feast of Word's Feast with Ben making a delectable roasted tomato bread pudding.
Regardless of who he is at any given moment, Jason is also (and always) a husband to his greatest love, John. And he is always and forever family to those on the margins. He has called San Francisco home for over 14 years.