Damon Cardasis; 2017; USA 81 min.
In this Glee-ful coming-of-age musical, Ulysses (dynamic newcomer Luka Kain) struggles to come to terms with the reality of a dismal home life with his bigoted aunt Rose (Regina Taylor), brought in to supervise him and his brother while mom spends lengthy hours at work after the unexpected death of his father. The limits placed on him by a religious upbringing only serve to heighten the vibrant, joyful queerness of his internal world, glimpses of which slowly expand as Ulysses comes to know himself and reframe his relationship with his family.
Kicked out for trying on his mother’s clothes, Ulysses finds refuge in Saturday Church, a weekly community space run by a street-smart volunteer (Kate Bornstein), which provides warm meals to homeless queer youth. Newfound friends from Saturday Church and queens of the New York City piers give Ulysses a platform and a welcoming environment to try on new clothes and new identities—not to mention flirt with Raymond, a handsome and sensitive churchgoer who validates and encourages Ulysses. Voguing competitions with gender-bending outfits, bursts of rose petals, and kaleidoscopic visuals show us that the heart of the performer is what makes a powerful performance.
Ticket or pass required. 21+ only.
1518 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
GUEST IN ATTENDANCE: LISA CALLI AND LUKA KAIN
CONTENT WARNING: IMPLIED VIOLENCE
Co-presented by POCAAN.