DC Queer Theatre Festival

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DC Queer Theatre Festival

Founded in 2012, the DC Queer Theatre Festival is dedicated to unleashing and celebrating the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and area.By featuring new plays with themes relevant to the DC area and local artists with roots in the community, the DC Queer Theatre Festival combines quality theatre with activism and charity. The 2012 and 2013 DC Queer Theatre Festivals partnered with The DC Center for the LGBT Community, raising money for and awareness of the essential services The DC Center provides to the LGBTQ communities in Washington, DC.  

Our mission is to unleash and celebrate the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and community.

DCQTF is back with 2 Nights of Extraordinary Performances from

6 Amazing and Diverse Playwrights


Friday October 13th and Saturday October 14 at 7pm

at the Anacostia Arts Center

General admission: $20.00

General Admission Two Nighter: $35.00

VIP Ticket: $35.00

VIP Two Nighter: $50.00

VIP includes Opening night reception, VIP Seating and 2 complimentary cocktails

Check out our Featured Playwrights

and click here for tickets

Elizabeth McCain “A Lesbian Belle Tells…”

Elizabeth McCain hails from a long line of Southern Gothic storytellers, “Bless their hearts!” She premiered her one-woman play, “A Lesbian Belle Tells…” in the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, where it won best solo show. Elizabeth is a storyteller, solo performer, story coach, spiritual counselor, Interfaith Shamanic minister, and energy therapist in Takoma Park, Md, with over 20 years of professional counseling experience. She has received training in storytelling and solo performance from Story District, theatre training at The Theatre Lab in DC, and has worked with various theatre directors and story coaches. Whether performing, counseling, coaching, or ministering, Elizabeth believes that sharing stories heals hearts and changes the world. Her mission is to support and inspire the LGBTQ community in sharing and reframing their stories of loss for healing, personal transformation, and community building.

Elizabeth has performed with Story District (in monthly shows and in the Outspoken Pride shows in DC, Va, and Birmingham, Al), Baltimore’s Stoop Storytelling Series, Risk Storytelling Podcast, and at The Improv, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Lincoln Theatre,
HRC, The Mautner Project for LBTQ women, The Altamont Theatre in Asheville, NC,
government agencies, retreats, and house concerts. www.elizabethmccain.com

Christopher Prince “War Torn”

“War Torn” – “War Torn” is a non-linear performance piece that consists of poetry, music and character driven narratives. It explores, from a Black Gay perspective, the conflicts between self-value, culture, race, and politics. Using a warrior metaphor it relays the struggle between those external and internal contradictions.

“People are often generalized and reduced to a stereotype, political faction or demographic formula. I struggle against the commodified persona we are presented.”
A native Washingtonian, Christopher Prince is a multitalented writer, singer, actor and activist. His poetry has been published several literary publications, including Callalou-A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, Black Bear Review, Haki Madhubuti’s Black Books Bulletin, and the Baltimore Sun newspaper.
Through humor, social commentary, and narratives he explores the misconceptions that attempt to leave us vulnerable to manipulation. Chris has performed his poetry at Artomatic and the DC Fringe Festival. His performances are a non-linear mixture of music, poetry, and character driven monologues that address self-actualization and identity.

DeLesslin George-Warren “Histories”


Histories and it is an interwoven recounting of Catawba history, colonial history, and personal family history.

DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren is a queer artist, researcher, and activist from Catawba Indian Nation. He has given lectures and performances throughout the east coast including College of Charleston, Vanderbilt University, Ithaca College, and more. His recent projects include indigenous tours of the Smithsonian’s Presidential Portrait Gallery which recount how US Presidents promoted colonization and genocide of indigenous peoples (indigenousdiscovery.com) community to revitalize the Catawba Language (facebook.com/catawbalanguage) as part of the 2017 Dreamstarter Grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Prior to relocating back to Catawba lands, DeLesslin lived and worked in the District of Columbia as a performer and sound designer for productions including Tyger (Meade Theater Lab 2015), One Word More (Meade Theater Lab 2016), and Crossroads (Source Festival’s 2016 Artistic Blind Date Program). In his spare time, Roo loves gardening and taking long walks down to the Catawba River while pondering the impending climate catastrophe.

Xemiyulu Manibusan “SIWAYUL”

A one persxn play about reclaiming Two-Spirit identity through Indigenous Salvadoran culture and diaspora; and empowering the Ancestral Goddess within. A Native American Trans Womxn seeks her place in the world. Guided by the Ancestors, she finds herself within her heart of a Womxn- Siwayul.

XEMIYULU MANIBUSAN is a Salvadoran Nawat Two-Spirit Non-Binary Transgender Womxn. She is a poet, playwright, director, actor, educator, and the Artistic Director of Teatro de la Septima/Seventh Generation Theatre. Xemi has presented with GALA Hispanic Theatre, New Native Theatre, The Puppet Company, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, Faction of Fools, Adventure Theatre MTC, Forum Theatre’s ReActs, NextStop Theatre Company’s DarkNights, and Kennedy Center’s PAGE TO STAGE Festival. Xemi writes social commentary on DC Theatre, Instead of Redface, Latinx Theatre, and other issues affecting Indigenous Transgender and Two-Spirit artists. Her first poetry chapbook, METZALI, will be released soon.

J. Scales “mostly the VOICE…” version 2.0/#queerBLUESexperiment”

Funky, fun and sometimes “effed-up” look into the creative life of a young black lesbian poet/songwriter… struggling to find her voice, heal herself and create community.

j. scales is an artist whose creative and performance
skills span a broad range of styles and media.
j.scales is a self-proclaimed and self-ordained “healerartist” who works to empower marginalized communities. As a musician and vocalist, she has performed at the Kennedy Center, Nuyorican Cafe, House of Blues (New Orleans), and Serafemme Festival (West Hollywood).
Her poetry has been published in two anthologies: Growing Up Girl and Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta (both from GirlChild Press), and also online, in the Beltway Poetry Quarterly.
As a workshop facilitator, she has helped LGBTQ youth and adults recognize and use their inherent creative writing skills to affirm core values such as self-love, holistic healing, and community activism.

Regie Cabico “FAITH, HOPE & REGIE”

written and performed by Regie Cabico


How does a queer boy in Southern, Maryland navigate his dream of becoming Coco from the movie Fame? With sharp dialogue and hilarious consequences, nationally acclaimed poet and theater artist, Regie Cabico reprises his autobiographical story of growing up the child of Catholic immigrants. These monologues have been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgement and won Top Shelf Prizes at DC’s Story District.

Regie Cabico is a pioneer of the spoken word and the first openly queer and Asian Slam Poet to take top prizes in the 1993, 1994 and 1997 National Poetry Slams. He is a former Nuyorican Poets Grand Slam Champion. He co-edited Flicker & Spark: A Contemporary Anthology of Queer Poetry and Spoken Word which was nominated for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Television appearances include HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. He received a 2006 New York Innovative Theater Award as part of the New York Neo-Futurist’s Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. His latest solo play, Godiva Dates and One Night Stands, received critical acclaim at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. He performs his unique blend of poetry, stand up comedy and theater throughout North America and the United Kingdom.