Carl Jung, Joan of Arc, and the Holy Trinity gather round a vanity table to discuss religion, sexuality, and gender identity while putting on a whole lot of makeup.
Ryan Conarro's SAINTS OF FAILURE explores the collision of queer and Christian identities in America, through storytelling, original organ music, and live makeup transformations. Ryan's stories weave with Risha Rox’s makeup design and Andrew Drannon's organ accompaniment to invite audiences into memories of loss, mystery, discovery, and liberation.
SAINTS premieres Oct 24-Nov 9, 2019 in a site-specific production in the historic sanctuary of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, presented by Generator Theater Company with support from Brooklyn Arts Council.
We're cultivating partnerships with Brooklyn Community Pride Center, The Door, and the Brooklyn Intergenerational Community Arts Council. We'll offer special workshops and facilitated dialogues to each of these organizations, as well as to members of our host venue, LAPC. We're also committed to offering regular post-performance discussions with all audiences. If you’re interested in contributing to our community engagement initiatives, please consider contributing to our crowdfunding campaign here.
Please note that this production is rated PG-13. If you’d like to bring younger children to the show, please do, and be prepared to engage them in conversation about its themes afterwards. Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions.
Created & performed by Ryan Conarro
Director: Ellie Heyman
Associate director: Ashlin Hatch
Makeup designer and coach: Risha Rox
Lighting design: Mary Ellen Stebbins
Costumes & scenic design: Haydee Antunaño
Sound design: Eric Sluyter
Original music and live accompaniment: Andrew Drannon
Construction: Justin Perkins
Technical direction: Dylan Friedman
Production stage manager: Chiara Johnson
Associate producer: Ayana Parker Morrison
First created in residency at Goddard College Interdisciplinary Arts Program, and presented at Fort Worden State Park Pitkin Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington. 2015.
Development residency at Gainesville Theatre Alliance Guest Artist Program, Gainesville, GA: Fall 2016.
Presentation and Artist Talk at Claflin University’s Arts & Letters Annual Bash, Orangeburg, SC: April 2017.
Dixon Place HOT! Festival of Queer Culture: July 2017.