NEPA Scene Staff

LGBT pop opera ‘Bare’ debuts in NEPA at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore June 8-10

LGBT pop opera ‘Bare’ debuts in NEPA at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore June 8-10

From a press release: Following their recent move from Taylor to a new location in Dunmore, Act Out Theatre Group will present the Northeastern Pennsylvania premiere of “Bare: A Pop Opera” on Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. The musical follows a group of Catholic boarding school students as they struggle with issues of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre stages Part 2 of ‘Angels in America’ May 4-13

Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre stages Part 2 of ‘Angels in America’ May 4-13

From a press release: After an award-winning run in 2016, the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre will mount the second installment of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play “Angels in America.” Performances begin Friday, May 4 and run through Sunday, May 13. Written by American playwright Tony Kushner and recently mounted to critical acclaim by the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Activist organizes #queerNEPA event series in Scranton for LGBT Pride Month in June

Activist organizes #queerNEPA event series in Scranton for LGBT Pride Month in June

From a press release: Tim Maloney, a 25-year-old queer Muslim activist from the Wyoming Valley, has announced “#queerNEPA,” a new event series in Scranton that celebrates LGBT Pride Month. Taking place throughout June, this series will highlight some of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer voices of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Maloney also seeks to draw […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Gaslight Theatre Company in Wilkes-Barre explores gay relationships and faith in ‘Next Fall’ May 18-27

Gaslight Theatre Company in Wilkes-Barre explores gay relationships and faith in ‘Next Fall’ May 18-27

From a press release: The Gaslight Theatre Company will close its 2016-17 season with the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated play “Next Fall” by Geoffrey Nauffts on Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m. at its theater in the East End Centre in Wilkes-Barre. This 2010 Tony-nominated play for Best Play […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre explores homosexuality in the ’80s with ‘Angels in America’ June 3-12

Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre explores homosexuality in the ’80s with ‘Angels in America’ June 3-12

From a press release: The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches” beginning Friday, June 3 and running through Sunday, June 12. Written by American playwright Tony Kushner, the three-act play contains multiple storylines and largely explores homosexuality and AIDS during the […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Parents’ acceptance of transgender daughter sets example for Pennsylvania

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Parents’ acceptance of transgender daughter sets example for Pennsylvania

Sometimes, I feel a tinge of regret that I will never be able to have my own children. I mean, it’s not impossible, but as time goes on, it becomes very improbable due to hormone therapy and any surgeries I may choose to undergo in my transition. And I’m OK with that. I can always […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Barry Humphries, a.k.a. Dame Edna, may not be relevant, but transphobic comments still have an effect

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Barry Humphries, a.k.a. Dame Edna, may not be relevant, but transphobic comments still have an effect

It seems as though, just when I feel that I’ve heard the worst thing I’ve ever heard, the door to the Dungeon of Transphobia creaks open and out comes another shadow of the past to enlighten us with its ignorance and idiocy. This time, from one Barry Humphries, a.k.a. Dame Edna. If you’ve ever wanted […]

 Joe Evans

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Danish Girl’ addresses today’s transgender issues through a true story from 1926

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Danish Girl’ addresses today’s transgender issues through a true story from 1926

Last year, the public spotlight was cast on transgender issues. For the first time, a high-profile transition had captured the general public’s attention. Caitlyn Jenner was an inspiration for many, raising questions for some and bringing out deplorable hate speech from far too many others. 2015 introduced people to a struggle that those in the […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Finding transgender acceptance in the workplace – a thank you to my former boss

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Finding transgender acceptance in the workplace – a thank you to my former boss

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things.” Most notably, the future, my employment, and opportunities to complete transition. I believe I’ve reached a turning point in my life where certain truths must be dealt with – truths about my anatomy and my appearance that have made it impossible for me […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Friendship, gratitude, suicide, and coincidental healing

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Friendship, gratitude, suicide, and coincidental healing

“Day” in Hebrew is a word that means “enough.” The suffix “-enu” means “to us.” When put together, “dayenu” is a word that means, roughly, “it would have been enough for us,” as in the song “Dayenu,” a Passover song over a thousand years old. The song is like a prayer to God in gratitude […]