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Queer themes abound in local theater, but they often come from the perspectives of gay white men. That’s why three theatrical friends who met at Catholic University started the D.C. Queer Theatre Festival, now in its second year. “A lot of LGBTQ arts that you see in Washington focus on the ‘G’ and not so much on the ‘Q,’” says co-producer Matthew Ripa. “We want to represent the whole community and give voice to stories that haven’t been told.” This festival is a lot smaller than other festivals around town; it’s a series of six 10-minute plays that runs for three nights. The pieces explore themes like intersexuality and the role of race in marriage equality. Like last year, the festival is a local endeavor, with two of its playwrights and all the directors, producers, and actors based in the D.C. region. But the event is growing, too: This year’s edition takes place at Flashpoint’s black box theater, a major upgrade from the office space where performances were held last year.
The festival takes place May 30 to June 1 at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. $16. (202) 682-2245. dcqueertheatrefest.org.