Join me for this Easter-weekend celebration of all things bright, bold, and gay! A rambunctious, cheeky, and only mildly irreverent one-woman show incorporating dance, theater, story-telling, song, and many costume changes. Featuring original music by Ben Juodvalkis and lighting design by Maxx Kurzunski.
Whether it's been a couple of days or a couple of decades since you last went to church, you are welcome here.
"Inspired by my personal experience of growing up in a conservative Christian church in Tennessee, Are You There God? It’s me, Jules examines the ways that the culture I was raised in has affected my acceptance and expression of my queer and disabled identities, and is supported by a therapeutic process of meeting and greeting the many parts and personalities who live inside me and are all trying their darndest to do the right thing. This work loosely follows the structure of a typical church service and introduces many characters: the preacher, god, JC with a wrench, the church lady, the testimony giver - each a unique personification of my queerness and each striving to control the telling of their own story. As the piece progresses, they unravel in different ways, revealing the unseen aspects of their identities. The lines between the characters start to blur as they transition and morph into and out of me, Jules, who is learning once again to question, to wonder, and to allow herself to be constantly becoming."
Location: NOHSpace 2840 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (3 blocks from 16th St/Mission BART Station).
NOHSpace is located in the historic Project Artaud Complex, a fully accessible, ADA-compliant facility.) Wheelchair and companion seating can easily be made available upon request. Please use the space provided at checkout to inform us of any access needs you may have so that we can accommodate you. Thank you!
Please note: Masks MUST be worn by all audience members. Performer will not be masked. No food or drink will be sold at the event.
Tickets: Sliding Scale ($10-$50). No one turned away for lack of funds. If ticket price is prohibitive, please email [email protected].
If you have the capacity and would like to further support my work monetarily, donations are accepted via Venmo (@Julie-Crothers) and PayPal (paypal.me/JulieCrothers). If purchasing tickets, there is also an option to 'name your own price'. Your generosity is deeply appreciated in helping to cover costs of theatre rental, collaborator fees, insurance, etc.
Run time: Shows begin at 7pm and will run for approximately 1 hour.
Choreography and Performance by Julie Crothers
Julie Crothers is a white, cisgender, disabled, queer dancer, choreographer, and educator based in Berkeley. As a dancer, she has performed with AXIS Dance Company, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Tara Pilbrow Dance, Wax Poet(s), and Kickbal. Her solo choreographic work has been presented on stages throughout the Bay Area and beyond, including at CHOPSHOP Dance Festival, PUSHfest Dance Festival, and the International Women in Dance Leadership Conference. In recent years, Julie has been selected as Emerging Artist in Residence at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Summer Artist in Residence at Deborah Slater Dance Theatre's Studio 210, Feedback Artist in Joe Goode Performance Group's Feedback Program, and as a choreographer in AXIS Dance Company's Choreo-Lab for disabled choreographers. Julie studied Dance Performance and Choreography at Elon University. In 2020, Julie was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to watch".
Questions? Please email [email protected].
Artwork by Abigail Hosein