The Farmers Collective and Sort of Productions will adapt ineffable, originally an alternative stage play, into a 30-minute, experimental film. Through this project, they seek to empower Black queer artists within Concordia’s Fine Arts community and beyond, and to challenge the film conventions that limit the expression of marginalized artists.
ineffable is a play telling a Black, queer falling-in-and-out-of-love story to be presented at Revolution They Wrote Festival (RTW) and at Concordia’s Fine Arts Reading Room (FARR). They approach this work as both a creative process and an opportunity for social organization. The project seeks to create new forms of theatre while exploring marginalized stories as to better foster discussion and community. Through the free public reading and four public performances, ineffable will allow students who are not usually immersed in Black queer spaces to broaden their understandings, making them more receptive and able to engage with the work of their BIPOC classmates. By increasing the number of opportunities for all students to encounter work like this, BIPOC students will have to do less explaining/justifying of their experiences, as is often asked in predominantly white classrooms. It will also provide Black queer students with representation, an opportunity for further conversation and a space to connect with one another.
In addition, a final bound script along with a text on the process will be permanently left at the FARR. This will be beneficial to Fine Arts students much after our final presentation as information on the complex creation of theatre is not already found in the FARR library. As this project focuses more on social sustainability, its main purpose it brings together marginalized communities, especially those living at the intersections of Blackness and Queerness. As a result, we hope this helps foster new, healthy conversations and dynamics within Fine Arts at Concordia.