"RAID" is the cornerstone of StageQ's 2018-2019 season which is themed around the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the spirit
of rebellion that surrounded it. The riots--which lasted several days in June 1969 and centered around the mob-owned, queer speakeasy
known as the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village--are widely considered to be the catalyst that launched what became known
as the Gay Liberation Movement and transformed into the modern-day queer rights movement. Given this event has such an important role
in queer history, StageQ approached Madison-based playwright Malissa Petterson to bring the famous, yet generally misunderstood, events
to life for modern theater audiences.
"RAID" also marks the first time StageQ has had a play commissioned in its 18 year history. Designed as an immersive experience, audiences
will be placed inside the ill-fated bar to meet the owners, patrons, and employees as they begin what was supposed to be a regular night
of drinking, dancing, and escape from an outside world that often rejected queer people. Audiences will then be placed in the middle of a
police raid and experience the panic, chaos, and-ultimately-defiance as the Stonewall inhabitants take their lives into their own hands.
The piece is intense, powerful, moving, and more relevant than ever as we find ourselves in a world that is increasingly hostile to queer
people including transgender students in schools and the military, as well as gay and bi men and women still fighting for employment and
Tickets are $20 (general admission); $15 (seniors/students) and $15 (Groups 10+)
Tickets may purchased online at www.stageq.org or www.bartelltheatre.org, in person at the Bartell Theatre or by calling the
Bartell Box Office at 608-661-9696.