“Looking Back Queerly: Performing Buddies in Bad Times 40th Anniversary”
Moderator: Cameron Crookston
Roundtable “Looking Back Queerly: Performing Buddies in Bad Times 40th Anniversary”
Sponsored by York University Department of Theatre
The 2018-2019 Theatre Season marks the 40th anniversary of Buddies and Times Theatre, making it the longest-running LGBTQ+ theatre company in the world. Buddies’ Anniversary season features a mix of remounting recent production, staged readings of classics and new works that unite Buddies history with both the present and future of queer theatre. This roundtable includes scholars whose research has engaged with productions, artists or other aspects of Buddies in Bad Times, in a discussion of how this anniversary season engages theatrical history and queer historiography. In addition to reflecting on the history of Buddies itself, this roundtable examines how a season of programming takes up the task of performing a history and the degree to which a theatre company itself performs its own history on and off stage. This roundtable will contribute to scholarly conversations of theatre historiography, the performance of history and memory, and Canadian LGBTQ+ Theatre history.