POLY QUEER LOVE BALLAD
by Anais West & Sara Vickruck
Winner of the PTC Fringe New Play Prize, the Fringe Critics Choice Award and Pick of the Fringe
Nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Production of a Musical
Poly Queer Love Ballad is a bold, intimate new musical, merging slam poetry with catchy pop-folk tunes. Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, meets Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter, at a Cafe Deux Soleils. With two microphones, a loop pedal, and array of instruments, they struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love. The show explores polyamory and queerness, while aiming to create a new representation of intimacy that isn’t confined by genre, medium or societal obligations.
First performed at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival, Poly Queer Love Ballad went on to be presented by the Queer Arts Festival, the frank theatre and Zee Zee Theatre in Vancouver, SkirtsAfire Festival in Edmonton and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.
Created and Performed by Anais West and Sara Vickruck
Directed by Julie McIsaac
Dramaturgy by Joanna Garfinkel
Original Production Design by Jessica Han
Costume and Set Design by Alaia Hamer
Lighting Design by Harika Xu
Stage Management by Sammie Hatch