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Que Será Será: A Queer One-Person Show Written & Performed by Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller)
May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
One event on May 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
A ruthlessly honest, powerful and uplifting multi-media one-person show that chronicles the joys and challenges of navigating non-binary Queerness from childhood in the 1950s to adulthood. Developed under an Arts Mid-Hudson Individual Artist Commission. Written and Performed by Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller)
“Engaging, powerful, impressed by your stage presence! I had a really lovely time. I felt like it was an intimate visiting into somebody’s life. It is wonderful to have Zelda here so that we can see and hear the story in the artists’ own words. Thank you for sharing your experience with such bravery and honesty.”
~ Adrielle Farr
Director of Art & Cultural Affairs
City of Kingston NY
“I just saw Judith’s powerful autobiographical performance. It was so well done, tightly written, and so well presented. It’s just over an hour, go check it out! Well worthwhile … I was so impressed … immediately I knew that it was going to be really good, really powerful … you owned this material so well. And then as you went deeper and deeper and so open to allowing us to experience your life so intimately, just felt like a gift to us. I’ve never heard a work like this done that really touches on the past and brings it to a contemporary sense of all the things that are going on. This (work has) an amazing contemporary felling … The delivery was incredible and it was so powerful, all of us were engaged. You could feel it. You did a wonderful just flowing back and forth … you had us by surprise so many times … it’s really going well and oh, and then you take us out … and it’s up again …. just through the waves. Just top-notch. Congratulations!”
~ Stephen Blauweiss, Filmmaker/Historian, Blauweiss Media (excerpted from post-show video interview)
“ … Essential life experience … An incredible show. Totally real. When you see somebody sharing their truth it helps people to know that they can too. It’s vulnerability like this that will change our world for the better.”
~ Kale Kaposhilin, Technical Director, Radio Kingston
“In Zelda’s satirical sketch of becoming a Lesbian, she travels from hilarious childhood experience to adventures at an orthodox Jewish woman’s dance event. She will have you in stitches and bring a blush to your face. Her timing is impeccable in this one-woman show with projected images. I am awed by Zelda’s acting ability and stage presence. Her story resonates long after.”
~Patt Blue, Photographer
“Shout out to Ulster County Women’s Network member Judith Z. Miller on an engaging and uplifting one-person show. Don’t miss her performance next time. So courageous! Que Será Será tells one brave person’s story of what everyone must face in life: accepting oneself, telling others, and facing their acceptance or non-acceptance. The more unique one is, the more difficult it is. This show resonates with everyone.”
~ Leslie Snow, yogi, President, Advisory Board UCWN
“Zelda’s one woman show, “Que Sera, Sera,” will have you enthralled as she takes you on a journey about gender, identity and life. A deeply satisfying performance, Zelda opens her heart and explores her sexuality and what it means to be lesbian. Traveling from childhood to being an adult, she mixes a good dose of humor with gut-wrenching drama – and everything in between. Experience this wonderful autobiographical performance with an artist that tells it like it is!”
~ John Verner, Photographer
“I was completely moved by Zelda’s experiences as a person growing up in a homophobic world. I related to her feelings of aloneness and shame, and also to her healing and celebration of all that she is. Zelda’s story is a personal one, but the personal is most definitely political. I believe anyone could relate to some aspect of Zelda’s story as she reveals facets of herself and her life that reach the LGBTQ community and beyond, showing us we all have some things in common. I was particularly moved by a question this presentation forced me to ask myself: what if I were to have a transgender or gender fluid child? As accepting as I am of other people, could I be just as accepting of a little person who I brought into this world and care so much about their safety? This presentation broke down barriers within myself and made me rethink what it means to be accepting.”
~Angela Mastandrea, Dance Fitness Instructor
“Que Será Será is honest, raw, brave, real and funny. I especially loved all the old photos and the story moved well and held my attention. The show helped me to get a more intimate look at what it means to grow up gay and genderqueer. I never really understood how painful and alienating that could be, but watching Zelda’s performance gave me more empathy for folks muddling through that. It is uplifting to see someone who through it all has found a way to love themselves, to own who they are and to use the alchemy of art and story telling to transform difficult life experiences into such a rich offering for others. The show is both entertaining and educational and it is an important public service for Zelda to go out and share her deepest truths with the public. Que Será Será can really make a difference in someone’s life!”
~ Kate Skwire, singer
“Zelda‘s performance highlighted the extreme challenges we all carry around unbeknownst to others -the feeling of being misunderstood and marginalized by our queerness; the private longing for divine connection via a cry of both joy and frustration amidst this journey of life- and she rendered it in her own unique unapologetic and female focused perspective -it was revelatory.”
~ Charles Steele, Artist
“Very powerful! Her performance is inspirational to all, not just for the LBGTQ community. I believe this could be a wonderful tool to help anyone feel that they are not alone, whatever life struggles they may have been throughout their lives.”
~ Lee Courtney, Photographer
Photo by James Orr Photography