Queer & Now: Sync or Swim

dramaturg (former stage manager)

  Queer & Now is a feminist, trans-inclusive, futuristic physical theater company based in Amherst, MA, co-founded by Garrett Sager and our creative family in 2017 at UMass Amherst. 


          "Our borders are shifting.

          Our bodies are transforming."

 Set in a world where water is rapidly rising and borders are massively disintegrating, Queer & Now: Sync or Swim follows seven mythical deities overcoming struggles rooted in rampant sexism, corporate greed, and climate change. 


 Told through a series of vignettes with drag, lip syncing, and dance, Queer & Now: Sync or Swim takes ancient world mythology and fuses it with contemporary pop music to embrace our impending future.


Director & Producer Garrett Sager

Dramaturgy Finn Lefevre , Afrikah Smith

Costume Design Christina Beam

Assist. Costume Designer & Props Designer Sami Brzozowski

Makeup & Hair Design Sarah Talaid

Ensemble: Garrett Sager, Akira Rose, Fay Bobersky, Elizabeth Gonçalves, Emma Hollows Sebastian Salloum, Bry Belling

Production History

  • UMass Fine Arts Center • Amherst, MA • December 2018 (premiere)

  • NYPOP/West Chelsea Arts • New York, NY • April 2019

  • Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center • Greenfield, MA • January 2020


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Photography by Sandra Seoane-Seri 

© 2023 by Afrikah Smith