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Company Q Presents: Ripples

By Theodore Meacham


t seems that every time I open

an evening of theatre consisting

be easy. We knew we were in for

Facebook, I see another post

primarily of scenes written by

some difficult conversations. But

about a young queer or trans*

other Queer Youth Theatres around

we also knew it was an important

person who has taken their own life.

the country. Our second year, we

dialogue to have and to present to

And every time it is heartbreaking.

premiered our first full length

our broader community. We started

I know our community is reeling

original piece. Now, in our third

talking about the fictional young

from these loses. We cannot begin

year, we are extremely excited

man who ended his own life. We

to understand the pain these young

to be presenting Ripples, a world

explored who lived in his world,

people have been experiencing, but,



what might have lead to his actions,

at the same time, we understand it

an intimate look at the way one

and how his absence would leave

all too well. So it should have come


his friends and family. After a few

as no surprise that when Company


production death—can




months of writing and editing, we

Q started talking about what issues

We always start our season by

have a piece that (and I may be a

are current and important in the lives

making lists of what is important

bit biased here) is moving, funny,

of the young company members,

to us—what we want to explore or

thoughtful, and provocative. And

suicide was one of the first things

talk about. Each time we did that

we are so excited to share it with

that came up.

this year, someone would bring up


Let me rewind a little. Company

the issue of suicide. The suggestion

Please join us for the world

Q was founded in 2012 with the

was usually followed by some

premiere production of Ripples,

generous support of the Mutki Fund.

silence. Finally, a 15-year-old first-

Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June

We are a theatre ensemble for queer,

year ensemble member brought

5, at 7:30 p.m. Performances will

trans*, and allied teens and young

in a short scene that explored the

take place at the Farish Theater

adults. We are housed at the GLSO

events immediately preceding and

in Lexington’s Downtown Central

and use art to explore relevant

following a suicide. It was moving.

Library. Tickets are available at

issues in the lives of our ensemble

It left us all asking questions. We

the door free of charge, however

members. We are storytellers. We

wanted to know more. So we, as an

Company Q will be fund-raising for

are activists. Above all, we aim

ensemble, acknowledged something

our Annual Campaign, which will

to be a safe harbor for any young

that I think most of us knew all

allow us to continue our work in the

person who feels that their voice

along: this is the year that we talk

future. Donations will be accepted

isn’t always heard.

about suicide.


In our first year, we presented

We knew it wasn’t going to

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LinQ June 2015, Vol. 37, No. 6  

LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on Kentucky LGBT issues.

LinQ June 2015, Vol. 37, No. 6  

LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on Kentucky LGBT issues.