2017-03-29 / Features

Crafting Stories Of The Queer And Latinx Experience


Queensborough Community College student, Ksenia Volynkina, who won Distinguished Performance by an Actress for Queensborough’s play, anOTHER, an ensemble work presented at the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Queensborough Community College student, Ksenia Volynkina, who won Distinguished Performance by an Actress for Queensborough’s play, anOTHER, an ensemble work presented at the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. On the heels of the triumphant ensemble production of anOTHER, presented at the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, J. Julian Christopher (aka C. Julian Jiménez), Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, will address students, faculty, staff and members of the community on the topic of “Playwriting as Activism: Advocacy Through Authenticity,” at Queensborough Community College’s (QCC) 2017 Spring Presidential Lecture Series. The event will take place today at 4:30 pm in the QCC Medical Arts Building, Room 136.

The collaborative piece anOTHER was written and directed by C. Julian Jiménez, together with the student led QCC Theatre Ensemble. The play is an exploration of what it means to be “other” in America; a celebration of difference in a society that is more comfortable navigating within the status quo. In this presentation, C. Julian Jiménez will discuss how as a playwright he crafts stories of emotionally rich, dynamic characters of the queer and Latinx experience. These stories and characters defy caricature, and through them, Jiménez challenges stereotypes and the heteronormative white gaze.

The production has been acclaimed by the National Awards Committee at the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which awarded anOTHER the following honors: Distinguished Production of a New or Devised Work, Distinguished Director of a New or Devised Work, Distinguished Ensemble of a Play, and Distinguished Performance by an Actress in a Play—Queensborough student Ksenia Volynkina

In addition, Queensborough received the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award for “Insisting that Theatrical Production is Central to the Urgent Community, National and International Conversations on our Campuses.”

Jiménez noted the students’ investment in their own work as the lynchpin for the play’s success: “I am ecstatic that The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has recognized the passionate and bold performances of our theatre students at QCC. They work so hard and deserve the recognition for their dedication.”

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