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Colors and Queens: House of Dinah Dec 9, 2016

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HOUSE OF DINAH Dec 9, 2016

Child, what could I say to you
so that you would understand?

This is and is not for you.
Now you say you're lonely.

You've cried the whole night through.
You are invited, of course, but

make no mistake: this house is our house,
not yours. A family is a hierarchy,

a house of strength and knowledge, past and present.
You think you know something? Do you

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On the necessity and defiance of queer people of color Dec 8, 2016

For a lot of queer black people, living is surviving. House of Dinah shows the ways five black Queens are taught or have been taught to own their survival story and speak truth to it. As a queer, non-black person of color, it was an honor to be let in to the sacred space.

A smattering of thoughts during and after House of Dinah

Tough love is necessary. Silence is golden. Don’t let anyone see you cry.

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HOUSE OF DINAH: Ball Culture Dec 2, 2016

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House of Dinah: Dinah Washington Nov 26, 2016



Legendary singer Dinah Washington plays a huge role in HOUSE OF DINAH. Born Ruth Lee Jones in 1924, she was am extremely versatile artist, equally at ease singing jazz, blues, R&B, and pop music. Washington gave herself the well-deserved title "Queen of the Blues." She lived an astoundingly full and turbulent life, dying tragically young at age 39. 

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16/17 Season Artists | Andrew Russell | Jerome A. Parker Jun 28, 2016


photo by Ryan Dunn

Beloved Seattle director Andrew Russell (Intiman Theatre) teams with NYC playwright Jerome A. Parker in a brand-new piece channeling the music of Dinah Washington in a powerful tale of five intergenerational Black queens. The subversive poetry of Jean Genet crashes into the fierce beauty of Paris is Burning in a world where ritual reigns supreme and survival is the only option. 

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