the lavender spell
Premiere: December 12, 2014, The Alloy Studios, Pittsburgh, PA
Created by: Dreams of Hope Queer Youth Arts
Written and performed by: theatriQ Youth Ensemble
Director: Adil Mansoor
Assistant Director: Dustin Cranez
Playwright: Paul Kruse
Music Director: Judith Avers
Choreographer: Maree ReMalia
Dramaturge: Luke Niebler
Props/Costumes: Matt Smith
Performers: Dreams of Hope youth theater ensemble
Poster Design: Katie Kaplan
Established in 2003, Dreams of Hope uses the power of the arts to provide the region's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders. Their creative contributions educate audiences, build awareness, and increase acceptance.
The Fey, the world of the witches, is a world without bodies or divisions; without race, gender, or class. Powerful magic forces have torn a hole in the fabric of this world, leaving it vulnerable to the mortal realm. A young witch stands trial. Can they explain what lead to this disaster, and why they cast the Lavender Spell? In this magical dramedy, join the adventure of a young witch and a high school Gay-Straight Alliance as they try to create a better world at the risk of destroying two. Can they learn the true cost of power before it's too late?
The ensemble worked with local artists Adil Mansoor, Paul Kruse, Judith Avers, and Maree ReMalia to develop original text, music, and dance for this hour-long performance.