ok so evergreen was putting on a production of this student written/directed play called “the quisney project” which is about a bunch of queered disney characters attending high school and…
So I just found this….and I feel the need to respond (even though I know I should just leave it.)
First off, I want to thank the poster for coming to see our show even though it wasn’t to their liking. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions about art, and I respect that 100%. We went into this knowing that we weren’t telling EVERY story for EVERY member of the queer community.
That being said, I mainly just want to point out some facts that are incorrect and may have caused some confusion.
First off: I’m the co-director (hi there!) And I’m not straight. Making that assumption based on how I look, act, or from what you’ve heard is the right way to get the wrong information. I’m not going to go into what my sexual preferences are here on the internet (because it’s no ones business but mine, and possibly the person, or people, I choose to be with) but I’ll just say that I identify as queer, and leave it at that. (And for the record the other directer is trans, so I’m pretty sure I’m the silly “straight girl” is me)
Second: I’m not going to go into all that happened with the administration during this project (because I’m so tired of talking about it), but I’ll just say that what was written in this post about it is so very very far from the mark. It was a long, drawn out affair that had little to do with copyright, and actually had a lot more to do with homophobic people being in power and trying to silence those who even dared to speak up. Like I said, I’m exhausted from going over and over it.
No one paid for the right to parody songs (because we didn’t need to). The only thing anyone paid for out of pocket (and I’ll admit that a lot of that was me because this was something I was putting my whole heart and soul into) was props (which I was in charge of), costumes, set pieces, and food for the cast and crew. Nothing illegal happened on our part. It’s all behind us now anyways, so what does it really matter?
And third: I really want to stress this- Quisney was not written by any one person! The majority of it was written by a group of 5-6 people who identify as queer. Many parts were added once we had a cast who brought their own experiences to the show. We were telling the stories that we’ve experienced. (again, we recognize that this is not every queer persons story).
Every show has drama. People come and go in show business. Life is a messy thing and sometimes people will drop out of shows. I don’t begrudge any of the people who chose to leave Quisney for any reason. (And as far as I know there were many different reasons that certain people left the project. Only those people involved truly know why, but I feel, again, that you are commenting on peoples actions without knowing the motivations behind them).
That’s all I’m gonna say because I’m trying very hard to not let your opinion of the show get to me. I’m glad that you came and saw it. I’m even kinda glad you hated it. The show is meant to start conversation. That was one of our main intentions. So here we are. the only part of what you wrote that even really upset me is the misrepresentation of my character. I’m not just some straight girl who wanted to do a tribute to disney. So far from that. And if that’s how I came off, well then, I’m going to take that criticism, and you better believe that I’m going to learn and GROW from it. So Thanks?
I hope you find a school and space that makes you comfortable and safe. I’m sorry that we made you feel otherwise. We were only trying to tell our stories. And I personally feel that discomfort is how we, as humans grow.
I hope I’ve articulated what I needed to. Let bi-gones be bi-gones. I’m going to “fuck off” now! All the best!
ok thank you for filling me in, i dont want to spread misinformation with my pop-off posts, i appreciate you writing taking the time to correct me, my onion however remains unchanged. i was bullied throughout my entire upbringing for being effeminate and queer so this is an issue that is very sensitive for me and i felt as if your play was essentializing my experience to a straight audience. i again appreciate you writing me back though.