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CHILMARK, MA: "Pride, Not Prejudice 6" at The Yard

CHILMARK, MA: "Pride, Not Prejudice 6" at The Yard


The Yard


The Yard
1 The Yard
Chilmark, MA 02535


Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:00am
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 7:00pm



The Yard

Pride, Not Prejudice 6
The Yard’s (and the Vineyard’s) Annual Pride Event


Pride, Not Prejudice 6 is The Yard’s annual Pride celebration, which celebrates the equality and diversity of identity, gender, and marriage.

The Yard is in its sixth year of celebrating this global event with dance, conversation, and rainbows. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which launched  the gay rights movement that started the LGBTQIA+ movements we know today, we will share laughter and love while simultaneouslty opening up space for a serious moment to acknowledge the people who have passed on in the struggle for equality.

This year, Pride, Not Prejudice will be found in the strut of local drag queen Betty Bootleg, who will be teaching a community “contemporary heels” class. It will be heard over the sound of drinks clinking and shoes stomping at a Yard Dancehall down island at Nomans, formerly Lola’s, in Oak bluffs.  And it will be captured, dissected, and celebrated within two performances and a talk by award-winning artist Ain Gordon in partnership with Josh Quillen.



“Histories of the Invisible”
An Artist Talk with Ain Gordon
June 25th

The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center
Tickets: FREE

“Contemporary Heels” Community Class date:
Wednesday, June 26, 9am-11am
Location: The Yard’s Rehearsal Studio at 1 The Yard, Middle Road, Chilmark, MA
Class fee: $15


The Yard’s Creator Series are classes offered by renowned national and international dancers during their residencies at The Yard. Join us for the special Pride Creators Series class, “Contemporary Heels”, taught by local island drag queen BETTY BOOTLEG.

Pride Bowling - Family Friendly!
June 26th
The Barn and Bowl Bistro
$50.00 for a team of 6 for 90 minutes

Pride Bowling - Family Event date:
Wednesday, June 26th, 5-8pm’
Location: The Barn and Bowl Bistro
Pricing: $50.00 for a team of 6 for 90 minutes


The Barn and Bowl is a family-friendly venue in Oak Bluffs that holds 90+ people, a 10-lane boutique bowling alley, a large dining room, and a full kitchen and bar. Call the Barn and Bowl to reserve your lane and desired time slot. Availability is between 5-6:30 or 6:30-8pm.

“Radicals in Miniature”
YARD ARTS 2019 Performance by Ain Gordon and Josh Quillen
June 27th & 29th
The Yard’s Nanon Theater
$25 General
$15 Seniors/Students/Active Military/Veterans
$5 Children Under 12
$45 Neighbor and Need

New this year! Please consider upgrading to a $45 “Neighbor and Need” ticket to support The Yard’s efforts to continue offering free and discounted programming to those in our community for whom our ticket prices pose an impediment.  Member and Behind the Counter discounts apply.


On the occasion of World Pride Week and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, AIN GORDON and JOSH QUILLEN poignantly remember the not so famous (but beloved) members of the 80’s arts community who died of AIDS. RADICALS IN MINIATURE is a series of “performed-odes” to personal icons in a generation of political radicals from the late 20th century America, an era capped by disease and creative margins. Onstage, Ain Gordon and Josh Quillen (a gay man and straight man of different generations) speak, sing, play, and partner to offer alternative elegies to these under-sung figures.

“His style is intense, sardonic, philosophical, with a tendency to skitter away from the spotlight even as he places himself center stage.” - The New York Times

Ain Gordon destabilizes the illusion created within storytelling to question the notion of truth, fiction, visibility and permanence within historic narratives.

“I look for lives/events/places that have left enough trace to tantalize and been enough lost to offer me wide permission” - Ain Gordon



AIN GORDON is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer/director/actor, a two-time NYFA recipient and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. His theater work is primarily inspired by overlooked history and truth (or the lack of) in storytelling. His performance internalizes these issues and projects them in real-time. Gordon’s work has been featured at BAM Next Wave, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep., Public Theatre, 651 ARTS, Dance Theater Workshop, PS 122, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and HERE (all NY); and has been commissioned to perform at venues across the United States such as George Street Playhouse (NJ), Vermont Performance Lab, and Jacob’s Pillow (MA).

JOSH QUILLEN has forged a unique identity in the contemporary music world as an all-around percussionist, expert steel drummer (lauded as “softly sophisticated” by the New York Times), and composer. A member of the acclaimed ensemble Sō Percussion since 2006, Josh has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Lincoln Center Festival, and many others. Previous to “Radicals In Miniature” Josh collaborated twice with Ain Gordon at the BAM Next Wave Festival.

Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

DYLAN TURMEQUE (AKA Frida Calor) is an educator, multimedia artist, and former Yard intern living in NYC. Turmeque graduated from Wesleyan University with a Masters with High Honors in Psychology, where he first started experimenting with video, music, dance, and drag. He uses different elements from each medium to create an experience that allows for exploration and possibilities of liberation.

Born and raised in California, DEBORAH LOHSE (AKA TruDee) is a choreographer/performer living and working in New York City. Her work has been presented in theaters, public spaces, and festivals including DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub, American Dance Festival, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, United Solo Theater Festival, La Mama Moves, and the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. Lohse currently performs as her alter ego indefatigable cabaret persona TruDee.



The Yard supports diverse, contemporary dance-makers and related artists in their creative processes through paid, creative residency, public performance, long-term education, and artist-driven civic engagement. We serve all ages and cultural populations on Martha´s Vineyard, and work collaboratively with artists, producers, and other cultural organizers within regional, national, and international contexts.


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