Celebrate Pride Month, resistance, and queer love with National Queer Theater and PAC NYC.
National Queer Theater brings its annual Criminal Queerness Festival to PAC NYC in 2024, featuring productions of Achiro P. Olwoch’s The Survival, Raphaël Amahl Khouri’s She He Me, and Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko’s Waafrika 123.
The Criminal Queerness Festival celebrates queer and trans artists from around the world who have the guts to risk it all—censorship, imprisonment, and violence for simply sharing their truth. Since 2019, the Criminal Queerness Festival has produced playwrights from Syria, Venezuela, Uganda, Kenya, Iraq, China, Pakistan, Tanzania, Egypt, Mexico, India, Lebanon, Poland and Ukraine.
Waafrika 123 photo by Sean Velasco Dodge. Pictured (L-R) Karen Eilbacher and T Thompson.
Raphaël Amahl Khouri
Playwright – She He Me
Raphaël Amahl Khouri is a Jordanian documentary playwright and theatremaker living between Berlin and Cairo. Khouri is the author of several plays, including the first transgender Arab play, She He Me (staged at Kosmos Theatre, Vienna 2019 and also performed online as part of NYC’s Criminal Queerness Festival 2020), and No Matter Where I Go, a play about the lives of queer women and non-binary Lebanese people staged in Beirut 2014.
Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Playwright – Waafrika 123
Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko (he / they / Nick) plays include: Silence Is A Sound; Cock Tales for Christmas; 37; S.T.A.R: Marsha P. Johnson; WAAFRIKA 123—A Tragic Rise to Queer African Fantasia; THEY/THEM/THEIRS; Home is the AfterLife; Blueprint for an African Lesbian; SH/Ero; Asymmetrical We; Brotherly Love; Trailer Park Tundra; Once A Man Always A Man; Mama Afrika; Queering MacBeth; Life Is About the Kill; That Day God Visits You; Ata; To Dyke Trans; Gayze; Good Grief; Pence At The Border and many more. Residencies include: Playwrights’ Center (2022-26); Resident Playwright Initiative with Playwrights’ Foundation (2019-2023); Resilience and Development (R&D) Writers’ Lab (2017-2018); New York City’s EWG (Emerging Writers’ Group) at the Public Theater and more.
National Queer Theater
National Queer Theater (NQT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater company based in New York City, dedicated to celebrating the brilliance of generations of LGBTQ+ artists and providing a home for unheard storytellers and activists.
Achiro P. Olwoch
Playwright – The Survival
Achiro P. Olwoch is a Ugandan writer, playwright and screenwriter currently living in exile in New York. She tells stories that start conversations, often writing about subjects that her part of the world calls forbidden. A former air hostess who hates flying, Achiro knows full well how to turn uncomfortable situations into a story.