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The Survival

June 22 (8:00pm), June 23 (3:00pm), June 26 (7:00pm), June 27 (7:00pm)

Written by Achiro P. Olwoch
Directed by Nadia Guevara

Tickets for The Survival are Pay-What-You-Wish, ranging from $24 to $129 per ticket.

Run time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Celebrate Pride Month, resistance, and love with National Queer Theater and PAC NYC.

Achan, feeling pressure from her mother for not yet being married at 27, falls for Oyat after meeting him at a bar. Unbeknownst to Achan, Oyat is hoping she will be a surrogate for him and his boyfriend’s child. When Achan learns the truth from Oyat’s boyfriend, John, she must confront her own traditional upbringing to find love and new notions of family in modern Uganda. The Survival is a story of survival.

Originally developed at the 2022 Criminal Queerness Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Tyler Bey and Gregory Marlow in The Survival. Photo: Sachyn Mital for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Post-show Discussion: June 22

Playwright Achiro P. Olwoch joins members of the cast to discuss the inspiration, themes, and creative process behind The Survival. Moderated by National Queer Theater’s Founding Artistic Director, Adam Odsess-Rubin.

Content Advisory

Contains domestic violence, police violence, and sexual abuse.

Achiro P. Olwoch
Achiro P. Olwoch Author
Nadia Guevara
Nadia Guevara Director
National Queer Theater
National Queer Theater


Tyler Bey
Tyler Bey Ethan Campbell
Jha'Neal Blue
Jha'Neal Blue Mother
R. Jahan
R. Jahan Oyat Kizito
Janet Kilonzo
Janet Kilonzo Achan Ladira
Ash Mayers
Ash Mayers Asiimwe Harris
Kkuumba Siegell
Kkuumba Siegell Grandmother

Creative Team:

Riw Rakkulchon
Riw Rakkulchon Scenic/Props Designer
Jason A. Goodwin
Jason A. Goodwin Costume Designer
Moneé Stamp
Moneé Stamp Lighting Designer
Ryan Gamblin
Ryan Gamblin Sound Designer
Maria Mukuka
Maria Mukuka Dialect Coach
Ann C. James
Ann C. James Intimacy Director
Begüm "Begsy" Inal
Begüm "Begsy" Inal Dramaturg
Joseph Hayes
Joseph Hayes Casting Director
Vaibu Mohan
Vaibu Mohan Production Manager
Rose Oser
Rose Oser Producing Director, National Queer Theater
Adam Odsess-Rubin
Adam Odsess-Rubin Founding Artistic Director, National Queer Theater
Jordan Danielle Baptiste
Jordan Danielle Baptiste Stage Manager

Other Events in This Series:

She He Me

She He Me

Jun 21—23, 2024
Part of Criminal Queerness Festival