A weekend pick reminiscent of the good old days: Grindr (and other concerns)

A weekend pick reminiscent of the good old days: Grindr (and other concerns)

Jenna Simeonov

Feel like checking out a queer comedic chamber opera this weekend? Me too.

Thankfully, there’s Grindr (and other concerns), the new work by composer Marc Hoffeditz, librettist MJ Halberstadt, and director Ingrid Oslund.

The opera was originally slated for a live premiere at the Boston-area Chelsea Theater Works, but COVID-19 has spun the project to a self-produced online event, happening June 26 & 27, 7:30pm ET.

Grindr tells the story of Riley, his horny best friend Brandon, and their chaotic adventures in online dating, open relationships, and queerness in technology.

The premiere viewing of Grindr (and other conce rns) will feature Act 1: An Annotated Sing Through, where you can catch “unforgettably naughty scenes and arias” from the opera’s first act, along with some delightful commentary on topics like opera development and queer hook-up culture. It’s a combination of live and pre-recorded material.

As a bonus, the project is also a fundraiser for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which runs arts fellowship programs and community organizing for black transgender folx.

Viewers are asked to sign up ahead of time, and they’ll be sent a link to the performance.


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