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ST. LOUIS: In a Victorian version of the gay-hookup app Grindr, men in handle-bar moustaches and to thats exchange politely steamy notes via an elaborate system of pulleys; a lesbian mom surprises herself, and her wife, when she's upset that their daughter may be gay, too; a curvy local pole-dancer plies her twisty trade

These are just a few of the offerings onstage at this year's Briefs, a festival of 10-minute plays on LGBT themes produced by Uppity Theatre Company and its media partner, Vitul Voice, a magazine for St. Louis's LGBT community. The fest runs March 21-23 at La Ferla, a private event space in downtown St. Louis. The brainchild of Uppity artistic director Joan Lipkin anil Vital Voice publisher Darin Slyman, Briefs is in its third season. And Lipkin wants to stress that every' initial in LGBT is represented--a relative rarity on one program. "It's rare to see the work of lesbian and transgendered writers sharing the stage with plays about the gay male experience," says Lipkin, the author of the popular Are You Married? and The Big, Fat LGBT Everything You Need to Know Show of Shows!

This year's slate includes the aforementioned Buggery by Brigham Mosley and in the Water by Tabia Lau, as well as Lipldn's own Ready, Donna I Joke's Sharp Corners, Desire Declvne's Not My Fathers Son, Theresa Masters's Lucky. Rich Espey's Messages

Deleted, and Donald Miller's Strange Bedfellows. The pole-dancer? She's not part of a play per se, but Michelle Mynx, a St. Louis-based burlesque star, kicks off each evening of Briefs--um, literally. Go to

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Title Annotation:NEWS IN BRIEF; gay-themed theater festival
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Mar 1, 2014
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