Roger Q. Mason is a Black/Filipinx, plus-sized, gender non-conforming writer/performer/producer for theatre, television and film. His work gives voice to the silenced through the ritual of performance. As a theatre artist, Mason’s plays have been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off and Off-Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, New Group Theatre, American Theatre of Actors, the Flea Theatre, and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre Center, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, Son of Semele Theatre, and Skylight Theatre. Mason's genderqueer coming-of-age play THE WHITE DRESS was a Finalist for the Lark’s Playwrights Week and the Screencraft Stage Play Award, judged by David Lindsay-Abaire. His HIV stigma fugue HARD PALATE was nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award. Mason's historical revisionist work LINCOLN ADJACENT won the Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producer's Award. On the strength of his theatre writing, Mason began exploring film and television. His queer Civil War short SOFTER premiered at Outshine Film Festival and was a semi-finalist of the AT&T Film Awards. The TV adaptation of SOFTER, co-written with Lovell Holder, was a semi-finalist for the Atlanta International Film Festival teleplay contest. Mason is currently adapting THE WHITE DRESS as a feature film. He holds a BA in English and Theatre from Princeton University, an MA in English from Middlebury College, and an MFA from Northwestern University. Mason is the subject of the Iris Prize-nominated documentary OUR SKIN and the Audience Awards-nominated docu-series “mason.”
January 20th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 7 mins
civil war, gender studies, history, lavender men, lgbtq, lincoln, los angeles, playwrights, queering dramaturgy
Our first episode recorded in the Seattle studio! Playwright Roger Q. Mason joins us from his home in Los Angeles -- close enough to my old place that we totally could have recorded together in person if I just had a short-term time machine. And on the topic of time machines, we also had a slight technical glitch, which I think Andy patched so seamlessly that you won't even notice [your short trip to 1980]!