Ryan Conarro, an interdisciplinary theater maker, came to Gainesville from New York to direct the first show in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s Discovery Series last month. Conarro completes his residency at GTA with a performance of his one-man show Saints of Failure, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13-15, at UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood.
Saints of Failure is a solo performance created and performed by Conarro that explores deep questions about LGBT identity, the American Christian experience, and the strangeness, discomfort and hilarity that ensue when these two identities collide. Conarro embodies a series of actual historical saints whose stories resonate with LGBT history and contemporary culture. GTA has rated the piece PG-13 because of subject matter.
Conarro, originally from north Georgia, graduated from North Hall High School. He performed and trained with GTA before transferring to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He earned a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. At Goddard, he met Risha Rox, a visual artist who collaborated with Conarro on the makeup for Saints of Failure. Additional collaborators are stage manager Brooke Salyer, sound designer David Liccardi and lighting designer James Thomas.
The performance is free and open to the public. General admission seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis, and the doors will open at approximately 7:10 p.m.
For more information, contact the GTA Box Office. For more on Ryan Conarro’s work, please visit www.ryanconarro.com.