Madison, Wisconsin – Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — Art & Soul Innovations in collaboration with Stage Q presents ‘Proud Theater: Crystal Queer’ – a fun and exciting evening of theater, music, spoken word, poetry and dance written by and starring the talented youth of Madison’s premier Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning and Allied youth theater troupe, Proud Theater.

Proud Theater is an award-winning, exciting and innovative youth theater program whose mission is ‘to change the world through the power of theater and the theater arts, and to make a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQ and allied youth through the tenets of art, heart, and activism’.   Founded in 1999, the group is open to youth ages 13 to 19 that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning or who are allied with the queer community (LGBTQA).  Empowering and creative, Proud Theater encourages youth to share their own stories through the creation of original theatrical works which they then present to the community at large throughout the school year.

As with critically acclaimed shows ‘Rockin’ the Rotunda’ (2011), ‘Beyond’ (2012), and ‘Fearless Hearts’ (2013), ‘Proud Theater: Crystal Queer’ tackles many of the issues affecting youth today and does so with humor, heart and honesty.  Sometimes outrageous, sometimes profound, the youth share their voices with the community in a no-holds barred and uncensored way.  This year the youth take a look at family, bullying, Community and the world at large.

‘Proud Theater: Crystal Queer’ opens May 29, 2014 at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street in Madison, WI, and runs through May 31 with shows at 7:30 PM.  There will also be a special matinee showing on May 31 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved via email at reservations@proudtheater.org or by calling the Proud Theater Hotline at 608-222-9086.  Tickets can be paid for only on the day of the show and must be picked up no later than 15 minutes before curtain, or the tickets will be made available for sale. The box office opens one hour before show time.

Proud Theater is a program of Art and Soul Innovations (artandsoulinnovations.org), and enjoys generous financial support from the Mukti Fund (muktifund.com),  the PFund Foundation (www.pfundonline.org) and the New Harvest Foundation (newharvestfoundation.org), as well as the support of many community organizations from around the state.

For more info on Proud Theater or ‘Proud Theater: Crystal Queer’, contact Executive Director Brian Wild at info@proudtheater.org, or call Proud Theater at 608-222-9086.  Tax-deductible donations to the organization can be sent to: Proud Theater, P.O. Box 6306, Monona WI, 53716, or via PayPal at www.proudtheater.org.