QUEER, ILL, & OKAY is an annual multidisciplinary performance series exploring, challenging, and reinventing narratives about the lives of queer individuals and their relationships to HIV and other forms of mental and chronic illness. In 2013 Joseph Varisco, Creative Director of JRV MAJESTY Productions began the series after being diagnosed as HIV+. He realized that we all know someone whose life has been impacted by illness and turned to his artistic communities to further understand the relationship between queerness, the body, and chronic illness.
FEATURING: SKY CUBACUB| AMIR RABIYAH | JOAN GIROUX | ALLIE SHYER |
OLI RODRIGUEZ | SCOTT ARTLEY | IREASHIA MONÉT | DONNELL WILLIAMS
QUEER, ILL, & OKAY appeared at the DCASE Storefront Theater in partnership with the City of Chicago'sDepartment of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the ADA's 25th Anniversary, and The Inconvenience.
QIO first appeared for Poonie's Cabaret at Links Hall in October 2013 and at DfbrL8r Performing Arts Gallery in July 2014 to sold out houses. Educational workshops and community conversations were added in partnership with Howard Brown Health Center to provide information and resources about living with chronic illness. Since first appearing QIO has reached over 1500 artists and audience members.
In 2015 QIO was awarded grants from Visual AIDS and through fiscal sponsorship with Links Hall, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to introduce a third year of new original work.