Directed by Cody Stickels
72 min | 2019 | USA
Join us in New York City for an unforgettable evening of non-binary entertainment! This documentary about the award-winning Brooklyn drag/burlesque performance collective Switch n’ Play is sure to please, if you like–as one performer puts it–“being in a room full of empowered queers.” The collective was established in 2006 to foster safe performance space for gender-based entertainers across the spectrum. Its members run the rainbow gamut from high-femme emcee Miss Malice and contorting stage kitten Zoe Ziegfeld to drag king K. James and gay dead-boy Vigor Mortis, among others. In its regular performances at the Branded Saloon in Prospect Heights, Switch n’ Play collective strives likewise to meet the needs of the local queer community in creating a warm and mirthful ambiance in which all may engage and reflect on questions of gender identity.
In the film, seven collective members deliver performances that bring laughter and engender inevitable new thoughts about the spectrum. Interspersed among the performances are behind-the-scenes revelations and personal stories of empowerment. The performers speak from the heart about their journeys from shame or hesitancy to acceptance. “A Night at Switch n’ Play” is a reminder of the powerful healing effect of immersion in a nurturing queer community—or what Armistead Maupin calls finding our “logical family.” This movie is a celebration of us all.
– Robert Doares
Official Selection: 2019 Inside Out Toronto