Thanks to Radio Kingston for filming the live performance of Que Será Será at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center on Dec 8th, 2019. Watch on Vimeo

Que Será Será
Whatever Will Be Will Be

Written and Performed by

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller)
 

May 2020's Scheduled Performances

at Greenkill in Kingston, NY
Cancelled Due to Covid Pandemic

July 2020's Performances

at 11 Jane Street in Saugerties, NY

Cancelled Due to Covid Pandemic

We look forward to rescheduling performances as soon as it's safe.

 

A Life’s Journey of Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression. 

This multi-media show chronicles the joys and challenges of navigating non-binary Queerness from childhood in the 1950s to adulthood.

 

Written & Performed by Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller)
 

Script Editor & Poster: Raine Grayson
 

Why Que Será, Será, and why now?

We are in a time of deep discord and danger for many marginalized people. The sands are shifting for the LGBTQ community and there seems to be no stable ground. While I’ve often felt both angry and terrified about the actions of the current administration, my heart and my experience tell me that along with the necessity of direct political action, there is nothing like personal story to affirm common experience and build bridges, and that sharing my personal story will help move us in that healing direction. 

History

I started on Que Será, Será over a year ago and presented it in a nascent form 12 times in April 2018 at the Lace Mill artists’ residence in Kingston.  It was just a 30-minute slide/talk about growing up Queer with some pretty scary statistics about how things have been changing under the current administration.  Although still in a formative state, the feedback I received was profound. Many audience members communicated how strongly they were moved by QSS and encouraged me to grow the piece.

You can support the show with a charitable donation that will fund the production here. 

 

Reviews

Via her intimate and powerful writing, Zelda’s expertly guides the audience so that we may all examine, accept, and appreciate our own life’s journey. Although focused on her own Queer journey, Zelda’s story illuminates the dark moments many of us struggle with alone with compassion, warmth and humor, transforming the highly personal into an entertaining and universally relatable experience.

Lilia Perez

Grants & Programs Manager, Arts Mid-Hudson

Just thrilled. Thrilled to come. Very powerful. Very moving. I think it’s a powerful message and one that needs to get out. I’m so grateful that she was given grants to do be able to do this work. It could really save … It could stop some kid from committing suicide.

Elaine Trott

retired

I just saw Judith's powerful autobiographical performance. It was so well done, tightly written, and so well presented. It's just over an hour, go check it out. Well worthwhile! … Amazing. I was so impressed … immediately I knew that it was going to be really good, really powerful … strong in a powerful way … then as you went deeper and deeper — so open to allowing us to experience your life so intimately, just felt like a gift to us … I’ve never heard a work like this done that really touches on the past and brings it to a contemporary sense of all the things that are going on … This among any work I’ve ever seen over the past number of years … had an amazing contemporary felling … And the delivery is just incredible, I mean I could not ask for a better … If I was directing it … The delivery was incredible and it was so powerful, all of us were engaged. You could feel it … Even with all of the difficult material …. You did a wonderful just flowing back and forth … you had us by surprise so many times … it’s really going well and oh, and then you take us out … and it’s up again …. just through the waves. Just top notch. Congratulations!

Stephen Blauweiss
Filmaker/Historian

I was captivated and moved by Zelda’s stories, sometimes cringing and melting in quick succession. Powerful work, worth your attention.

Seth David Branitz
Author, The Trouble With Kim, workshop teacher with TMI Project

Addie Farr, 27

Artist/Art Educator

Stephen Blauweiss

Filmmaker/Historian

Kale Kaposhilin

Technical Director, Radio Kingston

BethAnn Shoenfeld, MSW, 58
Mixed Media Artist/Photographer

 

Pictures from Live Performances

All photos by James Orr Photography

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Video Previews

Watch two stories developed in workshop with the TMI Project that are being adapted for the show.

TMI Project

MHA in Ulster County

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) was 8 years old when she saw Some Like It Hot for the first time. All she could focus on? Marilyn Monroe's breasts. And thus begins Zelda's journey through her childhood as she learns about herself-- and why she came out a "lezzie."

 

About the Author/Performer

Zelda is a multifaceted artist who lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe. As a feminist Jew who studies shamanism, she is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition as she explores the themes of connection to the Earth, spirituality, sexuality and gender. 

 

Currently, under an Individual Artist Commission awarded by Arts Mid-Hudson, Zelda is developing Que Será, Será. She was also awarded an NEA Arts Management Fellowship in Theatre and a Fractured Atlas Development Grant. She produces Zelda's Happenings, a series of black-light, body-painting, percussion dance parties that will produce original wearable art for a new UpState Artists Clothing Collection representing artists of the region. 

 

As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Line Actors Theatre in Washington DC Zelda produced and performed in special constituency projects, including the groundbreaking Women’s Prison Project. She performed at such venues as Source, GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Kennedy Center in DC, in NYC at WOW Café Theatre and Dixon Place, and with the TMI Project in Kingston. Zelda was profiled in The Daily News; the subject of feature articles in Mann About Town magazine, Home News Tribune, In Brooklyn, The Park Slope Paper, The Wave, and The Daily Sitka Sentinel, featured on NY-1 Television. Zelda is published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, American Theatre magazine, Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love, and she is a contributor to the Queeries Blog and Zine.

 

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