We are excited to announce that playwright Jessica Lemes da Silva will join PTC and the Vancouver Fringe Festival in an 18-month partnership resulting in a period of intensive play development and a world premiere of the show at the 2024 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

You can help bring this play to the stage by donating to support Jessica and all the 2SLGBTQAI+ and allied artists in making this presentation possible.

God’s A Drag, will receive dramaturgy and production mentorship from Davey Samuel Calderon (Dramaturg, Public Engagement), and in-kind venue and festival costs from the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Jessica joins a community of playwrights and theatre creators whose projects have continued on to be presented further in Vancouver, Canada and even some Internationally. The prize is an unprecedented opportunity that supports the work of emerging theatre artists creating exciting and exemplary works.

God’s A Drag explores the art of drag performance as an expression of spiritual ritual. Neveah, a young queer woman in a small BC town meets Luz, a genderqueer pastor who starts a holy queer hour in the town’s church. This little piece of heaven, a place where Neveah affirms her queerness and spirituality, doesn’t last long as protestors show up. After some unexpected consequences, Neveah guided by two queer saints goes on a journey of self-discovery to become who she was always meant to be. With a sprinkle of drag as prayerful worship — this story celebrates what it is to be unapologetically queer and holy. 

“I am overjoyed and completely thrilled to have been awarded the Fringe New Play Prize. I’m deeply grateful to Playwrights Theatre Centre and The Vancouver Fringe for providing such a wonderful opportunity to move this work forward with guidance and support. I’m excited to collaborate with talented local artists and to connect with audiences near and far!”

Jessica Lemes da Silva