Caption: the more we lean into truth, the more the world opens up. That was the realization I had while opening my production of Fun Home this past weekend. And the same can be said to our KEYS: the more we lean into our collective queerness, the more we create opportunities together. Let’s. queer. the. world.


We also need your help in queering the stage: if you can offer your time or talents to helping us grow this network, we would appreciate it. Know someone that should be a KEY? Spread the word. Know how we can grow more members beyond NYC? Let us know! Have a couple hours to spare to help with outreach?  Email us! We always welcome your ideas and suggestions.


Stay cool!

Andrea & your RoK leaders


A new QPOC musical premiering at New York Musical Festival! 

Book and lyrics: KEY Kit Yan
Featuring: KEY Esco Jouley
NYMF Artistic Director: KEY Rachel Sussman  

INTERSTATE is an Asian-American pop-rock poetry musical that follows Dash, a trans spoken word performer who becomes internet-famous along with their best friend, Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter. It’s a touching story about how two trans people at different stages of their journey navigate love, family, masculinity, and finding a community in the era of social media.  

We’ve partnered with Interstate to bring KEY members an exclusive KEY OUTING!  

We have a block of tickets available ($28 each) for the July 13th performance at 5pm: if interested in going, secure your ticket by replying to this email! 

Then, join us for a post-show happy hour and networking event at:

Yotel's rooftop bar,
The Terrace.
570 10th Ave (between 41st and 42nd), 
New York, NY 10036



Bunt Cake Comedy Show

July 26th at 8pm

Molasses Books

770 Hart St

Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)



(All events at Molasses are free and open to public, no reservations required or checked at door.)


Bunt Cake Zine is devoted to sharing the voices of women and non-gendered stand-up comedians. This show hosts all-female, trans, and non-binary comedians in a showcase.


You can read more on their instagram:



Are you a KEY who lives outside of NYC? We envision a future with KEY Meetups happening all over the country! If you’d be interested in hosting your city’s meetup in the future, let us know! Email us!

Produced and Artistic Directed by KEY Janelle Lawrence, the Summer Fresh Festival is a festival of new works happening this August in NYC and presented by Broad Views on Broadway.  

KEYS Featured: Ella Mora, Kat Griffin, Maggie Larkin, Morgan Dean 

The Summer Fresh Festival will present new works that present equity-friendly themes, and shine light on current and age old issues: mental illness, codependency, race, and love. Not only will The Summer Fresh Festival provide a safe environment for audiences to experience new work, it will also provide a safe environment for artists to create, work, and thrive in. 
This month we'd like to spotlight Key Linnea Valdivia (she/her/hers), a playwright and dramaturg currently based in Ashland, OR.

Currently, she's the assistant producer for the Black Swan Lab, a new play development lab at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Linnea is also developing her own play about a real colonial American community of LGBTQ people: 

"We all know the story of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock but have you ever heard of the Merry Mount colony? Nearly stricken from the historical record, Merry Mount was founded by people seeking asylum from persecution in the old world, but not for religious reasons: performers, artists and lgbtq individuals came to the new world wanting to create a new community that accepted and celebrated them for who they were. Merry Mount's liberal Christianity and its amicable relationship with the native Algonquian tribes was seen as a threat by the severe, god-fearing Puritans. Merrymount explores connections between nature, the divine, freedom and justice and ponders a future of America that could have been." 

We salute Linnea as she develops this work in the context of our largely white male centric canon and history curriculum.
Do you have work that you want us to showcase? Let us know! Reply to this email, or use the hashtag #ringofkeys on your social media posts so we can know about all the great stuff going on with our Members.
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