"Queer in the best sense of the word. Self-consciously outside of the mainstream. Looking in with intelligence and wit." - The Village Voice
Since 2004, Theatre Askew's acclaimed productions have redefined LGBT theatre in the 21st century by using queerness as a metaphor for all who stand on the margins of American society.
By Jason Jacobs
The latest in Theatre Askew's provocative works-in-progress production program, Horatio's Rise reexamines the American myth of success by looking at the life and present-day influence of Horatio Alger, the man whose name and stories have become synonymous with the American ideal of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.
After John, an inner-city high school teacher, catches one of his most promising students, Alberto, plagiarizing an American Lit term paper, he takes it upon himself to instill positive values in the young man by exposing him to the life and work of the Victorian boys' novelist, Horatio Alger. Alberto reluctantly begins reading Alger's most famous book, Ragged Dick, which comes to theatrical life before his eyes imbued with Askew's characteristic blend of camp theatricality and emotional honesty.