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Photo by Jason Fisch



Our borders are shifting.

Our bodies are transforming.


Set in a world where water is rapidly rising and borders are massively

disintegrating, Queer & Now: Sync or Swim is a theatrical experience that follows seven mythical deities overcoming struggles rooted in rampant sexism, corporate greed, and climate change. 

Told through a series of vignettes with drag, lip syncing, and dance, Sync or Swim takes ancient world mythology and fuses it with contemporary pop music to embrace our impending future. ​

Photography by Tom Kelleher and Jason Fisch


Director and Producer Garrett Sager

Dramaturgs Fig Lefevre and Afrikah Selah

Costume Designer Christina Beam

Props Designer/Asst. Costume Designer Sami Brzozowski

​Lighting Designer Jordan Mitchell (2018–19); Aidan Gerard (2020)

Makeup & Hair Designer Sarah Talaid

Sound Designer Fig Lefevre and ensemble

Sound Engineer Tom Kelleher

Stage Manager Thea McCrory

Production Assistants Melissa Smith (2018); Allison Chen (2018–19); Erik Long (2019);

Liz Diamond and Taylor Lennon (2020)

Ensemble Faolain Bobersky, Bry Belling, Elisabeth Castellon Gonçalves, Emma Hollows, Akira Rose, Garrett Sager, and Sebastian Salloum


UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center

Amherst, MA

December 2018 (premiere)

NYPOP/West Chelsea Arts

New York, NY

April 2019

Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center

Greenfield, MA

January 2020



Sync or Swim was developed as a B.A. honors thesis project with UMass Theater. The project received additional funding and support via a Projects & Events Grant from the UMass Arts Council, an Honors Research Grant from the Commonwealth Honors College, and donations to an Indiegogo campaign, for the show's tour to NYC.

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