Pride, Not Prejudice is The Yard’s annual Pride celebration, now in its sixth year. Join The Yard and our island partners for events and performances that celebrate the equality and diversity of identity, gender, and marriage!

photo by Andrew Eccles

photo by Andrew Eccles

Tuesday, June 25

“Histories of The Invisible” an Artist Talk with Ain Gordon

The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center

As a theater-maker, Ain Gordon’s work interrogates the ways in which traditional-form history has been a ruthless editing machine. Gordon seek to annotate the cultural record by historicizing the invisible and the lost; figures swept or forced to the margins of public forgetting. This has led him to a range of disparate subjects including the first “free” African-Americans to build their own home in mid 19th century Lexington, Kentucky; the gay psychiatrist who stood up to the medical establishment to insist homosexuality was not a disease in 1972; and the work Gordon and Josh Quillen will perform at The Yard, Radicals In Miniature, which tributes a collection of personal icons from the 70’s and early 80’s.

Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer/director/actor and Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. His work has been presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival, New York Theater Workshop, the Flynn Center, The Krannert Center, Performance Space 122, and Dance Theater Workshop, among many others.

Photo courtesy of Betty Bootleg

Photo courtesy of Betty Bootleg


“Contemporary Heels” Creators Series Dance Class with Betty Bootleg

9:00 - 11:00am
The Yard’s Rehearsal Studio

The Yard’s Creator Series are classes offered by renowned national and international dancers during their residencies at The Yard. Join us for the special Pride Creators Series class, “Contemporary Heels”, taught by local island drag queen Betty Bootleg.

Photo by  mkosmowski  on Flickr

Photo by mkosmowski on Flickr


Pride Bowling
Family Friendly!

5:00 - 8:00pm
The Barn and Bowl Bistro
$50.00 for a team of 6 for 90 minutes
*Call ahead to reserve your lane*

Bowl in celebration of all families!

Photo by Paula Court

Photo by Paula Court

Thursday, June 27
Saturday June 29

“Radicals in Miniature” performance by Ain Gordon in partnership with Josh Quillen
A Pick Up Performance Co(s) production

7:00pm at The Yard’s Nanon Theater, both evenings

$25 General
$15 Seniors/Students/Active Military/Veterans
$5 Children Under 12
$45 Neighbor and Need

Radicals in Miniature is a series of “performed-odes” to personal icons who flourished between 1967’s Summer Of Love (not everyone’s love) and 1982/3 when mainstream press first printed the word “AIDS.” Many were felled by the disease that capped the era, others couldn’t navigate the winnowing force of the latter 80’s “professionalizing” what had been creative margins, still others never imagined consolidating their personal radicalism for public consumption - they disappeared when their “life-performance” ended. Onstage, Ain Gordon and Josh Quillen (a gay man and straight man of different generations) speak, sing, play, and partner to offer alternative elegies to these under-sung.

Photo by Sally Cohn

Photo by Sally Cohn

Pride DanceHall
Public Dancing Allowed!!!
with DJ Frida Calor and TruDee

June 28
At Nomans “formerly Lola’s”, 15 Island Inn Road, Oak Bluffs
You must be at least 18 years old to attend this event

Pride, Not Prejudice 6 is The Yard’s annual Pride celebration which celebrates the equality and diversity of identity, gender, and marriage.

Dylan Turmeque AKA Frida Calor is an educator, multimedia artist, and former Yard intern living in NYC. He uses different elements from each medium to create a musical experience that allows for exploration and possibilities of liberation.

Born and raised in California, Deborah Lohse AKA TruDee is a choreographer/performer living and working in New York City. She has presented her work and performed in many theaters, public spaces, and festivals including DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub, American Dance Festival, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, United Solo Theater Festival, and many more. Deborah Lohse’s alter ego, the indefatigable cabaret persona TruDee, will join the Pride DanceHall!