June 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
QUEERY: Sean Surla

Sean Surla, gay news, Washington Blade

Sean Surla (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)


The Capital Fringe Festival returns July 7-31 with more theater, dance, music, visual art and everything in between.

There’s always plenty of LGBT content each year, but this year’s 60-minute solo performance dubbed “75 Lezbos, 2 Trannies, 1 Pannie, Me & Me Too!” by Sean Surla staring Corin Andrade, is one of the gayest. Lead character Me thought love was forever but after experiencing tremendous pain and loss, she turns to Me Too for understanding.

Surla had dabbled in playwrighting when she wrote several efforts for her family members on their milestone occasions, but this is her first public play.

“My dream was to be a film director a la Woody Allen,” she says. “When I didn’t get into an environmental Ph.D. program a year ago, I told myself I would finally write, direct and produce a play. I finally gave myself permission.”

It runs July 8, 10, 14. 15, 21 and 23. Tickets are $17. Times and locales vary. Details at capitalfringe.org.

Surla works as a landscape architect by day and as a playwright/director in her free time. The 56-year-old Takoma Park, Md., native has lived here most of her adult life. She’s single and enjoys drawing, archery, rock climbing and chess in her free time.
 
 
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?

I came out to my mom at 15. She said she could tell that I had crushes on girls when I was young and that she read up on having gay children to be supportive. Maybe it’s been not easy telling some bosses.
 
 
Who’s your LGBT hero?

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas — devoted, loving, cutting edge artistic couple; avant-garde writer, art collectors, ahead of their time. Or Romaine Brooks, another ahead-of-her-time lesbian/artist.
 
 
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?

The Lincoln Memorial and the Mall at night.
 
 
Describe your dream wedding?

Outside in nature, family and friends, great food, music, a wonderful party.
 
 
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

Saving our environment and what’s left of nature.
 
 
What historical outcome would you change?

The dominance of gas cars over electric at the turn of the 20th century, among a million other things!
 
 
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?

Armstrong walking on the moon.

On what do you insist?

I insist on honesty, although I rarely get it.
 
 
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

Our premiere of “75 Lezbos, 2 Trannies, 1 Pannie, Me & MeToo.”
 
 
If your life were a book, what would the title be?

“The Cause of Consciousness”
 
 
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?

I’d become pan sexual to fully experience and appreciate the man’s perspective, plus I’d have no end of partner choices. I crave abundance.
 
 
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?

Love
 
 
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

Keep doing the great job you’re doing making change! Don’t ever stop. You are all an inspiration for perseverance in the face of failure/despair! I love you for it!
 
 
What would you walk across hot coals for?

My daughter and loved ones, but mostly my daughter.
 
 
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

That it’s a choice.
 
 
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

“Alien”
 
 
What’s the most overrated social custom?

Small talk
 
 
What trophy or prize do you most covet?

Nobel Peace Prize or Oscar.
 
 
What do you wish you’d known at 18?

To be more discerning picking my love partners, before having sex with them. To be sure of their character, honesty, self-awareness, ability to communicate and grow. I still wish I knew innately my ability to make things change and happen.
 
 
Why Washington?

It’s the most beautiful city in the world. Especially the Mall, L’Enfant’s design (not Montgomery Mall), the green space, monuments, you can’t beat the free museums, culture, 13-story building height limit for the panoramic (and phallic) sensual views anywhere else in the world. Stunning!

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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