Gabe Maharjan and Rhiannon Collett. Photo: Laurence Philomene


By Rhiannon Collett

Isaac and Wasp meet at an abandoned church in the middle of the night. It’s an unlikely reunion: Wasp is a genderqueer revolutionary and Isaac is a punk turned abortion doctor. They have something in common – they’re both second generation survivors of a terrible tragedy. Angels, who look like giant wasps have been preying on their town, impregnating women on their 21st birthdays. Tonight is Wasp’s birthday and they aren’t going to go down without a fight, but things get complicated when Wasp’s lover Jayne shows up and extremely messy when Caroline, Isaac’s true believer girlfriend crashes the party. What does gender essentialism look like in the face of tragedy? How do we choose our destinies when they seem so predetermined?

"(Rhiannon Collett’s Wasp...) dreams of the lurid shapes resistance can take in a society where the forces of conformity are monstrously armed."

Daniel Karasik

Production Details

1 cis man

1 cis woman

1 non-binary person

1 trans woman

Trans roles are to be played by trans actors – cis roles can be played by anyone

80 minutes (no intermission)

By Rhiannon Collett

Production History

An excerpt of Wasp premiered at the 2019 Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Directed by Rhiannon Collett, featuring Cole Alvis, Robin Luckwaldt-Ross, Gabe Maharjan and Heath V. Salazar.

Commissioned and developed by Nightswimming as part of their 5×25 initiative, dedicated to kick-starting the careers of 5 artists born in the year 1995.

Robin Luckwaldt & Heath V Salazar. Photo: Connie Tsang

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