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 Eric Ulloa didn’t set out to stage the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. 

“All I knew was I was growing tired of complacency and frustrated by what was happening in the world and in our country,” the out playwright said.

 Just in time for the Academy Awards, a heartfelt short film is generating much buzz among LGBT audiences and critics.

 “Marguerite” is a French-language short about the friendship between an aging woman (the title character, played by Béatrice Picard) and her out lesbian nurse (played by Sandrine Bisson), whose conversations unearth a long-forgotten love story that helps the elderly patient make peace with her past.

 

Out alternative rocker Bob Mould is on the road with a new album, and a date in Philadelphia.

As an icon of alternative rock with bands like Hüsker Dü and Sugar to his credit, Mould said his latest release, “Sunshine Rock,” is an effort steer his sound and songwriting in a more positive direction than his prior albums.

  Nafessa Williams is taking her role as Thunder, the first black lesbian superhero character on television, to heart for the second season of “Black Lightning.”

  Williams plays the openly gay eldest daughter, Anissa. Much to the chagrin of her worried parents, Anissa as Thunder fights crime with her special power of increasing her density to render herself immovable and bulletproof.

 

When Philadelphia-born playwright Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing!” begins its run Jan. 23 with Mt. Airy’s Quintessence Theatre Group at The Sedgwick, it will be not only a show of 20th century theatrical, socio-conscious finesse and force, but also proof that Alexander Burns — the out, longtime artistic director of Quintessence — knows how to merge the ideals of classic theater of the past with the necessities of the present.

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