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MTV Personality Quinn Marcus Introduces 'Coming of Gay' Story on Tulane Stage

Quinn Marcus of MTV’s Girl Code will be performing her one-woman monologue, Chasing Ballerinas, on January 25 and 26 at Tulane University’s Lupin Theater.


Immediately following the performance will be a sneak peek of the independent film inspired by Marcus’ monologue, Alone With People, which she wrote and stars in.


With a regular spot on Girl Code and her own Quinnterviews show on MTVU, Marcus is cementing her presence in the MTV universe. But with the monologue, she's also looking to tell her stories in a live performance setting. The Tulane performances are designed as an introductory step toward preparing the show for a nationwide college tour.


Chasing Ballerinas is Marcus’ intimate story of growing up gay in the South. Her monologue shares stories about liking her sister’s friends, having awkward relationships with boyfriends and coming out to her parents in her hometown of Atlanta. But Marcus’ main theme hones in on the struggles she faced within herself.


“All my difficulty came from within me,” Marcus stated. It wasn’t other peoples’ acceptance or rejection that she was afraid because no one knew yet.


“My big thing was coming out," she said. "The only person that wasn’t really accepting me was me.”


Marcus worked with The NOLA Project director and producer Alex Ates to  bringing the monologue to the stage.


“I improvise a lot,” Marcus said, “so collaborating with Alex has turned it into more of a theater piece.”


This is Marcus’ second time performing the show, but will be the first time she is performing it with a touch of theater flair. She said Ates’ efforts haven't changed the heart of the work, and she is excited to bring it to the stage in New Orleans.


“The first time I did the show it was simple, but Alex has complicated it in a good way,” she said.


A preview of Alone With People, which will be shown after the monologue, is an adaptation of Marcus’ life as mapped out in Chasing Ballerinas. The film follows Andie, a high-school girl facing struggles while growing up gay in Georgia. Marcus said her goal is to put a positive perspective on a coming out story and let young people know they are not alone.  


“I was nervous at first. I’ve never been here before,” Marcus said, referring to New Orleans. But with New Orleans’ diverse audience, she admits this is a great place to do this show for the first time, which she hopes will set the stage for a national tour.  


While in New Orleans, Marcus and Ates will be visiting high schools talking to local community youth and different art classes around the city about theater, diversity and production. Ates acquired an apprentice team comprised of 8 high school students from Lusher and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Ates and Marcus have allowed the students to lend their own hand and voice into this one-woman show as well as experiencing the environment behind the scenes.


“We want to open this up to as many people as possible, especially young audiences,” said Ates. 


In order to encourage youth participation, there will be two pay-what-you-will shows on Friday only. Offer what you can, even if it’s just support.


Chasing Ballerinas will be performed at Tulane University’s Lupin Theatre (16 Newcomb Blvd. Dixon Annex) on January 25th and 26th with showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. both nights. Friday’s show is pay-what-you-will, and Saturday’s ticket prices vary with student rates available.


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