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Be Steadwell’s “A Letter to My Ex” Musical Returns


On Stage at Joe’s launches the season with queer pop star Be Steadwell’s musical hit

Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell returns to Mount Rainier, MD for a reprise of A Letter to My Ex – The Musical, a product of her February 2019 NextLOOK artist residency made possible by The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland and Joe’s Movement Emporium. Steadwell and her cast of queer women of color thread stories of love, loss, and intimacy though beautiful LGBTQ-affirming pop songs. Performances take place in the Meyer Performance Theater Thursday, September 19 - Sunday, September 22 at 8 pm and 4 pm at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD. Tickets can be purchased for $25 per person in advance online at


Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and affirming LGBTQ content.

In 2017, Be sang at The Women's March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band. The Astraea Global Arts Fund awarded Be a grant to produce her next album, "Queer Love Songs". In September, Be had the opportunity to open for Big Freedia at DC's Honeygroove Festival. The DC Commission in the Arts awarded Be the 2018 Artist Fellowship. Be is currently touring her music internationally.


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Established in 1995, Joe's Movement Emporium inspires creativity through cultural experiences supporting arts education, job training, and a creative community. Based in Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, Joe’s serves more than 75,000 visitors annually. Joe’s arts-based youth programs bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means. Through programs and productions in education, performing arts, and work readiness, Joe’s integrates progressive education, creativity, and youth development.

In 2016, Joe’s achieved the Standards of Excellence through the Maryland Association of Nonprofits, which validates and promotes our exemplary work in youth arts education programming. Additionally, Joe’s earned the highest possible rating through Maryland EXCELS (level 1) based upon nationally recognized quality standards and best practices. This rating allows Joe’s to receive state funds to expand our reach in providing high quality arts education to youth in our community.


JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM: Neena Narayanan, Marketing & Communications
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BE STEADWELL: Brenda Hayes
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