In A Letter to My Ex, the musical, Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell tells stories of love, loss, and intimacy. Following the 2018 release of her album “Queer Love Songs”, Steadwell brings her album to life through theater and performance. A Letter to My Ex is a collage of music, movement, and film, narrating one character’s journey through the ups and downs of love.
The piece is presented through a series of letters to an ex. Each letter coupled with a song. Each moment, a reflection on the process of grieving the loss of love and learning to move on. A letter to my ex explores self-love, addiction, twerking, sex, life, and death through the lens of a heartbroken queer black woman.
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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.
As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received awards at film festivals around the world, including Black Star, QWOCMAP, and Fringe Fest UK. This year, Issa Rae Featured vow of Silence in her Short Film sundays program. After receiving a BA at Oberlin College, Be completed her MFA in film at Howard University in 2014.
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