OMG so thrilled to be in Minneapolis on a Jerome Fellowship at The Playwrights’ Center with amazing co-fellows Marvin González de León, Philana Imade Omorotionmwan, Haygen-Brice Walker & Sofya Levitsky-Weitz. I am learning so much about playwriting and friendship with these amazing writers. Also, The Playwrights’ Center is such an incredible, deep, ethical institution. I am so excited to be be able to learn from the amazing staff there and all the other writers involved. I’ll be developing my new play Foundation in a reading and a workshop there in 2019.
I'm featured along a lot of great playwrights in Jody Christopherson's photography and sound project, Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project. Ren Evans and I read an excerpt from O, Earth and Jody took my picture in Prospect Park! I went to the opening at Dixon Place, and it was interesting and great to hear plays as an audio experience. Hopefully the absence of staging of the voices of female playwrights that Jody is calling attention to with this project will not be one soon.
You can listen to the excerpt here.
I had the honor of curating the HOT! Festival edition of Little Theatre at Dixon Place. The show is this coming Monday, July 11th at 7:30pm! Get your tickets now for this auspicious coming together of queer and trans brilliance!
Fresh off a reading of his CROOKED PARTS at National Black Theatre, visionary playwright Azure D. Osborne-Lee presents new work! Recently seen at Everybooty, Queer Memoir, and as Sylvia Rivera in O, EARTH, genius of storytelling that creates space for us all, Cecilia Gentili has something real, hilarious and life-affirming for us! If you cannot wait for another experience of Nia Witherspoon's brilliance after her gorgeous play THE MESSIAH COMPLEX at BRIC recently or if you missed it, this is your chance. This is your night! The one and only Queen Princess Carter will floor you with her channeling, her moves, and the raw power of her performance! This femme will be taking notes! And while we've all been here wondering what our lives are in 2016, Virginia Grise has been all over the country with her work while still making time for the book club where I got to know and love her. She's opening a show SHE-SHE-SHE at ICE Factory later this month, and she'll be showing a bit of a show she premiered earlier this year on Monday, YOUR HEALING IS KILLING ME. We all need this. I am SO EXCITED by the work of these incredible artists! I hope you can join us for this one-night-only HOT! Festival specialness.
YOUR HEALING IS KILLING ME
written and performed by Virginia Grise
directed by Emily Mendelsohn
One artist’s reflection on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, near-blindness, ansia, testosterone and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings, the master cleanse, and kickstarter funded self-care. Based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, and bourgie dermatologists. Part performance, part lecture, part therapy (cuz her insurance doesn't cover it) this performance manifesto is unprocessed, gluten and guilt free. Because Capitalism is toxic and The Revolution is not in your body butter.
new work by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Q: What's the difference between rabbits and hares?
A: Who picks up the pieces when a virus runs amok.
by Cecilia Gentili
Originally from Argentina, Cecilia worked at the LGBT Center, Apicha CHC and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at GMHC. She was a contributor to Trans Bodies Trans Selves and is a board member at Translatina Network. That's for work. For fun, she acts sometimes and loves doing storytelling events where she talks about her life experiences and she cooks amazing brunches for her friends on the weekends. She is very passionate about advocating for her community, and mostly for transgender women with a Latino background, sex work history, drug use and incarceration history.
THE BEAUTY OF PRINCESS CARTER
created and performed by Princess Carter
Are you ready to be entertained?
A READING from SHE
by Nia Witherspoon
performed by Tanisha Thompson, Kirya Traber & Nia O. Witherspoon
All this and more on
Monday, July 11, 2016 — 7:30 p.m.
@ Dixon Place
161A Chrystie btw. Delancey & Rivington
(F/V 2nd Ave; 6 Bleecker; JMZ Bowery)
Tickets $18 @ the door but just $15 online, in advance
(http://dixonplace.org/performances/little-theater-at-dixon-place/); students & seniors $12
1st come, 1st served, no reservations ('less you buy yr. tix online)
For more information, call (212) 219-0736, or browse www.dixonplace.org
Get your tickets now for O, EARTH!
Performances January 23rd-February 20th, 2016
By Casey Llewellyn
Directed by Dustin Wills
Moe Angelos, Jess Barbagallo, Ato Blankson-Wood, Emily Davis, Cecilia Gentili, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Tommy Heleringer, Mizz June, Martin Moran, and Kristen Sieh.
Portia DeRossi stares into the soft light of her refrigerator and wonders if she’ll ever be truly happy; Our Town’s Emily and George venture into the unknown; Thornton Wilder digs in search of a time capsule he buried under the stage long ago; Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are jettisoned from the world of the dead, curious to discover what’s happened in the world they left..
O, Earth floods the stage with a panorama of characters from gay popular culture, theatre history, and radical New York City, to ask how we live as ourselves and in communion with others. An interrogation of the "universal," Casey Llewellyn's epic play imagines the boundless possibilities within everyone, every day.
2015 Ticket Discount is $15, if you buy them in 2015, for the first 15 performances!
Use code: 15for15
We're cast! OMG! These people are SO beautiful.
Cast of O, Earth from left to right: Moe Angelos (Ellen Degeneres), Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Stage Manager), Martin Moran (Thornton Wilder), Kristen Sieh (Emily), Tommy Heleringer (Duncan), Jess Barbagallo (George), Emily Davis (Portia De Rossi), Cecilia Gentili (Sylvia Rivera), and Mizz June (Marsha P. Johnson). And Ato Blankson-Wood was out of town when this picture was taken, but he's playing Spencer.
I'm so in love with these amazing artists!
The Creative Team and Crew are also amazing! Dustin Wills is directing, Kate Attwell and The Foundry Theatre are everything, Adam Rigg is designing the set, Montana Blanco is designing the costumes, Barbara Samuels is designing the lights, Raphael Mishler is designing the props and Janie Bullard is designing the sound! Amanda Feldman is the Line Producer, Jeff Drucker is the Production Manager, Nicole Marconi is the Production Stage Manager and Andrea Berkey is the Assistant Stage Manager!
Next Saturday at 8pm, I'm reading along with many other great readers, musicians, and performers in the beautiful garden, Le Petit Versailles, in my favorite summer reading series curated by Stephen Boyer, Summer Nights on Jupiter. It's free! Here's the link to the fbook event page.
Other artists performing (get excited!):
Jacqueline Mary, Gio BlackPeter, Che Gossett, Phoebe Glick, Sade Martha Mary Murphy, Jasmine Gibson, Kembra Pfahler and possibly more T.B.A.
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
346 East Houston St @ Ave C, New York, New York 10009
On Tuesday, I'm reading in my hero Dia Felix's reading series in the lounge at Dixon Place with Vi Khi Nao. If you have not ever seen Vi Khi Nao read, she will change your life. Come be with us!
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2015
161A Christie St.
between Rivington and Delancy