I curated Little Theatre at Dixon Place for HOT! Come see the work of 5 amazing artists! by Casey Llewellyn

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 7:30pmGet 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.

Come tonight!

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.

created and performed by Princess Carter

Are you ready to be entertained?

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

I Am Bleeding All Over the Place! This June! Collaboration with Brooke O'Harra! by Casey Llewellyn

I'm co-writing a piece with Brooke O'Harra that she conceived, and I'm really excited about! It runs June 16-26th at La Mama, and it's part of ongoing project exploring The Audience. The cast and team are amazing! Erin Courtney, Kristin Kosmas and Heidi Schreck wrote scenes for it. Brendan Connelly made the music for it. Becca Blackwell, Jane Bradley, Hye Young Chyun, Sharon Hayes, Laryssa Husiak, Anna Kohler, Zavé Martohardjono, Greg Merhten, Alexander Paris, and Tanya Selvaratnam are acting in it! 

Buy tickets and read more about the project here!

Support the show happening and everybody getting paid here!

Brooke's words:

"As a director, I think about the audience a lot. Wondering what they're thinking, wishing they would do different things, come somewhere else with me, the tour is part of a continued attempt to collaborate with the audience in a direct way to understand the nature of the relationship at the heart of performance and make something new together. Take the tour.

"I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour is presented by La Mama E.T.C. and premiers this June – very soon! …A Living History Tour is the latest component of an ongoing project called: I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in Directing or Nine Encounters Between Me and You. Delving into the emotional landscape of everyday conflict, this work examines how gender and sexuality, narrative and story, conflict and resolution, relate and come to form in the dynamic space between the audience and the performer."

Interview in The Brooklyn Rail about O, Earth by Casey Llewellyn

I talked to playwright Susan Soon He Stanton for an interview in The Brooklyn Rail. It was a great conversation! 

"Rail: Something that strikes me in your writing and in your performance art is your relationship with theatricality and intimacy.

Llewellyn: I think those are the things I care about. Maybe they are one thing. Theater is intimacy. I’m obsessed with the audience. I’m obsessed with being in a room together, and being in a group in a room together with whatever a play or a theater experience is—or a work of art that is physicalized. It’s connected to everything to me. This art is something that can only be experienced when we breathe all the same air in the same room. The relationship with the audience is what makes theatricality. If you are in an audience, you want something to happen to you. I don’t want to watch someone else’s story. I’m obsessed with where the audience is in the story and what their experience is. I don’t just want to tell a story and have other people witness it. I’m trying to create work that will allow people go through an experience together."

Read the full interview here.


O, Earth is a Time Out New York Critic's Pick! by Casey Llewellyn

"One of the loveliest things—in an absolute avalanche of lovely things—about Casey Llewellyn's wide-ranging piece is her title. In calling it O, Earth, Llewellyn quotes from the end of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, when Emily's overwhelmed spirit exclaims, “Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.” This is not so surprising; Llewellyn's postmodern pop-threnody takes Wilder's masterpiece as its matter and prime mover. But the playwright also reflects the fragment through a prism. Written in just that dropped-h way, Llewellyn's title also harkens to Jeremiah (“O, earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord”); say the phrase, you hear the echoes. Llewellyn hides an encompassing lamentation in the words that even Wilder, past master of heartbreak, didn't amplify.

Is that a lot to pin on a title? Not if you see the play itself, which is confident, lyrical, hilarious, unabashedly literate and unapologetically political. It also holds the Wilder text as gently as a robin's egg." --Helen Shaw

Wow! Thanks Helen Shaw for this amazing review! Read the whole thing here. And get your tickets before they're gone! 

Interview with Adam Szymkowicz on for his "I Interview Playwrights" blog by Casey Llewellyn

Check out the interview here! Excerpt about O, Earth below: 

"Q:  Tell me about O, Earth.

A:  O, Earth is an exploration of what we're doing here living on earth. It started with reckoning with the theatrical and cultural inheritance of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and takes up many of his themes and concerns while incorporating my own. The characters in the play are concerned with happiness, justice, themselves, each other, their and others' place in the world. I am concerned in the play with the being here-ness and being here together-ness of theater and life (the play will also be at HERE!), so in the play very strange combination of iconic characters reckon with this (ghosts and living people, characters and real people). Part of what I'm interested in is how specificity and universality are represented in theater, and the real consequences of representation and visibility. We each experience life from a singular perspective, so O, Earth is a bunch of very different characters’ engagement with the universal experiences we all share: everyday life, love, and death. Something else specific that I am grappling with in the play is this current moment in gay/queer/trans politics and history in which some of us (white, cisgendered, middle class or rich gay or queer people) have been invited to join the mainstream in the form of unprecedented access to privilege (cultural acceptance, marriage, jobs, visibility, etc.), while issues that affect members of the queer/trans/gay community with less privilege disproportionately have been deprioritized in gay politics (trans and gender non-conforming peoples’ rights, racial justice, de-criminalization of sex work, housing for youth, police profiling, etc.). Even though the most marginalized members of our community are responsible for much of the resistance that has allowed us to get here. Vastly different experiences, access, and choices in the “community” have changed our sense of “our” since people fought together under the banner of gay rights in the last century. So I am thinking about that too. And it’s funny."

Tickets on Sale Now for O, Earth! $15 in 2015! by Casey Llewellyn

Get your tickets now for O, EARTH!

Performances January 23rd-February 20th, 2016

O, Earth

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