Summer 2018 Showings

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A Kind of Weather

June 23, 12pm. CTG's LA Writers' Workshop Festival presents the first major LA reading of my play about a trans guy whose father shows up unannounced and asks to move in.  The day-long festival also features work by LAWW members Dan O'Brien and Zakiyyah Alexander. Should be an exciting event!

Tix and info here. Workshop directed by Eric Hoff featuring Sam Anderson, Jasika Nicole, Scott Turner Schofield, Rodney To, and Sandra Tsing Loh. All are welcome! 

Trainers 

July 14, TBA. Workshop directed by Mikaal Sulaiman. The first ensemble cast exploration of this previously single-voiced text. Can't wait to mess around with this. Please join mailing list for updates and see below for info on the project.

 
 

Recent Performances, 2018

 Photo by Leah Mesh-Ferguson at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep

Photo by Leah Mesh-Ferguson at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep

TRAINERS

Part essay and part play, my newest project Trainers follows a struggling writer who falls in with a group of depressed queer revolutionaries during a future civil war. Based on an essay by Montaigne and the story of his intellectual love affair with political thinker Etienne de la Boetie, the text explores what it takes to challenge the politics of one's time. I will present Trainers for a public audience at Duke University's Ruby Lounge as part of a Rosati Fellowship at the Rubinstein Library.  Duke University, Rubinstein Arts Center Studio 102, Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm. 

 Jerome Ellis performs his original score for High Winds in front of an image by Jessica Fleischmann. Photo by Gema Galiana.

Jerome Ellis performs his original score for High Winds in front of an image by Jessica Fleischmann. Photo by Gema Galiana.

HIGH WINDS

Monday, April 2 at 7:30pm in New York, Jerome Ellis and I will perform High Winds, a kind of psychedelic bedtime story for adults. It follows a trans guy whose insomnia sparks a fantastical search for his estranged half- brother through hallucinatory desert landscapes. Gas stations, local legends, and unlikely rock formations become terrain for explorations of fear, fantasy, masculinity, and Americana. Graphic designer Jessica Fleischmann's visuals and a live electro-acoustic score performed by Jerome Ellis set an otherworldly tone. Directed by Ellie Heyman. Ticket link coming soon!

 

Announcing...

HIGH WINDS in Performance

This fall my artistic team and I presented three performances in two cities of my artists' book, High Winds, with images by Jessica Fleischmann. Jerome Ellis performed his live score. Direction by Ellie Heyman, projection design by Shawn Duan. Our huge thanks to Abrons Arts Center (NY) and the LAX Festival (LA) for hosting us! And of course, to X Artists' Books for publishing us in the first place!

These shows were designed to explore the idea of turning the book into a performance. We are now looking for future development opportunities to build and refine the show. 

 Performance at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Los Angeles as part of LAX Festival, 2017, produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice. 

Performance at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Los Angeles as part of LAX Festival, 2017, produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice. 

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High Winds in print. 

I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of the new book I created with designer Jessica Fleischmann. High Winds is an art book in a genre I'm calling "western phantasmagoria." It's a bedtime book for adults based on my experiences with insomnia, gender transition, and moving to Los Angeles. Huge thanks to X Artists' Books for welcoming me into their family!  Buy the book here and join my mailing list for news about upcoming events (there's gonna be a bunch in LA and a special surprise for NYC).

 Spread from  High Winds.  Text by Sylvan Oswald. Image by Jessica Fleischmann of  still-room .

Spread from High Winds. Text by Sylvan Oswald. Image by Jessica Fleischmann of still-room.


Recent News

Trainers, or the brutal unpleasant atmosphere of this most disagreeable season.

My new piece is a theatrical essay about falling off a horse and a tale of infatuation among a group of depressed revolutionaries. It's based on an essay by Montaigne and the story of his intellectual love affair with political thinker Etienne de la Boetie. I had the chance to work on it this summer with director Meiyin Wang and designer Aubree Lynn at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor. I'll be working on building this show in Los Angeles throughout 2017-18 thanks to a generous Hellman Fellowship from UCLA. 

 Photo by Leah Mesh-Ferguson from the showing at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, June 2017.

Photo by Leah Mesh-Ferguson from the showing at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, June 2017.

OUTTAKES gets syndicated!

Great news for our little web series about transmasculine identity, now joining the esteemed ranks of the incredible artists at the new platform Open TV. Check out both seasons in just 2 binge-tastic reels. Photos above by Allyson Lupovich featuring the Open TV home page, the chins of Avi Glickstein and Becca Blackwell, and myself and BB.