March-april 2018 Performances
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.