Written by Aurin Squire (2014-2016 BAX Artist in Residence)
Directed by David Mendizábal
Staged and Choreographed by Antwayn Hopper
Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, 2016 @ 8:00pm
Tickets: $16 General, $10 Low Income [Purchase Tickets]
Cruising, political ranting, church testifying, pornography, twerking, and multimedia faggotry come together in “The Gospel According to F#ggots.” The experimental choreographed poem dives into the personal lives and 21st century fears of queer people of color. Conceived of in multiple parts as a church pageant play, this first volume’s theme is “Lost in the Wilderness.”
Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and reporter. He is two-time recipient of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center and is a 2015 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Squire has received fellowships and residencies at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Lab, National Black Theatre, the Dramatists Guild of America, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. His 2014 political satire OBAMA-OLOGY was workshopped in at the Juilliard New Play Festival before becoming a critically-acclaimed, sold-out hit at Finborough Theatre in London. OBAMA-OLOGY also received a school production at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015 and was published by Oberon Books. In 2016 he returned to Finborough with his dramedy DON’T SMOKE IN BED which received positive reviews, and sold-out crowds. His dark comedy TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN won New York LGBT theatre awards for best play, best playwright, and best actor before being optioned and remounted off-broadway to critical acclaim at the ArcLight Theatre and was published by Original Works Publishing. Squire’s drama FREEFALLING was first produced at Barrington Stages before going on to win first prize at InspiraTO Theatre’s International Play Festival, and receive the Fiat Lux Prize from New York’s Catholic Church. His gay rights drama ARTICLE 119-1 was produced throughout Germany, Canada, Italy, and in the United States.
As a reporter he has written for The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, ESPN, Talking Points Memo, FUSION, and many other publications around the country. As a screenwriter Squire penned Dreams of Freedom, the multimedia installation video about Jewish immigrants in the 20th century for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Dreams won 3 national museum awards and is in the permanent exhibit at NMAJH.
He has been a guest artist and lecturer at Gettysburg College, Malloy College, and New School University. His plays have been produced at venues like Abingdon Theatre, ArcLight Theatre, Ars Nova, Barrington Stage Company, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Cherry Lane, Lincoln Center Lab, National Hispanic Cultural Center. He lives in New York City where he works as a staff writer for the upcoming CBS political dramedy “BrainDead.”
David Mendizábal is a director, designer, and Producing Artistic Leader of The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. At The Movement he conceived and directed Look Upon Our Lowliness by Harrison David Rivers, and directed the North-American premiere of Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé, translated by Chantal Bilodeau. Upcoming projects include And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers with collaborators Kia LaBeija and DJ Byrell the Great (Drama League Next Stage Residency). Additional directing credits include: Locusts Have No King by J. Julian Christopher (INTAR), Wayward by Steve DiUbaldo (LSTFI), AT BUFFALO by Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Joshua Williams, Khalil Sullivan (NYMF, CAP21), EVENSONG by Christina Quintana (American Nightcap), ASHÉ by Ricardo Pérez González (UP). He is on the Steering Committee of the Latina/o Theatre Commons, Associate Producer for The Sol Project, and co-founder of La Co-Operativa. Alumni of NALAC Leadership Institute, Andrew W. Mellon Artistic Leader Fellow, The Drama League Director’s Project, The Civilian’s R&D Group, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble. B.F.A. NYU/Tisch. www.davidmendizabal.com
Antwayn Hopper is very stoked to be making his debut at BAX-this spring! Choreographically speaking he was the resident choreographer for the inaugural season for Exit, Pursued By A Bear (EPBB) with the “Vogued-Down Hit:” HOUSE OF LEAR starring Billy Porter as Mother Lear and Jason Williams’ AROK OF JAVA. Also, thru a partnership with the School of Drama, CMU and Ms. Judith Jamison, he adapted Alvin Aileys acclaimed Ballet of REVELATIONS in Pittsburgh, PA. His work has also been seen at Irondale Theatre for COLOR BETWEEN THE LINES as well as Marymount Manhattan High Schools’ Annual HARAMBE (2016). At NYTW under the direction of Tina Landau, he choreographed the hip-hop militant dance for the Wormley Brothers as well as the “Tap Dance” in CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS starring Alice Ripley. At Syracuse Stage he served as Associate Choreographer for RENT. At CMU he choreographed his senior show musical SIDE SHOW as well as assisted John Carraffa on URINETOWN!
NY: Hud/us, HAIR (Broadway); NY premiere of UNCIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS (NYTW); Gideon in the world premiere of LESSER MERCIES (EPBB); YEAST NATION (Best Show ’13-NYIFF); SHOW BOAT (Carnegie Hall);ROLLER DERBY:The Musical (NYMF). and originated Robert E. Lee last summer at the Adirondack Theatre Festival in The UnCivil War Musical!
Film/TV: Kristen Wiigs’ GIRL MOST LIKELY, THE BLACKLIST (CBS), A GIFTED MAN (CBS), THE ROYAL PAINS (USA) and BORED TO DEATH (HBO). He will serve as movement director for Habitat Theatre’s upcoming production of HARRY AND THE THEIF as well as working on the film IN THE CITY OF SHY HUNTERS, based off the Tom Spanbauer NY Times’ best-selling novel. He can be seen in the Steven Soderberg drama THE KNICK as Woodson (Recurring). Lastly, he is set to appear as a recurring role in VYNL on HBO this fall! BFA-School of Drama, CMU. PRAISE GOD!