The Gospel According to F#aggots — e-program

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

Performed By
James Edward Becton
John Andrew Morrison
Ricardo Peréz González
Kevaughn Harvey
Donnell E. Smith

Special Thanks: Venerable Lobsang Chunzom, Stanley Squire, 
Yvonne Squire, Piper Squire. Zi Alikhan, Israel Gutierrez, Joey Lozado, Sean Caraval, Chad Carstaphen, Jason C. Brown, Emma Rivera, 
Fernando Maneca, and Marya Warshaw

ABOUT THE WORK

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.”

Artists Bios

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 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 Ailey’s 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!

JAMES EDWARD BECTON, a graduate of Niagara University and product of Stella Adler, is honored to be working on this fascinating project with Aurin, et al.  Keep an eye out for him in The Movement Theatre Company’s  www.themovementtheatrecompany.org/ ‘That’s My Jam Monologue Slam’ happening April 11th. James Edward experience in acting is as diverse as it is eclectic, so stop by www.JamesEdwardBecton.com to see what he’s been up to. James Edward is quite pleased, excited, and grateful to work with this talented cast. Enjoy.

RICARDO PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ (MFA, NYU Tisch) is a performer and playwright. Writing credits: In Fields Where They Lay (“gripping” and “moving drama,” NY Times), The Tender Peel (Sundance Screenwriter’s Intensive, Sloan Foundation Grant), Separate & Equal (EWG at the Public Theater), Frontera (sci-fi pilot). Performing credits: Man of La Mancha, La Bohème, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Marat/Sade. Upcoming projects: a December remount of In Fields and a June 23rd reading of his play Ashé at Repertorio Español, directed by David Mendizábal.

KEVAUGHN HARVEY is a native New Yorker. He represents Brooklyn but was raised out in Queens. Stage Credits: Cymbeline, Miss Julie, Midsummer Nights Dream, All God’s Chillun Got Wings, Raisin in the Sun w/ the late Yolanda King, Bishop directed by Seret Scott. On camera:Stool Pigeons w/ watermelon smashing comedian Ghallager, Return of the Huxtables. Kevaughn can also be seen paying a likable dude/that black hipster kid in various commercials.  He’s a graduate of Cornell University and the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program.

JOHN-ANDREW MORRISON slays.

DONNELL E. SMITH: A creative force, with unprecedented passion, Donnell E Smith began cultivating his artistic expression at a young age, while growing up in Baltimore, MD.  Recording music enveloped his interests, long before acting claimed its rightful place in his soul.  From stage to film, he has worked under the direction of the acclaimed Phylicia Rashad, Jade King Carroll, Chris Burris – and more – and continues to uphold his mission to inspire the world and honor those who inspire him, everyday. Explore more at www.SmithDonnellE.com.