SUBMERGE | It Is Our Duty to Spit: a tqpoc take-over

Curated by J Mase III

Directed by Dan Fishback

Presented by
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Helix Queer Performance Network & awQward


Saturday, November 7 at 8:00pm | Sunday, November 8 at 6:00pm

Tickets: General $16 | Low-Income $10 [BUY TICKETS]

No revolution can exist without art. Despite consistent erasure in the media and mainstream world, trans & queer artists of color have been the genius behind many a social justice movement. Featuring a handful of artists from awQward, the first TQPOC specific talent agency, this show will utilize poetry, movement, humor and percussion as it takes its audience through a whirlwind of performance and collective consciousness. Ashley Phillips, Timothy DuWhite, Vita E, Chelsea Shorte, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi & DreamWolf will create a transformative experience you may not be ready for, but you most certainly need.

This work is supported by an Exploration grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to Brooklyn Arts Exchange Inc. for the Building Demand for the Performing Arts Program and the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation.

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About the Director

DAN FISHBACK has been writing and performing in New York City since 2003, with a body of work in experimental and musical theater, punk rock, twee-pop, and monologue-based solo performance, all characterized by his overt, radical politics and surreal sense of humor. Fishback is also the director of the Helix Queer Performance Network, a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Helix is committed to supporting and celebrating diverse queer performance communities across age, race, gender and class; as director, Fishback curates a wide variety of public programming, including the annual performance series La MaMa’s SQUIRTS.

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About the Curator

J Mase III is a black/trans/queer poet based in NYC. A blogger for the Huffington Post he is author of “If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around” as well as “And Then I Got Fire: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment and Inapproporiate Jokes About Death.” As an educator, J Mase has worked with thousands of community members in the US, the UK and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as k-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities among others. He is the founder of the international performance tour Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement and is the Founder of awQward, the first ever trans & queer people of color specific talent agency.

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About the Artists

Timothy DuWhite | Through mistakes, short-comings, and failures Timothy DuWhite has been able to fashion himself a body of work that speaks directly to the value of transparency as well as self-accountability. Timothy’s work has been featured at the United Nations, Apollo Theater, San Diego State University, Nuyorican Poet’s cafe, as well as many other places. Timothy believes that by sharing our individual experiences and maintaining a dialogue of honesty amongst ourselves we can better navigate this behemoth we call life.

Chelsea Shorte | Originally from Richmond, VA, Chelsea discovered comedy as a way to stave off the boredom of being a beautiful twenty-something. Since first taking the stage as a stand up in early 2011, she has flourished in the local DC stand up comedy scene, playing venues like the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, and the Kennedy Center. Her material ranges from riffs on the low bar for allyship to dating or even pythons in the Everglades.

DreamWolf | Partnered in Love and Art, Jendog Lonewolf & YaliniDream joined forces in 2011 to commemorate lives lost to police brutality. Rooted in ending the full continuum of violence and exploitation from the intimate to the global, from the street to the state, DreamWolf invokes a masterful collision of Hip Hop, poetry, theater & dance in their collaborative work, Above Street Level.  DreamWolf has performed internationally in Africa, Asia, and North America, shared stages with icons like Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harry Belafonte, and Joan Baez, facilitated workshops in ‘hoods from townships to resettlement villages, and performed at elite institutions such as Stanford and Harvard.

Ashley Phillips is a singer/songwriter/guitarist steeped in the tradition of Soul music. She describes her sound as APSoul: acoustic guitar led, soulful and spiritual storytelling that is both universal and timeless. As a vocalist, her pure tone dances between light and lyrical, earnest and compelling. Her often percussive and rhythm-driven guitar playing creates a full sound that adds depth and supports the delicacy of her delivery.

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi | An actor, singer, dancer and writer she began producing her own cabarets at the age of seventeen and made her New York cabaret Debut at Don’t Tell Mama’s in 2011. A Poet, and advocate for Trans Voices in the arts she became the first Trans Woman of Color in DC published author of a work of fiction, Yemaya’s Daughters.



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