The Riot Group’s Sophie Gets the Horns
Saturday, May 12th 8p
My friend Drew is in this company, but even before I met him in grad school, I liked their work (as did Tony Kushner—he was at the performance of Switch Triptych E and I attended many years ago). The first part of their last piece, Freedom Club, was a chilling exploration of John Wilkes Booth in the months leading up to his assassination of Lincoln. The second part, which showed the inner workings of a loony militant pro-choice underground group of radical activists, was less successful, though the performances, as always, were quite good. This piece is set in a liberal arts college in the mid-1990s, so I hope it will allow me to descend further into my 90s nostalgia.
Incubator Art’s Project
131 E10th St.
New York, NY 10026
Elevator Repair Service’s Arguendo
Thursday, May 17th 9p followed by a talk-back with Jeffrey Toobin
As much as Gatz will remain one of top theatre going experiences of all time, I am glad to see that ERS is moving away from the “performing great American novels thing,” and I am excited about this work-in-progress showing. With Arguendo, they are staying true to their mission of performing seemingly unperformable texts, in this case staging the proceedings of Barnes v. Glen Theatre, a Supreme Court case that debated whether live erotic dancing is protected under the First Amendment right to free speech.
The Bushwick Starr
207 Starr Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Dynasty Handbag’s Eternal Quadrangle
Friday, May 18th 7p followed by a reception
I wrote about her multimedia “holiday special,” Brothers and Sisters and Motherfuckers for a conference last year, and her work will be a part of my dissertation. She is an incredibly versatile performer whose one-woman shows are hilarious and utterly queer. As madcap and grotesque as her performances are, however, I find them to be strangely beautiful and somehow affirming. I am not sure if this is a film or a combination of film and live performance, as Brothers and Sisters was, but I look forward to seeing what she has been up to between rehearsals for Troilus and Cressida with Wooster.
The New Museum
New York, NY 10002
Banana, Bag, and Bodice’s Space/Space
Thursday, June 21st 8p
Although I don’t think of this group as necessarily queer (they are probably best known for their rock opera Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage, which I will forever kick myself for not seeing) I saw this piece at the Ice Factory Festival a few years ago, and it involves an interesting performance of masculinity. I would love to see how it has developed, and I am thinking of requiring my summer Intro to Theatre students to see and write about it.
146 Metropolitan Ave. (Berry St.)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
Good Year For Hunters
By Jess Barbagallo and Chris Giarmo
Part of Ice Factory 2012
Saturday, June 30th 7p and drinks afterwards at Aria
Jess is a member of two of my favorite groups (and dissertation subjects), Half Straddle and the Dyke Division of the Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf. In addition to being an utterly captivating performer, she is a wonderful writer who is responsible for some of my favorite episodes of Room For Cream. Chris does music for Half Straddle and plays in the fabulous Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts. In further evidence that 90s nostalgia is sweeping the city, this “darkly comedic” piece was inspired by Tori Amos’s 1992 Little Earthquakes. If all this wasn’t reason enough to go see it, the performance features Becca Blackwell, a fantastic actor who starred as my beloved butch Dire in Room for Cream, and who was one of the best parts of Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show in January.
154 Christopher Street
in the Archive Building
Greenwich Street and Washington Street
Drinks and Discussion:
Aria Wine Bar
117 Perry St
(between Hudson St & Greenwich St)