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X-ID REP :: New Museum Performance Residency

Friday, October 2nd, 2015



This Just In!  I have been invited to share the SPACE with a roster of incredible talents for the New Museum’s X-ID Rep Performance Repertory! I am so honored and excited to get into the room with these folks.


From the New Museum’s Website:

Working within a pop-up repertory theater model, X-ID REP is a research-driven enterprise designed to examine the shifting ethical boundaries surrounding intercultural cross-play on contemporary American stages. The project brings together a group of directors and playwrights recognized for their diverse approaches to staging across various identifications of class, race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability, among others. These artists will cast a resident company of actors with whom they will collaborate to develop material that further highlights a spectrum of approaches to the topic. Their rehearsal-based research will unfold in a studio environment that will be open to the public at set times and will culminate in a performance presentation of their findings. Operating from various positions of agency and privilege, the members of X-ID REP will collectively examine the constructs of staging intercultural cross-identifications while directing our attention to the social conditions from which these constructs emerge and persist, perniciously or otherwise.

Participating Artists
Becca Blackwell: Actor
Lileana Blain-Cruz: Director
Kirk Wood Bromley: Playwright
Drae Campbell: Actor
Youree Jong Choi: Actor
Jackie Sibblies Drury: Playwright
Kareem Fahmy: Director
Mikeah Jennings: Actor
MJ Kaufman: Playwright
JJ Lind: Director
Gregg Mozgala: Actor
Aya Ogawa: Playwright
Niegel Smith: Director
Alexandra Tatarsky: Actor
Saori Tsukada: Actor
Amelia Workman: Actor

Schedule of Events
September 20, 2015: Company Auditions
October 26–31, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Kareem Fahmy
November 2–7, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director JJ Lind
November 16–21, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Lileana Blain-Cruz
December 16–21, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Niegel Smith
January 8–9, 2016: Performance Presentation

X-ID REP is organized by Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance and Manager of Public Programs.


Artist residencies and commissions are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artists Commissions Fund and by Laurie Wolfert.

Education and Public Engagement programs are made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation. Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Am I colored?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

A cool shot from Wu Tsang’s blog!

Love you Wu!

Photo: Wu Tsang

Disobedient, Mutinous, Enfants Terribles: “The UnGovernables” The New Museum Triennial

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

I was fortunate enough to finally work with the talented conceptual video artist Wu Tsang on a piece titled “Full Body Quotation” last November at the New Museum for Performa 2011.

The piece was filmed in 1 take on a 12min, 16mm reel (talk about gettin’ your performance game on point!).  “Full Body Quotation” is currently being exhibited as part of the New Museum’s Triennial: The Ungovernables.

Here is a bit of information about the exhibition from the New Museum’s site.

“The 2012 New Museum Triennial will feature thirty-four artists, artist groups, and temporary collectives—totaling over fifty participants—born between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, many of whom have never before exhibited in the US.

The exhibition title, “The Ungovernables,” takes its inspiration from the concept of “ungovernability” and its transformation from a pejorative term used to describe unruly “natives” to a strategy of civil disobedience and self-determination. “The Ungovernables” is meant to suggest both anarchic and organized resistance and a dark humor about the limitations and potentials of this generation.

“The Ungovernables” is an exhibition about the urgencies of a generation who came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Through both materials and form, works included in “The Ungovernables” explore impermanence and an engagement with the present and future. Many of the works are provisional, site-specific, and performative reflecting an attitude of possibility and resourcefulness.”

For more information about The UnGovernables 2012 New Museum Triennial click here

“The Ungovernables” 2012 New Museum Triennial will be on display February 15th, 2012 – April  22nd, 2012.




Full Body Quotation by Wu Tsang for Performa 2011 at The New Museum

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

WOW, it is absolutely bonkers crazy time right now for me!  Not that I’m complaining, but the dogs are barking and the jumping sheep are getting restless with no nighttime hurdles over my bed.  But, I’ve got SO many exciting performance projects in the works.

I just closed the exciting and well received stage adaptation of John Cassavetes SHADOWS, conceived and directed in collabortion with Alec Duffy and his awesome company Hoi Polloi.  We got a lot of love for SHADOWS and uncharacteristically (wink wink) the majority of my friends and peers in the performance community geeked out about the execution and Alec Duffy’s translation of an admittedly flawed film into an exciting grin-inducing theatrical experience.

Now, i’m back in the studio with Jay Scheib and his explosive company diving into the home-stretch of our creation WORLD OF WIRES, an adaptation of a Rainer Werner Fassbinder television miniseries from 1973.

But, first!!

I have been trying to find the right constellation of factors to collaborate with LA based conceptual video artist Wu Tsang.  After a lovely, and early morning, skype interview over tea we decided now (albeit super quick) we could collaborate on a live performance Wu is creating for Performa 2011, to show at the New Museum on November 19th.  The piece is called FULL BODY QUOTATION, a bit more information from the Performa website.

“Full Body Quotation brings together an ensemble of performers and sound-makers for an evening soiree hosted by Wu Tsang, who is joined by DJ Total Freedom. The centerpiece is a choral performance and a living sculpture, in which Tsang and his performers channel a chorus of voices sampled from the known (and unknown) canon of transgender cinema. Voices and bodies blend together into a hydra-headed, polyglotinous beast, staring back at onlookers across the boundaries of time and space with fifteen unblinking pairs of eyes—the apotheosis of a glamorous yet terrifying new mythical reality.

FBQ is an austere interpretation of drag culture and revelry as it has been caught on camera by films and news media of past decades. In the tradition of realness, Tsang maintains a studied and irreverent relationship to the source material, calling into question the authenticity of narrative, self-presentation, and intention.”

We’ve already begun working on mimetically reproducing text from Jennie Livingston’s influential and problematic documentary PARIS IS BURNING, as well as a showstopping monologue (that’s i’m VERY excited to perform) originally spoken by the Legendary Crystal LaBeija in the 1968 documentary film THE QUEEN.

Rehearsing at the Lobby Theatre in the New Museum (l to r; Nicholas Gorham, Cherrye Davis, Wu Tsang, Desiree Burch, Mikeah Ernest Jennings)

I can’t wait to unleash this beast!


  • Saturday, November 19, 7:00 pm

New Museum Theater MAP
$10 New Museum Members, $12 General Public







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