Check Out the Full Schedule for the 9th Annual 'Welcome to Boog City' Festival
The 9th Annual Welcome to Boog City Festival -- 5 Days of Poetry, Music, and Theater -- is headed to New York City!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 6:00 P.M.
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Prospect Heights, Broklyn
Directions: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza,
C to Clinton-Washington avenues, Q to 7th Ave.
Venue is bet. Prospect Pl./St. Marks Ave.
6:00 p.m. Lucas Hunt
6:10 p.m. Mary Lou Buschi
6:20 p.m. Ian Davisson
6:30 p.m. Andrew Levy
6:40 p.m. Tonya Foster
6:50 p.m. Cynthia Arrieu-King
7:05 p.m. Stephanie Lexis (music)
7:35 p.m. break
7:45 p.m. Paige Taggart
7:55 p.m. Amanda Killian
8:10 p.m. Marci Nelligan
8:25 p.m. Urayoán Noel
8:35 p.m. Dots Will Echo (music)
THURSDAY. AUGUST 6, 6:00 P.M.
6:00 p.m. Jacob Bennett
6:15 p.m. Emily Skillings
6:25 p.m. Joel Sloman
6:40 p.m. Ruth Lepson
6:55 p.m. Sharon Mesmer
7:05 p.m. Ethel Rackin
7:20 p.m. Kirk Kelly (music)
7:50 p.m. break
8:00 p.m. Elizabeth Savage
8:10 p.m. Tyler Antoine
8:25 p.m. Julia Edwards
8:35 p.m. Sara Jane Stoner
8:45 p.m. Frank Olson (music)
FRIDAY. AUGUST 7, 6:00 P.M.
6:00 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk,
with Ish Klein and Greg Purcell reading and
7:00 p.m. Zack Daniel (music)
7:30 p.m. break
7:40 p.m. Greg Weiss
7:50 p.m. Dianca Potts
8:05 p.m. Geoffrey Olsen
8:15 p.m. Sandra Beasley
8:30 p.m. Sean Cole
8:40 p.m. Daniel Nester
8:55 p.m. Sam Barron (music)
SATURDAY AUGUST 8, 11:30 A.M.
11:30 a.m. Josh Savory
11:45 a.m. Kate Lutzner
11:55 a.m. Rick Mullin
12:10 p.m. Kimberly Lyons
12:20 p.m. Mitch Manning
12:35 p.m. Ann Stephenson
12:45 p.m. Lewis Mason (music)
1:15 p.m. break
1:25 p.m. Kostas Anagnopoulos
1:35 p.m. Laura Kochman
1:50 p.m. Stephen Potter
2:05 p.m. Audrey Mardavich
2:20 p.m. Alina Pleskova
2:35 p.m. Brown Sanders
2:50 p.m. Jonathan Berger
3:00 p.m. Little Cobweb (music)
3:30 p.m. break
d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses
season 13 kick-off
Mad House Publications (Philadelphia)
Philip Mittereder, editor-in-chief
3:40 p.m. Maryan Captan
James Harrison Monaco
4:10 p.m. Curtis Cooper (music)
4:25 p.m. Sara Schwartz
David E. Morton
4:55 p.m. Cooper
5:10 p.m. break
5:20 p.m. Laurie Saurborn
5:35 p.m. Buck Downs
5:50 p.m. Sarah Sarai
6:00 p.m. Patrick Blagrave
6:15 p.m. Maggie Tobin
6:30 p.m. Cornelia Barber
6:40 p.m. Joe Reichel (music)
8:40 p.m. Diego Clare (music)
SUNDAY AUGUST 9, 11:00 A.M.
11:00 a.m. Ronnie Wheeler (music)
11:30 a.m. James Barch
11:40 p.m. Yolanda Wisher
11:55 p.m. Ryan DiPetta
12:10 p.m. Nicole Steinberg
12:25 p.m. Christina Strong
12:40 p.m. Jeffrey Freer (music)
1:10 p.m. break
1:20 p.m. Yvette Nepper
1:35 p.m. J. Hope Stein
1:45 p.m. Patricia Spears Jones
1:55 p.m. Chris Lindstrom
2:10 p.m. Gerald Schwartz
2:20 p.m. Eve Lesov (music)
SUNDAY AUGUST 9, 5:30 P.M.
94 Avenue A
The East Village
Directions: A/B/C/D/E/F/V to W. 4th St.
Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.
Venue is at East 6th Street
6th Boog Poets' Theater Night, featuring:
5:30 p.m. Toby Altman, Arcadia, Indiana-Act One
5:45 p.m. Davidson Garrett, Nine Meditations on the Nothingness of Now: A Poetic Monologue with Music
6:00 p.m. Megan Murtha, Bone Play
6:15 p.m. Cétáh Treadwell, Songs of Pulling Down the gods
6:30 p.m. John J. Trause, Ishtar Redux
6:45 p.m. Kris Lew, In the after-floss of a last breath
6:55 p.m. Sefu Kafele, Francis X. Livoti
7:05 p.m. Nina Angela Mercer, Itagua Meji: a road and a prayer
7:30 p.m. Classic Albums Live presents
The Beatles, Let It Be
The Trouble Dolls .5
Two of Us
Dig a Pony
The Brooklyn What
Across the Universe
I Me Mine
Let It Be
I've Got a Feeling
One After 909
The Long and Winding Road
For You Blue
The Replacements, Let It Be
The Trouble Dolls .5
I Will Dare
The Brooklyn What
We're Comin' Out
Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
Seen Your Video
Gary's Got a Boner
**Welcome to Boog City 9 Bios and Websites**
Classic Albums Live,
The Beatles' and The Replacements' Let it Be's
Burger Luncheon, the two-man acousti-rock phenomenon comprised of Jonathan Berger (of JUANBURGUESA) and Sanjay Kaul (of Lunchn', JUANBURGUESA) write songs that make you go "Hmm" and make you go, "Hmm, how much?" They're good. They're honored to be playing their 48th Boog City performance. Two more and they get a free slice. Ken D'Amato photo.
Robert Kerr is a playwright living in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. He was in the band Alien Detector while he lived in Minneapolis, where he also served as musical director for Bedlam Theatre's production of Land Without Trees. He wrote the book and lyrics for the 10-minute musical The Sticky-Fingered Fiancee with composer Mat Eisenstein, and often writes songs for his own plays. Adam Courtney photo.
No Ice is an indie power-pop group from New York City, featuring members of The Brooklyn What.
Cannonball Statman, a native Brooklynite, is a frequent performer and organizer of shows on and around the NYC Antifolk scene. Often performing solo, with an acoustic guitar, his music aims to present more intensity and energy than that of an a five piece rock band. Alan Rand photo.
**The Trouble Dolls .5
Harmonizing since 2001, Cheri and Pam are the femme half of the pop group The Trouble Dolls. They are also members of the record-in-a-weekend-club music collective 29 Hour Music People, whose third record is set to be released soon. By day, Cheri does graphic design-y things, and Pam does web develop-y things. They are thrilled to be performing tonight.
6th Boog Poets Theater Night
**Toby Altman, Arcadia, Indiana-Act One
Actors: Hannah Aizenman, Mike Lala, Allyson Paty
Toby Altman is the author of three chapbooks, including Tender Industrial Fabric (Greying Ghost Press). His poems can/will be found in Best American Experimental Writing, 2014; Diagram; The Black Warrior Review; The Cream City Review; and The Laurel Review.
Hannah Aizenman hails from Birmingham, Ala., and holds an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Collision Literary Magazine, Gigantic Sequins, plain china, and Three Rivers Review. She is editor-in-Chief of Washington Square Review and lives in Brooklyn.
Sophie Herron grew up in Oregon, studied in California, and taught high school in Texas before moving to New York to get her M.F.A. at NYU. Now she lives in Brooklyn and works at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center, where she is chronically enthusiastic.
Lubbock, Texas born Mike Lala (http://www.mikelala.com/) lives and works in New York. Author of two chapbooks, his poems appear in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Jubilat, The Awl, The Brooklyn Rail, and VOLT, among others. He holds degrees from Michigan State University and NYU, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow.
Allyson Paty's poems appear or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Boston Review, jubilat, Kenyon Review Online, The PEN Poetry Series, Tin House, and elsewhere. Her criticism can be found in CRETUS Magazine and The Rumpus. She is from New York, where she is a founding editor of Singing Saw Press.
**Davidson Garrett, Nine Meditations on the Nothingness of Now: A Poetic Monologue with Music
Davidson Garrett returns to The Boog City Poets Theatre Night after performing his poetic monologue, King Lear of the Taxi in 2012. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity and has worked in theatre, film, and television since 1973. As a poet, he has three published poetry books, the latest, Southern Low Protestant Departure: A Funeral Poem, (Advent Purple Press). His spoken word play, Conspiracy Theory: The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen, was recently published in Issue 8 of Nerve Lantern. A New York City taxi driver for 37 years, Davidson read his taxi driver poetry for the PEN World Voices Festival in 2013, 2014, and 2015 as a student of the PEN Worker/Writers Institute led by poet Mark Nowak.
Mike Skliar is a musician, songwriter, and an attorney. Originally from Long Island, he graduated Union College, and law school at American University in Washington, D.C. He attended several week-long songwriting workshops at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y., with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Summersongs in Ashoken, N.Y. His more political songs have been featured in the "Christmas Coup Comedy Players Monthly Laughing Nightmare" radio program on WBAI for the last 10 years. In May 2015 he played live music for some of the poetry featured at the PEN World Voices Festival. His first two albums of original songs can be found on iTunes & Amazon, and more recent albums, including 2015's You're Fine, How Am I, are on Bandcamp.
**Sefu Kafele, Francis X. Livoti
Looks, charm, knowledge, creativity, wisdom, faith, and individuality are all things that are combined to create the powerful and poetic Sefu Kafele.
Sefu is a man with a lot on his mind and who has seen more than most. Born in the United Kingdom city of Islington but raised in the concrete jungles of Brooklyn and Queens, New York Sefu has the fighting spirit of a true New Yorker! Being raised in the city of dreams and grind has given Sefu all the necessary skills to fight his way to the top. He knows what work really is and what needs to be done to get to where one wants to be. From his life experiences he decided to jump on a path of art, creativity, and words.
Sefu is a member of the Hip Hop Soul Group, X Black Superhero's. With the group he explores the different ways to challenge the limits of collaboration between art, music, life, and words. Sefu tries to take reality and present it to the world in a way that will captivate and shock, all while instilling knowledge and understanding. He has perfected the craft of edutainment.
Sefu has been in performance for 15 years. He has performed at places such as Brooklyn Exposure, CBGB, S.O.B.'s, The Apollo Theater and The Afrikan Poetry Theater. Though he has been blessed to grace such amazing stages he still wishes to perform in Africa, Madison Square Garden, and Webster Hall.
Sefu has performed in showcase such as Moasa where he captivated the audience with his powerful words and need for greatness. He grips the audiences minds and brings them on a trip through his reality. Besides live performances, Sefu is a recording artist with a style all his own. Smooth rhythms and an aromatic voice tells a story that can only be created by the mind of Sefu.
As a rule of life Sefu strongly believes that it is "Better to be humble, Than be humbled." And with this understanding he does in deed live a very humble life. Never treating others as if they are beneath him and always looking for a way to make a change in the world around him, Sefu is truly the picture of humility. Sefu has a dream to open a community performance space. With the space he plans to take what he loves and extend it to his immediate community.
Sefu is so much more than an artist. He is a visionary, a storyteller, a leader, a father, and a powerful force ready to take the world by storm.
**Kris Lew, In the after-floss of a last breath
Her roots in spoken word are firmly anchored in the soil of the Lower East Side, far beneath the glass-and-steel edifices that are now terrorizing it.
She spent eight years as a professional modern dancer with various N.Y.- and California-based choreographers. During that time, "Made in the U.S.A.," her poem about domestic abuse and mail-order brides, was commissioned by choreographer Kwame Ross and performed at Danspace at St. Marks Place. At the Triangle Theater at Long Island University, Brooklyn, she presented a piece that included her original poetry and choreography as part of the Women Dancemakers series that was curated by Marlies Yearby.
More recently, she finished a seven-year stint as a paper-pusher with a front-row seat to the maddening sideshow that is NYC's unjust criminal justice system. During and since that time she's participated in anti-war, pro-whistleblower, anti-police brutality, and pro-LGBT efforts. The Chelsea Manning contingents at NYC Pride (2011, 2013, 2015), The Harvey Milk Day of Action (2010), and The March Against Hate (2010) are among the actions she's co-organized.
Last summer she co-organized, emceed, and performed at "An Afternoon of Sparking Poetry," hosted by the wonderful and legendary Medicine Show Theatre. The afternoon featured authors from Nerve Lantern, a literary journal edited by Ellen Redbird and published by Pyriform Press.
She continues to dance, write, and believe deeply in the exquisite beauty that unrecognized people create ceaselessly, despite harshness, somewhere, without fanfare, every day.
**Nina Angela Mercer, Itagua Meji: a road and a prayer
Actresses: Kimani Fowlin, Audrey Elaine Hailes, Pam Patrick
Nina Angela Mercer, playwright and director, is a cultural worker. Mercer's plays include Gutta Beautiful; Racing My Girl, Sally; Itagua Meji: A Road & A Prayer; Gypsy & The Bully Door; and Mother Wit & Water Born. Her plays have had stage readings or productions in Washington, D.C. at The Warehouse Theatre and The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for D.C.'s Fringe Festival; in New Jersey at Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-New Brunswick; and in NYC at Wings Theatre, Brecht Forum, New York Public Library-Grand Army Plaza, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre, Dumbo Sky with The American Theatre of Harlem, and Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement. In Trinidad, her work has been staged at The Little Carib Theatre. Her writing has been published in The Killens Review of Arts & Letters and Black Renaissance Noire. Her work will also be included in the upcoming anthology, Are You Entertained? Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century. Mercer is a co-founder and co-director of Ocean Ana Rising, an arts education non-profit organization. She served as a faculty member at Medgar Evers College-CUNY in Brooklyn, and she is the mother of two daughters, Aya Imani and Raisa Selam.
Kimani Fowlin (choreographer; "Ori") is co-founder of Boom!Beep!Bop! (Children's music and movement class rooted in the African Diaspora). She co-directed M'Zawa Danz and has also worked with Ronald K. Brown, David Rousseve, Youssouf Koumbassa, Andrea E. Woods Souloworks, Umoja Dance, Harambee Dance, and Antibalis (15-member Afrobeat orchestra). She has choreographed and performed internationally in Peru, Russia, Ghana, and Greece with funk R&B band Milo Z and St. Maarten. Fowlin is a dance professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers and Drew University. She is a teaching artist for BAM, Community Works, DreamYard, and Urban Arts Partnership and is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor for Crunch Fitness. She received her M.F.A. in dance from University of wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her recent collaborations are with Justin Randolph Thompson and Nicole De Weever. Fowlin has a longstanding partnership with Mercer and gratefully acknowledges her for her magical words that make you wanna DANCE.
Audrey Elaine Hailes ("Aisha") is a dance-theatre artist raised in Washington, DC. Committed to public performance as a necessary tool for wellness and revolution, she received a B.F.A. in experimental theatre from NYU and is a 2013 Laundromat Project Professional Development Fellow. Hailes is a teaching artist, performer with the Dance Cartel, and co-host of the women-run radio show Hip Hop and Her Family. Her work was recently commissioned by Gibney Dance as part of the DoublePlus performance series. Operating in the blessing of abundance, the support, fortification, and history shared by family is the fuel behind her practice.
Pam Patrick ("The Source"/percussion), percussionist/ vocalist, musical director for Dr. Glory's Youth Theatre and a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Academy of Music; performed at Battery Park City Parks Sunset Jam series; former member of Women of the Calabash; and featured percussionist in the NYU production of Da Kink in My Hair and in the Summer Stage production of Blood Pudding.
**Megan Murtha, Bone Play
Megan Murtha is a playwright, director, producer, prop designer, and visual artist. Murtha wrote the text and music for Bone Play while in residence at the MacDowell Colony this past January. Her theater work has been performed at Classic Stage Company, The Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, Theater for the New City, The Bushwick Starr, and BAX. Her object theater work investigates the intersection of objects and language to produce meaning and identity for the otherwise discarded. This was the focus of the object theater workshop she recently led at St. Mary's City College of Maryland, which culminated in a public performance in the Boyden Art Gallery.
Zoë Geltman (http://www.zoegeltman.com/) is a performer and writer, and a born and bred New Yorker. Favorite credits include Evelyn at The Bushwick Starr, Evelyn in Concert at the Incubator Arts Project (R.I.P.), and Raise Your Voice in Medieval Counterpoint at Prelude all with Nellie Tinder; At the Rich Relatives at Abrons Arts Center (Mallery Avidon with Target Margin Theater, dir. Margot Bordelon); the workshop of Salty Folk at The Bushwick Starr (Superhero Clubhouse, dir. Jeremy Pickard); and the web series Rare Birds of Fashion, written and directed by Lily-Hayes Kaufman. Her own play, Sea Fraud, directed by Julia Sirna-Frest, and which she also performed in, recently had a run at The Brick Theater as part of their Spring Artist Residency Program. Her other work has been performed and developed at Theater for the New City, Catch, The Hare Club, and Dixon Place, and she was a 2014 Finalist for the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.
Maggie Robinson is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based performer, writer, and musician. As a writer, her work has been performed at Dixon Place, The Silent Barn, and The Bushwick Starr. As a performer she has performed and developed work at St. Ann's Warehouse, The Brick, The Bell House, La Mama, Incubator Arts, The Kitchen, The Pit, and Theater for the New City. She is also a proud member of Doll Parts, Brooklyn's Premier Dolly Parton cover band.
Keelie Sheridan's (http://www.keeliesheridan.com/) mind was forged in the camp fires of a nomadic troupe that eventually settled in New York's Adirondack mountains. She spent her childhood hunting and gathering with her sisters and learning to Irish step dance. After sowing her wild oats at too many acting studios to count, she made it official with an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. Sheridan is a 2016 George J. Mitchell Scholar and will spend a year in Dublin studying theatre directing at Trinity College/ The Lir.
Heather Thiry (NYU Tisch School of the Arts) is a New York-based actress, dancer, and teaching artist. She has performed at 3LD, The New Ohio, IRT, The Flea Theatre, The Brick, Dixon Place, and The Hangar Theatre, among others. Her commissioned movement work has been performed as a part of the SOMAD Summer Festival.
Emma Wiseman (http://www.emmawisemannyc.tumblr.com/) is a multidisciplinary performer, writer and theater-maker originally from Weston, CT and now based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Since 2010 Wiseman has been performing works of theater, music, puppetry, and dance at St. Ann's Warehouse, Dixon Place, The Julliard School, LaMaMa and many other exciting spaces in New York, as well as in Detroit, Philadelphia, and beautiful Upper Jay, N.Y. with The Space We Make. She was a 2014 resident artist with Mabou Mines, and is creating new work with designer Lydia Fine through The St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet Lab to be premiered in early 2016. She is a member of the Young New Yorker's Chorus and head puppeteer at Sweet Fern Productions.
**John J. Trause, Ishtar Redux
Actors: Joel Allegretti, Amy Barone, Davidson Garrett, LuLu LoLo, Rick Mullin, Rachael Richman, and John J. Trause
John J. Trause, the director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful... Poems for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests) (Finishing Line Press); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications); the chapbook Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques), the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists' periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant, the journal Offerta Speciale, the Uphook Press anthologies Hell Strung and Crooked and -gape-seed-, and the Great Weather for Media anthologies It's Animal but Merciful and I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand. Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets.
He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg; the page with Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, Victor Buono, and Pope John Paul II; and the cage with the Cumaean Sibyl, Ezra Pound, Hannibal Lecter, Andrei Chikatilo, and George "The Animal" Steele.
Ishtar Redux was published in Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature issue 6 and has been staged for the Bergen Poets at the Teaneck Public Library, Teaneck, N.J.; at the renovated Loew's Jersey Theatre, Journal Square, Jersey City; as part of "Muse Pool" at the Theater Outlet, Allentown, Penn.; and in the show "By Light of the Nerve Lantern" at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York City.
For the sake of art Trause hung naked for one whole month in the summer of 2007 on the Art Wall of the Bowery Poetry Club. He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the former host and curator of its monthly reading series. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009-2011, 2013). His artwork has been exhibited in The Museum of Modern Art Staff Show (1995), at Il Trapezio Café (Nutley, N.J.), and in the permanent collection of The Museum of Menstruation (New Carrollton, Md.), to whose website he has contributed. At various times in his life he has been mistaken for being a priest, a policeman, a pimp, and a pornographer. One does not know what is more impressive, his book collection or his array of turtlenecks.
Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Body in Equipoise (Full Court Press), a chapbook on the theme of architecture and design. His second collection, Father Silicon (The Poet's Press), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium.
Allegretti has published his poems in Barrow Street, PANK, Smartish Pace, The New York Quarterly, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India.
His fiction has appeared in The Adroit Journal, The MacGuffin, and The Nassau Review, among other literary journals. His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa Experimental Theater, Medicine Show Theater, Sidewalk Cafe, and The Cornelia Street Café, all in New York.
Allegretti is represented in more than a dozen anthologies, among them Clash by Night (CityLit Press), poems inspired by the Clash's album London Calling, and Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (Smalls Books), which includes work by Langston Hughes, Hart Crane, Billy Collins, and Edward Hirsch.
Allegretti wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose work is released on Naxos American Classics. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.
Amy Barone's new chapbook Kamikaze Dance was published by Finishing Line Press, who recognized her as a finalist in their annual New Women's Voices Competition. Her poetry has appeared in Gradiva, Impolite Conversation (UK), Maintenant, Paterson Literary Review, Philadelphia Poets and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow. She spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Her first book, Views from the Driveway, was published by Foothills Publishing. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Barone lives in New York City.
LuLu LoLo (http://www.lululolo.com/) is a New York-based playwright/actor and international performance artist. LoLo has written and performed eight one-person plays Off-Broadway that evolve from her passion for historical research and social justice, especially as pertaining to the dramatic struggle of women in New York City's past. This is exemplified by subjects such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the lesbian lover of murder victim Kitty Genovese, women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men, and the shameful treatment of the women consigned to the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. As a performance artist, she has appeared as "Mother Cabrini" in Campagna, Italy; Paris; and New Orleans. She has performed the roles of "Loretta, the Telephone Operator," "The Gentleman of 14th Street," and "14th Street NewsBoy" for Art in Odd Places, New York. LoLo's latest performance project, "Pilgrimage by Proxy: Paris Chapter," is a series of symbolic journeys in Paris on behalf of people. She was a 2013 Blade of Grass Fellow and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer in Residence in 2008. LoLo is a board member of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, The Vito Marcantonio Forum, and The City Reliquary Museum in Brooklyn.
Rachael Richman writes, acts, and makes songs and theater. She has performed and created all around New York, as well as internationally, including The Public Theater, La Mama, The Whitney Museum, Flea Theatre, HERE Arts Center, New Dramatists, PS 122, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Art Monastery Project in Italy, and the Bowery Poetry Club.
**Cétáh Treadwell, Songs of Pulling Down the gods
Cétáh Treadwell is a New Yorker in heart, Barrio in tongue, swagger, and soul. Native and Caribbean in blood, Treadwell is a writer, performer, and socio-linguist. An alum of the linguistic departments of SUNY Stony Brook and University of Arizona, and Ph.D. candidate at SUNY Stony Brook, Treadwell possesses an understanding of the power language has in shaping our worldview. It is also his belief that our experience combined with voice (textual, vocal, physical, visual) can create lasting impressions and affect change with the language we create through art. An avid amateur chef, artist, wine-lover, and collector seeking only to connect and continue telling and listening to powerful stories.