Ayesha Jordan's SHASTA GEUX POP Set for The Bushwick Starr This September

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The Bushwick Starr is thrilled to open our 2016-17 Season with SHASTA GEAUX POP.

After a stint on Broadway as the standby for Lupida Nyong'o in Eclipsed, Ayesha Jordan, the multidisciplinary performing artist whose shows combine music, technology, and consensual audience interaction, brings her special brand of tongue-in-cheek frivolity to the Starr. Ayesha explores humanity through the lens of her pop singer alter-ego, Shasta Geaux Pop. Expect popular culture to be celebrated...and skewered.

From Ayesha: "Shasta Geaux Pop is beyond diva. So, what is Shasta to do when given the time, space, and audience to do whatever she wants to do? Shasta might discuss "the do", she might sing about "the do", or just show you how to "do". Or she'll just "do" whatever her heart damn well pleases. Shasta Geaux Pop is an "experience". She welcomes adoring fans, lovers, punks, copycats and anyone else looking for a raucous evening mixing theatrics, music, comedy, outrageous costumes, and pop culture commentary. Once you get a taste of her pop, she is the only flavor you'll ever want to savor."

Performed by Shastina Degeaux (Shasta Geaux Pop), Akhmose Ari aka The Compliment King (Shasta's Morphing Man), with a possible appearance by Shasta's close friend and occasional rival and manager, Ayesha Jordan. Lighting design by Tuce Yasak. Music & Sound by Justin Hicks.

The Bushwick Starr theater is located at 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY [between Irving and Wyckoff]. Directions: Via Subway take the L Train to Jefferson Street, exit at Starr Street, walk against traffic on Starr, and the theater is 3/4 of a block on the right. For detailed driving directions, visit: www.thebushwickstarr.org/DIRECTIONS.

Tickets are $18.00 at www.thebushwickstarr.org.

Ayesha Jordan is a New York City based multidisciplinary performer and creator. Ayesha was most recently part of the Broadway production of Eclipsed at The John Golden Theatre. Her most recent creation was "Come See My Double D's" at JACK (NY). She has performed abroad in Amsterdam, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Japan. Projects created and developed by Ayesha include Enter & Exit: Family Reunion, Enter & Exit: Playing House, Inter 1-to-1, video project Living Room Dance Breaks, and a plethora of videos featuring Ayesha's "friends and family". Ayesha has also performed in the plays, "Ludic Proxy" by Aya Ogawa, "Platonov: or the Disinherited" by Jay Scheib, "Angela's Mixtape" by Eisa Davix, and "The Reenactors" by Juliana Francis Kelly to name a few.

New York based independent Canadian/Barbadian/UK stage director Charlotte Brathwaite is known for her unique approach to staging classical and unconventional texts, dance, visual art, multi-media, site-specific installation, performance art and music events. Her work has been seen in the Americas, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia and ranges in subject matter from the historical past to the distant future illuminating issues of race, sex, power and the complexities of the human condition. She was recently named as one of the "up-and-coming women in theatre to watch" by Playbill. Upcoming projects include: (Be)longing, composed by Byron Au Young and written by Aaron Jaffaries produced by Arktype; and "Can I get a witness" conceived and composed by Meshell Ndegeocello, presented at Harlemstage. She is recipient of several awards and citations including the Princess Grace Award and the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize (Yale), a Rockefeller Residency, and the National Performing Network Creation Fund. She received her MFA at Yale School of Drama and has been a Visiting Professor at Amherst College, a Visiting artist at Williams College and is currently assistant professor of Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Bushwick Starr is an Obie Award winning non profit theater that presents an annual Season of new work in theater, dance, and puppetry. We are an organization defined by both our artists and our community, and since 2007, we have grown into a thriving theatrical venue, a vital neighborhood arts center, and a destination for exciting and engaging performance. The Bushwick Starr's mission is to help ambitious artists and ambitious audiences find each other. We provide a springboard for emerging professional artists to make career-defining leaps, and we are a sanctuary where established performance companies come to experiment and innovate. Our past Seasons have included new work from groundbreaking artists such as Clare Barron, Dave Malloy, The Debate Society, the TEAM, and Half Straddle.

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