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HOUSE OF DINAH Dec 9, 2016

Child, what could I say to you
so that you would understand?

This is and is not for you.
Now you say you're lonely.

You've cried the whole night through.
You are invited, of course, but

make no mistake: this house is our house,
not yours. A family is a hierarchy,

a house of strength and knowledge, past and present.
You think you know something? Do you

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On the necessity and defiance of queer people of color Dec 8, 2016

For a lot of queer black people, living is surviving. House of Dinah shows the ways five black Queens are taught or have been taught to own their survival story and speak truth to it. As a queer, non-black person of color, it was an honor to be let in to the sacred space.

A smattering of thoughts during and after House of Dinah

Tough love is necessary. Silence is golden. Don’t let anyone see you cry.

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Let Me Try to Say IT’S NOT TOO LATE Nov 19, 2016

I just got home from watching Markeith Wiley’s IT’S NOT TOO LATE and my mind is swimming with reactions to the show and to the post-show Q&A—

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“Wokeness” especially in light of the recent election results is of a fashion at this point—a moral imperative as performance. Ally theatre. A safety-pin. A t-shirt. A tote-bag.  All signals that are meant to convey: I will not laugh at the wrong jokes. I will not say the wrong thing. I will not be that person. I am not a bad person. 

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It doesn’t feel like a time to write Nov 18, 2016

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Psychic Radio Star: The Self Is Born Nov 4, 2016

To witness Ezra Dickinson’s newest performance is to be invited into the birthing room, to be led by the hand behind the white curtain to witness raw emergence and then, after one birth, a rebirth, and another, and another.

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The Physical and the Psychic Nov 4, 2016

Dudes, there are some heavy themes in Ezra Dickinson’s Psychic Radio Star - mental illness, police violence, alienation, the struggle that defines life, reincarnation. Instead of discussing these, I’ll talk about the themes of revealing and concealing, and the unseen unsettling forces that shape our actions - namely, the people included by choice or circumstance in our lives.

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Stand in the Middle Oct 21, 2016

Response from Natalie Singer-Velush, OtB Writers Corps Ambassador

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Zoe | Juniper Ekphrasis: Strength and Grace But Why // Studies in Vulnerability by Michelle Peñaloza Oct 21, 2016

Response from Michelle Peñaloza, OtB Writers Corps Ambassador

Place your feet upon my chest                       leap forward blind

Stop stop stop              get it right, her therapist’s here

 

let’s begin again

            the fourth border: a cylinder refracted in fringe

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AMBASSADOR PROJECT: Post-Show Music after THE EVENING Feb 16, 2015

A project by OtB Ambassador James Holt.

Join us in the OtB lobby post-show Saturday, Feb 21 and enjoy live music by the performers from Richard Maxwell's The Evening.

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