Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts

March 24 - April 02, 2017


The Club | 74A E 4th Street; 2nd Floor

Friday and Saturday at 10pm; Sunday at 6pm

60 Minutes

Written and Directed by Susana Cook | Sound Design by Julian Mesri

This was the story of a king who is actually a queen, who is sent in exile, imprisoned in Athens and found 45 years later in Argentina at a tomb contest. But then, major historical events disrupt the process revealing that nobody is dead.
The ghosts of totalitarian past return to haunt the story. The narrative that got us here no longer serves us. We have to respond to the urgency for resistance and survival, and create a theatrical language of dissent and pleasure. In this witty and funny magic realistic play, Susana Cook redefines presence, the energy of the people who inhabit our life, and the ghosts of our past following us everywhere.
Directed and performed by Susana Cook with Drae Campbell, Hector Canonge, Mistah Coles, Moira Cutler, Michael Freeman, Kathie Horejsi, Marie Christine Katz, Annie Lanzillotto, Jennifer Rodriguez,  and Simba Yangala.  
“Susana Cook is among the best artists working in America, doing cultural work that will transform the way we see things”
–Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace

Special Event

Kate Bornstein, Susana Cook, Karen Finley, and Edgar Oliver will lead the Downtown Icons Panel following the March 26th performance of Susana Cook's Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts. Artists, students, and historians are invited to attend the performance and post-show talk back to ask questions regarding their past and current individual work, Off-Off Broadway history, downtown theater culture, queer performance history, the 1990s culture wars, freedom of expression, and how to create work in the current political climate.

About the Artists

Susana Cook writes and performs bold, authentic, gender bending, funny, queer performance art/theater that sharply critiques injustice. Argentinian born, a prolific writer and performer, Susana’s voice of protest contains visceral knowledge of the look and feel of dictatorship. Listen up.
Susana Cook is a New York based playwright, director and performer.Some of her latest shows are: Samanta Ibarrola, la mujer inexplicable, Conversations with Humans, We Are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, The Fury of the Gods, Homeland Insecurities, The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination and Tango Lesbiango. Her work is archived at the Digital Video Library of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of New York University.