La MaMa’s SQUIRTS 2016: New Voices in Queer Performance

January 15, 2016 - January 24, 2016

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

Fridays & Saturdays at 10pm, Sundays at 6pm

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La MaMa Presents
A Helix Queer Performance Network Event:
La MaMa's SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance
Curated and Hosted by Dan Fishback
Stage Managed by Naimonu James

The Helix Queer Performance Network gathers some of the most exciting new voices from NYC’s queer performance world, accompanied each night by a legendary Guest of Honor. For the fourth year in a row, we celebrate the legacy of community theatrics, multiple generations of queer genius, and the precocious audacity of the millennial mind. Helix is a collaboration between La MaMa, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics.
"A defiant reminder that our stories are important and part of a larger queer history... represents, for me, the best of what theatre and performance can do... I urge you to go see Squirts for yourself."

John-Stuart Fauquet, The Huffington Post

Starring (every night):

BANJELA DAVIS

JORDAN MARTIN & THE SEXTONES

YAYA MCKOY

JES TOM

METTE LOULOU VON KOHL

Special Guests

January 15th - January 24th

Friday, January 15
Guest of Honor: KATE BORNSTEIN
Guest Squirts: MIZZ JUNE and PWR BTTM

Guest Organizer: LOURDES ASHLEY HUNTER of the TRANS WOMEN OF COLOR COLLECTIVE

Saturday, January 16
Guest of Honor: ELIZABETH “MACHA” MARRERO
Guest Squirts: AJA and TIMOTHY DUWHITE

Guest Organizer: MITCHYLL MORA of STREETWISE & SAFE

Sunday, January 17
Guest of Honor: AGOSTO MACHADO
Guest Squirts: SHAGASYIA DIAMOND and RYAN HADDAD

Guest Organizer: JENNA TORRES of the RED UMBRELLA PROJECT

Friday, January 22
Guest of Honor: HOLLY HUGHES
Guest Squirts: AUNT SHARON THE DANCE THERAPIST and CONNOR VOSS

Guest Organizer: JUANA PERALTA of the SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT

Saturday, January 23
Guest of Honor: CARMELITA TROPICANA
Guest Squirts: BXK KWAN and LADY QUESA’DILLA

Guest Organizer: KATE BARNHART of NEW ALTERNATIVES

Sunday, January 24
Guest of Honor: DANIEL ALEXANDER JONES
Guest Squirts: MIEKE D, UNA OSATO

Guest Organizer: CHRISSY ETIENNE from the AUDRE LORDE PROJECT

About the Artists

THE HELIX QUEER PERFORMANCE NETWORK
The Helix Queer Performance Network is a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, seeking to nurture queer performers, empower queer communities, and celebrate the legacy and lineage of queer performance in New York City. Helix hosts workshops on performance, public art and critical arts writing; curates and produces innovative stage productions featuring emerging and established artists; publishes a broad range of arts journalism; and convenes public conversations that examine the lived reality of queer community-based performance culture. Helix aims to foster an inter-generational, multi-racial, multi-gender performance community where artists can build, sustain, and document a broad spectrum of queer experience in the context of a rich artistic history.www.helixqpn.org

DAN FISHBACK
(Curator, Host)

Dan Fishback has been making theater and music in New York City since 2003. As director of the Helix Queer Performance Network, he organizes public events, teaches workshops, and curates various performance festivals. His musical "The Material World" was named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2012 by Time Out New York. Other works include "thirtynothing" (2011) and "You Will Experience Silence" (2009). As a singer-songwriter, Fishback has released five albums, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread, with whom he has toured Europe and North America.  He has received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Trust and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, and has been a resident artist at Kelly Writers House, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, Dixon Place, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. He has also been in residence at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, in one form or another, since 2010. Find him at @dangerfishback and www.danfishback.com.