May 31 - June 02, 2019
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Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 7pm
Curated by Cecilia Gentili, Charlene Incarnate and Mizz June
Each year, La MaMa’s Squirts gathers the most exciting voices from New York City’s queer performance world, across the generations. This year, three trans women artists with deep community roots will each craft a night of the festival, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
Linda LaBeija of the House of LaBeija interviews our three curators about
their artistic visions and the larger place of trans narratives in the cultural landscape:
Friday, May 31 at 7PM
Curated by Cecilia Gentili
Featuring: Julia Rose, Ash RT Yergens, Auset Bennu aka AB, Linda Labeija
Argentinian-American activist and actress Cecilia Gentili kicks things off with an evening of performance and storytelling by trans artists. Gentili learned about Stonewall under the Argentinian dictatorship of the 70s and 80s, and her curation is inspired by what she learned from U.S. LGBT culture during repressive times. Photo by Serena Jara
Saturday, June 1 at 7PM
Curated by Mizz June
Featuring: Mizz June, Princess Sasha Fierce, and The Violence. Hosted by drag ally Banjela Davis and very special guest Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
Mizz June presents a night of hip-hop, R&B, punk rock, and PRIDE from established and up-and-coming trans women of color artists. Tonight, it's FEMMES FIRST. Photo credit: Yanina May
Sunday, June 2 at 7PM
Curated by Charlene Incarnate
Featuring: Remy Black, Image Object, Thesan Pollyana, and more
Charlene Incarnate curates an all-transgender and non-binary showtunes review. Timeless Broadway material from fraught moments in American history will be reinvigorated by the trans bodies performing today, under a neo-fascist regime in America. As an intergenerational link between queers and dreamers in NYC, musicals help our communities see where we’ve been and where we’re going. Photo by Lia Clay
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About the Artists
Originally from Argentina, Cecilia Gentili is a well-known storyteller in NYC. She has also acted in several plays (Jess Barbagallo’s “My Old Man” (Dixon Place), Casey Llewellyn’s “O Earth” (HERE Arts Center)) and was a guest star in “Pose” (FX) where she payed Ms. Orlando. Gentili found her passion for advocacy working as an intern at the LGBT Center. She headed the Transgender Health Program at Apicha from 2012 to 2016, served as the Director of Policy at GMHC from 2016 to 2019, and currently functions as Principal to Trans Equity Consulting defining policy to the benefit of the TGNC/NB community. She was a contributor to “Trans Bodies Trans Selves” and is a board member at Translatina Network. She is passionate about advocating for her community, specifically for trans women with a Latino background, sex work, drug use and incarceration history.
Charlene Incarnate has been performing drag in Brooklyn for 6 years. She enacted her gender transition as a performance art piece on New York drag stages (including La MaMa’s Squirts 2014), and now her performance work centers around the aggressive, dangerous and inherently political nature of living in a transgender body. In the summer of 2017 she was crowned Miss Bushwig and went on to perform at Lady Bunny's Wigstock in 2018, igniting the headline from Time Out New York "Charlene is taking over the planet"
From the Lower East Side of Manhattan and The Bronx, Mizz June, the musical persona of NYC based Actor Julienne Brown- got her start in Musical Theater and Activism. A protégée of luminary public figures Octavia St. Laurent and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, she was the first out Black Transwoman to be a guest cast member on a daytime soap opera (“All My Children”). She has appeared in music videos and, performed on various well known stages in NYC and around the U.S. (including La MaMa and BAM to name a few). Her latest single(s) can be found here: www.theonetheonlymizzjune.com/music
The Helix Queer Performance Network is a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theatre, 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 NYC. Directed by playwright Dan Fishback, major programs include La MaMa’s Squirts, the workshop Needing It: Solo Performance in Queer Community, and BAX’s festival of queer and trans artists of color, Submerge.