Dec 19, 2016
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Poetry Electric: Americana Psychobabble

Created and Performed by Alexandra Tatarsky

Directed by Meryl Sands


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It’s December. 2016 was rough. Please join acclaimed solo performer Alexandra Tatarsky in a post-election exorcism, an irrational rejuvenation ceremony, an attempt at doomsday discoveries. Plastic bag sadness + Styrofoam wings, American flag fingernails + daddy songs, late capitalist loneliness in a tv graveyard covered in xmas lights. There will be spirit channeling and channel surfing. There will be ketchup.

Alexandra Tatarsky has been called “a hilarious, finely tuned absurdist” by Theatre Jones and “an East Village relic” by Vogue. Her one-man-shows Beast of Festive Skin and SIGN FELT! premiered at La Mama ETC and have toured nationwide. She was a member of X-ID Rep at the New Museum, a theater ensemble devoted to investigating the ethics of intercultural cross-play, and has continued to explore the construction of selves and communities in real time with original performances at Bronx Art Space, Queens Museum, Maccarone, Metro Pictures, Dixon Place, Basilica Hudson, Gotham Comedy Club, U.S. Blues, The Brick Theater, Vox Populi, and many other small, dark venues. She teaches at the School of Authentic Journalism outside Mexico City and the School of Making and Thinking at Abrons Art Center. Alexandra Tatarsky is a 2016 Movement Research artist-in-residence and has collaborated with Zhe Zhe, Pig Iron, George & Co., Truant Arts, and Lilac Co. Her writings on Russian-Jewish poetics and spambot lyricism have been published at The New Inquiry, Hypocrite Reader, Weekday, Encyclopedia, Calvert Journal and the Reed College Erotic Review. She experienced fleeting fame as Andy Kaufman’s daughter and often performs as a mound of dirt. For more: tar-tar.biz

Meryl Sands is a theater artist. Born and raised in NYC, she now lives in Philadelphia, where she will compete an MFA in Devised Performance from the Pig Iron School in 2017. She has performed at FringeArts, Dixon place, The Drake, Tabu, Franky Bradley’s, a West Philly apartment, and a house boat.


The show is produced under the following program(s):

Poetry Electric

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The Poetry Electric fuses music, movement, sound, and dance with the spoken word and presents artists working in a wide range of styles including beatboxing, jazz and hip-hop theatre. This series has presented over 200 emerging poets from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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