Jun 10, 2022
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Jun 12, 2022

La MaMa's Squirts: Past // Present // Future

Curated by Alexander Paris

Featuring Roger Q Mason, Alexander Paris, Gara Lonning, Linda La, Joanie Drago, June Buck, Synead, Qween Jean, Linda Simpson, Kevin Aviance, Claywoman, STEFA*, Tahtianna Fermin, Crackhead Barney, MTHR TRSA, and Klondyke

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La MaMa presents La MaMa's Squirts: Past // Present // Future. The intergenerational queer performance festival enters its 10th year with new curation and direction by Alexander Paris, following the success of Squirts 2020 (Digital), and succeeding former director and creator Dan Fishback. This year's festival focuses on time as a thematic anchor, with each day offering a different focal point (Past, Present, and Future). Join a star-studded lineup of downtown legends and up-and-coming performers of the new Brooklyn vanguard.

JUNE 10: THE PAST

Roger Q Mason
Alexander Paris
Gara Lonning
Linda La
Tahtianna Fermin

MTHR TRSA

JUNE 11: THE PRESENT

Joanie Drago
June Buck
Synead
Qween Jean
Crackhead Barney

JUNE 12: THE FUTURE

Linda Simpson
Kevin Aviance
Claywoman
STEFA*
Klondyke

La MaMa's Squirts 2022 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council District 25. Additional support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Special thank you to former NYC Council Member, Daniel Dromm.

Alt text: A photo by Mthr Trsa of an anonymous, faceless figure in a head-to-toe satiny purple morph suit sits in the foreground against a hot tulip pink backdrop, their legs bent and torso tilted slightly forward almost inquisitively. Lime green text around the image’s perimeter reads “Presented by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. La MaMa’s Squirts 2022. Curated by Alexander Paris. June 10, 11, 12. 8pm. La MaMa, the Downstairs, 66 East 4th Street. NYC.”

The artist poses, standing with their hands slightly out to the sides, in a spotlight in a completely red space, with dyed red hair, red makeup between their eyes, nails painted red, and a suede blue skirt and jacket, over black tights and black heeled pumps.
Photo by MTHR TRSA

Alexander Paris is a multidisciplinary performance artist, playwright, and curator. Their work is often seen as performance art at the intersection with theatre, stand up, drag, and film. They have had fellowships with University Settlement, Clubbed Thumb, The Lark, and the New Visions Fellowship. Favorite projects of 2021 include Legacy's The Black Beginning—a video cabaret presented with Ars Nova; as co-writer and performer with Hannah Kallenbach in Bullshit at JACK; in drag artist Mthr Trsa's HOLE PICS; as an actor in Raja Feather Kelly's The Kill One Race, a faux relity show presented by Playwrights Horizons; as well as unrest, a roving immersive play by Curb Alert, presented in Oakland, CA. They perform and produce a monthly experimental drag review with Voxigma Lo and Julie J at Purgatory (Brooklyn) called Sylvester.

David Lee Sierra is an artist and writer. She practices and researches performance and production in many contexts, performing and producing her own work and that of other artists. Sierra reads and writes about sex, science, fiction, and language. She creates text, dance, video, sound, images, installation, and public programming. Her artistic practices are concerned with embodied experiences of movement and sound in procedural settings, horror, and medical technology. Sierra is the Digital Media Editor for Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

A person in front of a sunset wears a gray, tangled wig with aging makeup, and leans over a red and brown stick. They wear ragged brown clothes and look into the middle distance.
Photo by Brian Vu

Claywoman is a 500 year old extra-terrestrial from the Mirillion Galaxy.  She frequently visits Earth, her favorite planet, giving lectures at various events and engaging in public conversation with prominent human artists and intellectuals.

Michael Cavadius is an actor/writer and performer.  Film and TV credits include Wonder Boys, All We Had, I Remember Nothing, Girls, and Difficult People. Theatre credits include Ahohni’s “She Who Saw Beautiful Things” at The Kitchen and “Star Odessey - The Pilot” at MoMA PS1.  Claywoman was originally created at Blackips Performance Cult in the 90s and developed at Mabou Mines with Ruth Maleczech. More recently,  The Mystery of Claywoman was presented at The New Museum, The Wild Project, Town Hall, Abrons Art Center and Howl Festival. Conversations with Claywoman was featured at The Meltdown Festival in London and continues regularly at Pangea in New York City. IG: @claywomanhello

In a blurry image, someone sits on the floor, singing into a microphone and seeming to dance, wearing revealing clothes, a messy blonde wig, and sneakers with socks. Behind them, two people look on amusingly from chairs.

Crackhead Barney is an anomaly, a coward, a harlot, a whore, and a sidepiece! She or he doesn’t know what the fuck she is doing half the fucking time and you know it and I know it! Shit writing this right here just proves it! But who Gives a FUCK! You don’t give a fuck! I don’t give a FUCK and neither do you! I just flailing my Ass, pUSSY, and Tits around because they are big enough to be in everybody’s faces? Crackhead Barney is not a performer, not a loud mouth, not a provocateur, is bad with words and has no business performing in the streets of NYC!

A pale, freckled artist with yellow nail polish, short blonde hair, and a metallic-looking dress faces right, crouched with their hands in front of their head, but looks at us over their right shoulder mischievously.

Gara (they/them) is a performance artist, writer and comedian based in NYC. They started performing in the New York City nightlife scene at 19 and now, 5 years later have shared their stories on many different iconic stages like MoMa PS1, Union Hall, Dixon Place, The Bell House and more!

A person with curly, blonde hair looks up and to the right, their face and some hair covered in white frosting and rainbow sprinkles. The image shows the top half of their torso, bare except for a brown fabric falling off their nipple.

June Buck is a drag performer and theatre artist. She performs most frequently as her drag persona JUST JUNE. She is a producer of IN LIVING COLOR, a Brooklyn-based drag show presented by Junior Mintt. Inspired by a production of Barney Live she saw when she was 4 and her layman's study of historical materialism, Buck plays with spectacle in an attempt to expand our understanding of what could be possible.

Joanie Drago is a transgender writer, comedian, and clown based in Brooklyn. Before the pandemic she was a house performer at Upright Citizens Brigade, now she makes memes and runs her mouth. Joanie teaches satire and comedy writing for the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive and for the Dramatists Guild of America, and her plays have been seen at Pig Iron, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Edinburgh Fringe. Follow her on instagram at @joaniedrago_unofficial.

A performer beckons to the distant left emotionally, as paint drips down their cheeks and white shirt and purple and blue light floods the image.

Wesley Olivier Graham Garlington (Klondyke) graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Theatre, and Film. An experimental singer, musical theatre composer, and drag performer Wes performs gender non conforming drag as Klondyke in Brooklyn whiles working toward recording their second musical, Scarecrow. A bit about Klondyke from their personal bio: “Klondyke is an extraterrestrial tragg*t, spawn of a black hole and a supernova, raised by a 4th dimensional rockstar. They hail from a small T4T queer punk rave planet and has (crash) landed on Earth to give SHOOOWS!”

The artist eyes the camera intensely, sitting in front of a tie-dyed fabric, wearing a pink-and-blue tie-dyed hoodie and pink pants.

Linda La is an international, multidisciplinary performer, recording artist, writer, teacher, curator, host, and model from the Boogie Down Bronx, New York. Her work infuses elements of music and movement with spoken word and experimental theater. Born out of the NYC Mainstream/Kiki Vogue Ballroom Scene, her experimental sound has been articled in both AFROPUNK and The Fader. Last year, she made her television film debut in the role of Swan on the finale of the hit series POSE on FX. Currently she resides on Munsee-Lenape land, finalizing her first studio recording project set to include original music and poetry. Her work can be found on all streaming platforms and archived at the Brooklyn Museum in the “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall” exhibit. Find out more at Lindala.world. Accepting tips and donations via Cash App or Venmo @LindaLaFM

In front of a gray, vignette background, an artist with long, wavy, auburn hair, pink lipstick, long gold earrings, and a striped, black and gold, sleeveless top looks at the camera excitedly, with her body facing slightly to our left

Since the late 1980s, Linda Simpson has been a multi-faceted drag queen as a nightlife promoter, journalist, playwright, actress and game-show hostess. Her photos of NYC’s drag scene in the 1980s and ‘90s are featured in her photo book The Drag Explosion, which is also title of her touring slideshow.

A spotlight is on the performer, standing in front of an outcropping of dry rocks. They wear a sheer black bodysuit with decorative sequins, long silver earrings, black half-calf boots, and white acrylic nails on their fingers, but not thumbs. They look at the camera seriously, and we can see the top of the rocks behind them.

MTHR TRSA, also known as Dylan Thomas is a queer visual artist, photographer and performance artist based in New York City. Dylan is a curator and produces a live series called HOLE PICS, a performance art series that showcases diverse queer performers in Brooklyn, New York. Dylan uses their curation and photography practice as a way to bring visibility and funding back into queer spaces. She loves watching sunsets, unhinged theatre, and orange wine.

The performer wears feminine makeup and stares straight on at a camera that only captures their head and shoulders, with an American flag in the far background.

Roger Q. Mason (they/them, playwright and voice performer) was recently dubbed by the Brooklyn Rail as "quickly becoming one of the most significant playwrights of the decade."  Their work has been seen on Broadway (Circle in the Square Reading Series); Off and Off-Off-Broadway, regionally, and digitally.  Mason is a proud member of Page 73's Interstate 73 Writers Group, Primary Stages Writing Cohort, and the Dramatists Guild.

David Gonzalez (he/him, sound designer) A passionate musician since childhood, David Gonzalez is an accomplished composer based in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in film, television, stage, and video games. From feature films like Working Man, starring Oscar-Nominee Talia Shire, Peter Gerety (The Wire), and Billy Brown, to short films like Birdwatching, starring Amanda Seyfried, and Emmy Winning web series Break A Hip, David's music enriches and enlivens the pictures on the screen. His work can also be heard on Switched at Birth and How I Met Your Mother, helping to bring these popular small-screen stories to life.

The performer looks at the camera over their left shoulder, wearing a gray and blue suit with a plaid bowtie.

James A. Pierce III (they/them/jimmy, performer) AUDELCO Award Winner (The Dark Star From Harlem; La Mama E.T.C) 9 Year BROADWAY Veteran: Anastasia (Original Broadway Cast), The Lion King NY THEATRE: 여종업원과 남자도적 (PS21/Dixon Place), Jubilee for a New Vision (MCC Theatre), Members of the Choir (Chain Theatre), Kinky Choreopoems and Waafrika 123 (National Queer Theater) VIRTUAL: Powerhouse (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Veterans’ Voices Playwrighting Presentation (New York Theatre Workshop), Training Tips with Jacoby Black (24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues), A Year in Space (Arts on Site/Dixon Place) REGIONAL: Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), On The Town (Papermill Playhouse) DANCE COMPANIES: Martha Graham, Ballet Met Columbus, Ballet Hispanico, Ailey 2, Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

The artist looks at the camera, lit blue on the left and pink on the right, holding carnations behind their head, wearing a brown scarf, white shirt, and blue blazer.

Gaven D. Trinidad (they/he/siya, director) is a Filipinx American playwright-director-dramaturg and arts administrator. Their work examines the intersections of social justice, race, queerness, and mental health. They’ve worked at 2nd Stage, The Juilliard Drama Division, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and National Queer Theater. Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist 2021; TCG 2021 Rising Leaders of Color; Orchard Project Greenhouse Lab 2022-23; UMass Amherst MFA Dramaturgy 2018; New York Theatre Workshop’s Community Engagement Associate. www.gaventrinidadtheatre.com

The artist looks directly at the camera, wearing a headscarf and shirt of the same bright colors, along with a necklace showing a face, adn gold hoop earrings. Two people seem to be having a conversation behind her.

Tahtianna Fermin is an inspiring model , an Ordained Minister; the founder and CEO of Bridges4Life, @tgncbridges4life  www.Bridges4Life.org which works to help teens and young adults on the street and in foster care become responsible, self-sufficient, confident and educated adults. Bridges4Life provides housing, preparation for adulthood involved in the SexTrade specifically Black Trans Sex Workers and Sex Trafficking survivors. Tahtianna provides  prevention services, and assists young people in negotiating aging-out services within the foster care system. Bridges4Life’s works within existing programs and resources to leverage new opportunities for the teens and young adults involved in the program, empowering social change agencies to develop local strategies for urban service, Tatiana is also CEO and chair president of The National LGBTQ Workers Center’s NYC chapter, serving on the Center’s National Board as its New York Liaison. A community activist since 2008, Tahtianna has been a Community Follow-Up Worker (CFW) at Housing Works Inc., a recovery coach and patient navigator at The Alliance For Positive Change, amongst other initiatives, as well as speaking at the Presidential debate in 2008 for Barack Obama, Tahtianna was a key element, in the implementation of hormonal therapy through Medicaid. Tahtianna is a WIFE , a Mother , a daughter and most importantly a sibling of our community.

A black-and-white photo shows a woman’s face, with her hands posed in front. She wears long acrylic nails and feminine makeup, and she looks directly into the camera.

The Revelator Qween Jean is a New York City based Costume Designer who has designed over 50 shows and counting. She has fully committed her voice to the advocacy of marginalized communities, emphasizing Black Trans people. She is currently among few costuming professionals in the NYC theatre who live their trans identities out loud- while making an effort to ensure she is not the last. Qween founded the Black Trans Liberation in 2020. The organization aims to provide access and employment resources for the TGNC community. Through this work, she has organized community events, protests, and mutual aid drives to denounce the actions of a disenfranchised system and call for an end to racism and white supremacy. She is a firm believer in the preservation and support of Black Trans people and a testament to how one can thrive when adequately paid, supported, and loved. “Hire the girls” is her motto. In 2021 Qween was MOMA PS1’s artist in residency and co-curated Memoriam and Deliverance. This installation called awareness of the last five years of transphobic and fatal violence while celebrating Black Trans leaders in the community. She was also the opening speaker for the March on Washington March on for Voting Rights. Qween has an MFA in Design from NYU Tisch.

The photo shows the artist from the waist up, wearing blue jeans and a white, cropped button-up, standing in front of a light beige wall. One eye is covered by her long, dark locs, and the other looks into the camera.

Synead Cidney Nichols is a queer poly-disciplinary performance artist & expressionist based in New York City. Her inspiration is deeply rooted in her quest for community healing, self-awareness, and the freedom and creative advancement of queer, black and indigenous people of color. Synead is not bound by genre or stereotype, but bound to the varied experiences we all share as humans. She has appeared in a number of works including award winning independent film Poets Are The Destroyers directed by Nancy Pop, Mercy Mistress executive produced by Maragret Cho, The Shed’s Open Call Series as part of Nia Witherspoon’s Dark Girl Chronicles as well as Drama Desk nominated jazz opera, The Hang.

"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time."— Angela Y. Davis. This is what inspires her to create.

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La MaMa's Squirts gathers some of the most exciting voices from New York City’s queer performance world, across the generations. Over three nights, curator Alexander Paris sculpts the fabric of queer community to pose questions, honor legacies and ignite the present. Join us as we celebrate those who paved the way, and uplift new voices and perspectives from the individualistic, yet multiplistic, Gen Z lens.

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