On a journey where we all are given the chance to wrestle with the question ‘What makes me hard to love?’, a young, black, queer, HIV positive boy is lost on his way to a date. A date with who? His father? The cute guy at Popeyes? A white supremacist? God? Neptune can be described as a sexy bedtime story, a rumor, or that poignant thing your grandma once said. A poetic contemporary spin on the fairytale tradition, this remarkable performance exposes the violence, grace, humanity, prejudice, wit and other shards of our lived complexities.
Writer, poet, and performer Timothy DuWhite is the Program Manager at New York Writers Coalition, and served as Program Coordinator at Urban Word NYC. His work explores the experience of being black, queer, HIV positive and having to either navigate or evade varying state apparatuses to remain alive, and has been featured at the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Dixon Place, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, and La Mama Etc. Tim’s work has garnered him appearances/keynote speeches at institutions such as San Diego State University, Columbia University, Oregon State University and Columbia College Chicago.
Zhailon Levingstonis a writer, director, performing artist, and activist. He co-founded #WORDSONWHITE, an arts and activism campaign and is an artist in resident for Columbia Law School. He recently directed “The Exonerated” at Columbia Law School and associate directed “Primer for a Failed Super Power” with Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin. He also directed the play “Chariot part 2” for The Movement theatre Company at Soho Rep and was associate director for the Genesis plays at the 14th street Y! Plays written include: 16 Bars The Musical (National Black Theatre Reading, AMDA College) The Hole (JAG Fest in Vermont, The American AF Festival)
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 6:30pm