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Crooked Parts at Cherry Lane Theatre

DUAF-Logo-1I’m so excited to share that my full-length play Crooked Parts has been selected for the 15th Annual Downtown Urban Arts Festival! For one night only Crooked Parts will be staged at Cherry Lane Theatre. Seating is limited, and the show is expected to sell out, so don’t wait to get your tickets!

Crooked Parts by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Kirya Yvonne Traber
Featuring: Suzanne Darrell, Jamil AC Mangan, Tanisha Thompson, Jak Watson, and Ileya Williams

Freddy, a black queer trans man, returns to his family home in the South after his fiancé breaks up with him. Once there, Freddy must navigate the tension created by his transition and his brother’s serial incarceration. Crooked Parts is poignant, queer, funny, and definitely definitely black.

Downtown Urban Arts Festival
Friday, May 12th @ 7PM
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, New York City
Tickets are $21

I can’t wait to share this special moment with you!

Can’t attend but still want to support the production? Make a tax-deductible donation via Fractured Atlas!

Little Theatre at Dixon Place

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I’m presenting new work in Little Theatre, curated by Casey Llewellyn, as part of HOT! Festival this coming Monday. The lineup is amazing and I’m super excited! I hope to see you there.

Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 7:30PM

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie b/n Delancey & Rivington
(F/V 2nd Ave; 6 Bleecker; JMZ Bowery)

Tickets: $15 online; $18 at the door; $12 for Students, Seniors, and idNYC holders
For more information, call (212) 219-0736, or browse www.dixonplace.org

RSVP and invite your friends via Facebook

YOUR HEALING IS KILLING ME
written and performed by Virginia Grise
directed by Emily Mendelsohn

One artist’s reflection on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, near-blindness, ansia, testosterone and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings, the master cleanse, and kickstarter funded self-care. Based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, and bourgie dermatologists. Part performance, part lecture, part therapy (cuz her insurance doesn’t cover it) this performance manifesto is unprocessed, gluten and guilt free. Because Capitalism is toxic and The Revolution is not in your body butter.

VECTOR
new work by Azure D. Osborne-Lee

Q: What’s the difference between rabbits and hares?
A: Who picks up the pieces when a virus runs amok.

A PERFORMANCE
by Cecilia Gentili

Originally from Argentina, Cecilia worked at the LGBT Center, Apicha CHC and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at GMHC. She was a contributor to Trans Bodies Trans Selves and is a board member at Translatina Network. That’s for work. For fun, she acts sometimes and loves doing storytelling events where she talks about her life experiences and she cooks amazing brunchs for her friends on the weekends. She is very passionate about advocating for her community, and mostly for transgender women with a Latino background, sex work history, drug use and incarceration history

THE BEAUTY OF PRINCESS CARTER
created and performed by Princess Carter

Are you ready to be entertained?

A READING
by Nia Witherspoon

Crooked Parts at National Black Theatre

Crooked Parts

Please join me in Harlem Monday, June 13th for a reading of my full-length play Crooked Parts at National Black Theatre. I’m really very excited to work with this amazing creative team. It should be a great time! Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing via theFacebook event page.

Crooked Parts by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Kirya Yvonne Traber
Featuring: Suzanne Darrell, Kevin R Free, Jarvis Griggs, Tasneem Nathari, Tanisha Thompson, and Ileya Williams

29 year-old Freddy has returned home to his nuclear family after a terrible break-up. 12 year-old Winifred is struggling to create a more socially acceptable version of herself. What happens when life doesn’t turn out as expected? How do you build from the crooked parts of your own identity?

Keep Soul Alive! Reading Series
Monday, June 13th @ 7:30PM
National Black Theatre
2031 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Admission is FREE with a suggested donation of $10

I hope to see you there!

Glass in The Fire This Time Festival

12471625_10107081994513100_8235387723456818332_oThe first full reading of my new play GLASS will take place on January 25th as part of The Fire This Time Festival. Some of you may have attended readings of excerpts of this work over the past year, most notably as part of Keep Soul Alive! Mondays at National Black Theatre and Everybooty at BAM. After spending some quality time with the text at the Lambda Literary Retreat in June, I came back to Brooklyn and finished the first draft of GLASS. Come see how it all shakes out!

GLASS
Written by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb

Featuring: Simone Leanora, Kirya Yvonne Traber, Alicia Raquel, Ramad D. Carter, Erin Margaret Pettigrew, Ariel Joshua Domingo, Jak Watson, Jordan E. Cooper, Cameron Mitchell Mason, Raven Cassell, and Antonio Lyons

Two figures meet at a crossroads and strike a bargain. Lightning splits the ground between them, and a handful of witnesses creep forward to claim pieces of lightning-forged glass. Elsewhere, in Mississippi, Early May tends to his deeply depressed wife as he watches the roads leading into town.

Admission is FREE, but please do make a reservation so we know you’re coming.
http://www.horsetrade.info/event/12cd0d7b774fd2802b2c6c8785b92b3d

Angry Women REvisited

angry-404x270I’ll be performing with 14 other amazing artists in Angry Women REvisited at HERE Arts Center from April 3rd – 6th. Here’s the official description of the show:

“Sublimely fantastic and inherently complex, Angry Women REvisited is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-disciplinary fifteen-person ensemble performance reexploring the 1990s classic feminist text. Think chainsaws, menstruation, everywoman demos, war, queer dance parties, amplified tender moments, interruptions, rage, academia, death, gender boxes, working-class queers working for rock stars, self-care as a strategy for dissent, and a good old dose of feminist humor. This charged wild epic journey and visual escapade embodies experimental conversations about feminism, queerness, race, and identity as it compares and contrasts 1990s feminist impulses to those of the contemporary moment.”

Shows are expected to sell out, so get your tickets now! Don’t live in New York City? Going to be out of town during the run? We have an Indiegogo campaign running to raise money to cover the costs incurred while mounting the show, including rehearsal space and theatre rental. Please consider donating the cost of a ticket (or more!) if you can.

We’re all very excited to see our hard work come to fruition and to share a moment with you. I look forward to seeing your lovely face in the audience!

Angry Women REvisited
Conceived and Directed by J Dellecave
April 3rd-6th, 2014
HERE Arts Center
145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10013

Equilibrium

6794_10102947370707350_1096697549_nSpring has come and gone, and now with the arrival of summer, I’m happy to share with you the new of other changes that have been wrought in my life. I am now based in Austin, TX again, and I’m branching out into photography in earnest. I’m pleased to share with you all that my photograph, “Small Golden Blessing,” was featured as the cover photograph of Equilibrium Magazine, Issue 48. You can check it out here.

To the left is a picture my friend took of me at the LOST Show at Grumpy Bert in February. That particular print of “Small Golden Blessing” is now up at Black Women’s Blueprint in Brooklyn. If you don’t know about Black Women’s Blueprint, they’re doing some tremendous work. Visit their website and if you’re in NYC, visit them in person.

But I digress, yes, change is afoot in my life. (Thanks a lot, Saturn!) I am now based in Texas once again, but I am looking forward to continuing to travel for my work. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in Philadelphia as I made my way down South, and I had a really great time there. I can’t to go back and visit my artist friends, most especially the good people at The New Black.

Anyway, stay tuned. I promise to post more updates to let you know what I’m up to. There’s a whole lot brewing here in the Lone Star State!

Photo by Jamie Larson

Lost in Brooklyn

lost_show_front_1It’s been quite some time since I last posted on my personal website. 2012 was a whirlwind, starting out with emergency surgery and seeing me working in various capacities with two companies that are very dear to my heart — Roots and River Productions and Half Moon House. It many ways, it was a wild and chaotic year, a year of radical transformation, and a year in which I spent much less time focusing on promoting my personal artistic practice.

But 2013 is now upon us and we’ve just experienced a Universal reboot. I’m excited to share with you all that one of my photographs will be included in the LOST show at Grumpy Bert in Brooklyn. Photos will be on display from January 26th to February 24th. Some prints, including mine, will be for sale. The show is kicking off with a reading and reception on January 26th. I hope that those of you who are local to New York City will come out and say hello. I won’t be based in the Big Apple for too much longer. But that’s a post for another day…

**Update** I’ll be reading a couple of poems in the show as well. So come at 6pm!

LOST 
Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St, Brooklyn, NY
Reading — January 26 @ 6pm

Reception – January 26th @ 8pm
Show runs from Jan 26th – Feb 24th

Poetic Flow

I have officially moved back to New York City, having finished my coursework for my M.A. I live in Brooklyn and I’m loving it! Excitingly, my work of late has taken a turn for the poetic. Over the summer, I decided that I wanted to focus on my poetry again. (My poetry was published years ago, but since then I have been devoting my writing energies to theatre.)

So I applied to Cave Canem‘s fall poetry workshops and was accepted to both! For the past few weeks, I have been attending poetry workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I have been writing a lot. I have to say that it feels good to immerse myself in verse.

Both workshops are culminating poetry readings that are open to the public. See details below:

November 10, 6:30 pm
Breaking Line, Building Lyric: A Reading
Participants in Cave Canem’s Fall New York City Workshop share poems honed in class. Instructor Linda Susan Jackson hosts. Reception to follow. Wheelchair accessible.

November 15, 6:30 pm
Poetry Conversations: A Reading
Participants in Cave Canem’s Fall Poetry Conversations share poems honed in class. Instructor Bakar Wilson hosts. Reception to follow. Wheelchair accessible.

Cave Canem
20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A
Brooklyn, NY

In August, I participated in Ana-Maurine Lara’s online art/performance project, 36daysweeksmonthsyearsliftetimes (36 for short). Dozens of artists from all over contributed to 36, and I’m happy to say that my poem “Homeland” was included in the project. Check out my poem here, or better yet, explore all of 36.

In other news, I am honored to say that in September, I was selected as a finalist for the Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab. Also in September, Roots and River Productions kicked of the Emerging Artist Mentorship Program. Pictures from the welcome dinner can be found on our facebook page. If you haven’t been keeping up with Roots and River, you are missing out!

All in all, it has been a time of immense beauty, change, and productivity for me. I look forward to seeing what the near future holds.

Photo by Azure D. Osborne-Lee

Roots and River Productions

I am pleased to announce the formation of the new Brooklyn-based company Roots and River Productions. Roots and River’s mission is to cultivate and support creative work grounded in the community. The company serves as a home for artists of color in the New York City metropolitan area. Roots and River is an incubator for new work, a site of artistic exploration, and an agency for community outreach.

Roots and River’s primary programming includes a mentorship program designed to pair emerging black queer artists, especially those just coming out of college, with established artists in their field. Roots and River also produces the Voicebox Writing Workshops, which were originally developed in London, UK by Artistic Director Azure D. Osborne-Lee in collaboration with New Shoes Theatre and Central School of Speech & Drama. Look for the Voicebox Workshops and the Voicebox method of creating new work this summer in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas and this fall in New York City!

Roots and River Productions has a particular interest in supporting the work of emerging interdisciplinary and performing artists. In 2012 Roots and River will kick off an artist residency program. Find out more about Roots and River Productions at our website or on facebook

Roots and River is currently completely funded by contributions from the community. Please consider supporting us by making a donation via our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.

Roots and River Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Roots and River Productions must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Artwork by Autumn Mackey

Two Weeks ’til Texas!

Winter has finally moved on and the winds of change are a-blowin’ here in the Empire State. As the weather heats up, I am in the process of selling off my New Yorkly belongings in preparation to spend some serious quality time in Texas this summer. There are less than two weeks left until I board a JetBlue flight to Houston, TX. Once I touch down in Texas, I’ll have less than 24 hours to say hello to my folks before I have to pack up my car and drive up to Austin, TX to start rehearsals for SYCORAX. The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy for me, but it’s all well worth it.

In other news, May 19th will make one year since I moved to New York City in 2009, and I have to say that it’s been a rich and dynamic year. I feel unbelievably grateful for my supportive family and friends. So many great things have happened in the past year. Here’s a small recap of my year in art, lest it be forgotten.

I started the summer off interning with Freedom Train Productions and writing educational workbooks in my subleased Harlem apartment. I made lots of awesome contacts and gained invaluable experience working for FTP. One of the definite highlights of the summer was my participation in FTP’s Open Workshop, a community playwriting workshop, in which I wrote my one act play CROOKED PARTS and formed some lasting artistic relationships with the other participants.  As the summer closed, I finished my internship with FTP and moved further uptown to Inwood, Manhattan. In October, after returning from Fire & Ink: Cotillion in Austin, TX, I started a new internship with Sundance Institute Theatre Program and saw the New York debut of CROOKED PARTS in FTP’s We Were All Artists Once.

In the new year things started to speed up. I applied and was admitted to graduate school in London. I became a resident playwright at Freedom Train Productions, and CROOKED PARTS was featured at Brooklyn Arts Exchange as part of Black and White: Performing the Personal/Political. 2010 promises to continue to be eventful as I make my way through the wide world of arts. Stay tuned for more information on how to buy tickets for SYCORAX, news on the debut of my newest work with Freedom Train Productions, and the skinny on CROOKED PARTS coming to Texas. I promise to let you know the very latest as it happens. Cheers!

 Photo by Flickr user qthrul