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Mirrors at Theatre 80 St Marks

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Friends, spring is almost here, and I’ve got wonderful news for you! Mirrors, my first full-length play and recipient of the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Award, will receive a workshop production at Theatre 80 St Marks as part of the 2018 Downtown Urban Arts Festival. The show goes up Wednesday, April 25th and tickets are now on sale. Don’t procrastinate — get your tickets as soon as you can!

Mirrors by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Winner of the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Award
Directed by Kirya Traber
Produced by Roots and River Productions, Presented by Downtown Urban Arts Festival
with support from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8PM
Theatre 80 St. Marks
$20 General Admission

When 17 year-old Alma Jean finds her mother dead, she must pack up her life and move in with her mother’s ex-lover, a woman she doesn’t know. Her new guardian, Bird Wilson, is the town pariah and unused to sharing her home. Will mourning the death of a shared loved one bring Alma Jean and Bird together or push them further apart?

Design by Jamie N. Larson
Stage Management by Chiara H. Johnson

Featuring: Joyia D. Bradley, AnJu Hyppolite, Crystal Lucas-Perry*, Jordan Randolph, La Rivers, AnnMarie Sykes, and Jak Watson

(*indicates member of Actors Equity)

Please note that Mirrors will be presented alongside Marcus Scott’s short play Blood Orange, which has a run time of approximately 10 minutes.

 

Trans Lab Fellowship

I’m happy to share that I’m a member of the inaugural Trans Lab Fellowship! Last month we four playwrights/playwriting teams and two directors of Trans Lab had our very first meeting, led by MJ Kaufman. Over the course of the year, we’ll continue to meet monthly to share and strengthen our work.

In just under two weeks time, on Monday, February 19th, we’re having a Launch Party and Fundraiser, and you’re invited! (Click the link above to get your tickets. The theme is Lunar New Year Prom, and you don’t want to miss it.)

Plays by trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) writers are a rarity in American theater. As transgender stories are co-opted, commercialized, and misrepresented by cisgender writers, Trans Lab will support the creation of a critical mass of TGNC plays by TGNC writers.

Trans Lab’s programming, which is supported by WP Theater and The Public Theater, will include professional development sessions for fellows, and the year-long program will culminate in a series of readings of works developed in the lab. More details on those sharings of work as I have them. For now, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

Glass at JACK

Glass will receive a workshop production at JACK as part of their fall season. My collaborators and I are already hard at work, and we can’t wait to share this play with you. Save the date, friends! Or better yet, book your tickets now!

Glass by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Kirya Traber

Glass is an evening-length fantasia by playwright Azure Osborne-Lee that conjures a creation myth in which the gods of Life and Death wrestle for control of their world, trampling anyone who gets in their way. During their reign of terror, a woman refuses to bend to their will, and is forced to kill her own children. She retreats from the world to recover from her trauma, but she can’t stay hidden forever. Will she find the courage to stand up to her gods? In inventing this world, Osborne-Lee offers new imaginings of Anansi the Spider, Brer Rabbit, and other iconic black characters.

November 9-11, 2017 @ 8PM
JACK
505 1/2 Waverly Ave. between Fulton and Atlantic in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
C or G train to Clinton-Washington.

Tickets are $18.

Featuring: Pascal Arquimedes, Chrissy Etienne, Alfie Fuller, Heinley Gaspard, Starr Kirkland, Lori E. Parquet*, Erin M. Pettigrew, T Thompson, and Jak Watson (* indicates member of Actors Equity)​

Design by Miki Foster
Movement Direction by Alicia Raquel
Stage Management by Chiara Johnson
Costumes & Props by Jamie Larson
Produced by Roots and River Productions

 

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

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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

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“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