WHEN SHIT GOES DOWN, YOUR GIRLS SHOW UP
WED, APR 10, 2019
Doors open at 6PM (Show begins at 7PM)
Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 E 3rd ST
Hosted by LAUREN WALKER (MCC’s CHARM) with PAT BROWN, JOYELLE NICOLE JOHNSON & the CAST of BLKS.
Laugh, drink, and get an exclusive preview of BLKS, a hilarious new play at THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE that follows THREE BLACK, FEMALE and FUNNY twenty-somethings navigating NYC and their sex lives.
JOIN US for this one-night-only event that will also feature comedians navigating their own journey through laughs, perspectives, truths and lies in our NIGHT OF BLACK FEMALE COMEDY.
BLKS by AZIZA BARNES, directed by ROBERT O’HARA, runs APR 20 thru MAY 26 at MCC Theater. First 25 guests will be entered to win free tickets!
ABOUT BLKS by AZIZA BARNES
When shit goes down, your girls show up. As sharply funny as it is poignant, BLKS introduces us to Octavia, Imani, and June—three twenty somethings in NEW YORK CITY hunting for intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn’t seem to care. They drink a lot. They smoke a lot. They try to have sex. A lot.
When they need each other the most, the women rally to “resurrect their fly” in a day full of humorous and painful attempts to be heard through the noise that surrounds them. ROBERT O’HARA (BOOTY CANDY, MANKIND) directs. Poet AZIZA BARNES makes her playwriting debut which signifies the arrival of a wholly original voice.
Joyelle Nicole Johnson
Joyelle Nicole Johnson
“…it’s about PEOPLE not about a color. We are BLACK. And it’s also FUN to FRAZZLE people who then have to say it.”
“…I’m not interested in writing people who are miserable and sad. I’m INTERESTED IN PEOPLE WHO RUN FROM IT, creatively, until they can’t anymore.”
In CONVERSATION with the PLAYWRIGHT
The title is quite cheeky because the Chicago-based poet AVERY R. YOUNG coined the word BLKS because it’s about people not about a color. We are Black. And it’s also fun to frazzle people who then have to say it. Say it! We’re Black people. Cuz I was in school with a bunch of very delusional neo-liberal people who would say “I just don’t see race.” To which I say, “Bitch you better! What is wrong with you?” I see it as such a fearful erasure, it’s dangerous not to see, and it’s dangerous to say it’s not your politics.
In reflecting on my own experiences to write the play I realized my friends and I are fucking funny. It’s the thing to deal with the thing. Like the laugh so you don’t cry thing. I’m not interested in writing people who are miserable and sad. I’m interested in people who run from it, creatively, until they can’t anymore. So it’s a comedy. Like shit, please let it be a comedy. People are so fucking sad, it needs to be a comedy.
As outrageous as they are, that’s the only way they deal with it. I mean if they were like “dang my boyfriend cheated on me” and “dang my dad’s dead” and “dang I don’t know what my own brain is doing…” Jesus Christ no. I think of the horrors of my life, why I felt so out of my body and mind, like the only thing that would have helped was to laugh and to put on some makeup and a wig. It’s just horrifying, and you can’t walk around being horrified all the time.
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