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WHO WE ARE

EXILED TONGUES IS A NYC BASED THEATER COLLECTIVE THAT PROVIDES FINANCIAL, ARTISTIC AND COLLABORATIVE SUPPORT TO ARTISTS OF COLOR WHO CENTER DIASPORIC CONSCIOUSNESS. WE REALIZE THAT MAINSTREAM AMERICAN THEATER SUFFERS FROM A SEVERE LACK OF REPRESENTATION AND DESERVES SERIOUS DISCUSSION ON COLONIZATION AND THE LEGACY OF POST-COLONIALISM ESPECIALLY WITHIN THE AMERICAN CONTEXT. OUR PRODUCTIONS SHOWCASE THE COMPLEX STORIES OF BIPOC AND ACKNOWLEDGE INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITIES. WE USE OUR INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITIES AS A FORM OF THEATRICAL EMPOWERMENT AND SEEK TO MAKE CHANGE BEYOND THEATER AND INTO OUR COMMUNITIES.

THE TEAM

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RAY JORDAN ACHAN

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FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

DENA IGUSTI

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MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDING EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

ARLINE PIERRE-LOUIS

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FOUNDING EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

2020/2021 SEASON

THE 2020/2021 SEASON is EXILED TONGUES' inaugural season! Our first production, CUT WOMAN written by Dena Igusti and directed by Ray Jordan Achan premiered at the Prelude NYC  2020 Festival. Our next production, "CON DOUGH: Stories of 1 in 5 Gentrified", written by Dena Igusti and Ray Jordan Achan will premiere virtually at the Center at West Park in February 2021. We are also developing "La Violecion of My PapiYon, written by Arline Pierre-Louis. EXILED TONGUES has also started an Artist-in-Residency program which will provide $200 unrestricted microgrants to emerging artists of color in NYC to articulate a new future for American theater. Find out more about our programs and how to sign up below!

CON DOUGH: STORIES OF 1 in 5 GENTRIFIED

WRITTEN BY: DENA IGUSTI & RAY JORDAN ACHAN
DIRECTED BY:  RAY JORDAN ACHAN
PRODUCED BY:  EXILED TONGUES AND SHORT LINE REVIEW
RESIDENCY AT CENTER AT WEST PARK; PREMIERING IN FEBRUARY 2021

ABOUT: CON DOUGH IS A DOCUMENTARY THEATER PIECE THAT CAPTURES THE VIOLENCE GENTRIFICATION HAS DONE TO LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR ACROSS NEW YORK CITY.

See our Playbill posting here: https://bit.ly/39yqZwo

If you are interested in participating in this documentary piece, please email artistic@exiledtongues.com. 

IN DEVELOPMENT

LA VIOLECION OF MY PAPIYON

WRITTEN BY: ARLINE PIERRE-LOUIS

Set in the beautiful town of Jacmel, Haiti during the late Reagan/Baby Doc Era, Gylda and Angie are powerful sistas attempting to balance their daily lives while navigating through the in-betweens of surreality and lucid dreams. Meanwhile, an Erzulie awakening is underway for the sistas with no time for patience. This play is infused with Caribbean music and dance and breathes life and hope in a world that denigrates black lives.
**This show was originally scheduled for July 2020 but the production was put on hold due to COVID-19.**

CUT WOMAN

WRITTEN/PRODUCED BY: DENA IGUSTI

DIRECTED BY: RAY JORDAN ACHAN

CO-PRODUCED BY: EXILED TONGUES

CW: Descriptions of Female Genital Mutilation

 

Female Genital Mutilation comprises all procedures involving the full or partial removal of the clitoris or other injury to assigned female genital organs for non-medical reasons. 

 

https://www.endfgm.eu/female-genital-mutilation/what-is-fgm/

https://sahiyo.com/support-resources/

CUT WOMAN is a choreopoem based on Dena Igusti’s poetry about an Indonesian Muslim survivor of female genital mutilation navigating the loss of her people, body, and inevitable demise. She uses her body’s ghost, the internet, and webcams to realize what stays in a world shaped by what is and will be lost.

 

EXILED TONGUES

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY MICROGRANTS

APPLICATIONS FOR CYCLE 1 CLOSE ON NOV 1. RESIDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR ACCEPTANCE BY NOV 15TH.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR CYCLE 2 WILL OPEN ON NOVEMBER 15TH.

APPLY HERE:

EXILED TONGUES' INAUGURAL ARITST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE $200 UNRESTRICTED MICROGRANTS TO ARTISTS OF COLOR WHO ARTICULATE A NEW, INCLUSIVE FUTURE FOR AMERICAN THEATER. THIS RESIDENCY IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO ARTISTS WHO IDENTIFY AS BIPOC, OR BLACK AND ARE BASED IN NYC.

CONTACT EXILED TONGUES

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING YOUR SCRIPT FOR PRODUCTION OR FEEDBACK PLEASE EMAIL artistic@exiledtongues.com
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OR ANY MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE TEAM PLEASE EMAIL ray@exiledtongues.com
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