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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 PEOPLE OF THE GLOBAL MAJORITY 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.

Our first production, "CUT WOMAN" was featured at the Prelude NYC 2020 Festival. Our second production, "CON DOUGH: Stories of 1 in 5 Gentrified" was commissioned by the Center at West Park in February 2021, and will premiere at The Tank in May 2021. "CON DOUGH" is a fiscally sponsored project by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Upcoming productions include: "Diasporic Dreams From a Boy Who Wished He Could" (Rouge Theater Festival).

 

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 premiered at the Center at West Park in February 2021 and will premiere at the Tank in May 2021. Our upcoming production,"Diasporic Dreams From a Boy Who Wished He Could" will premiere at Rogue Theater Festival in July 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; PREMIERED IN FEBRUARY 2021
PREMIERING AT THE TANK ON TUESDAY, MAY 11TH AT 7PM

ABOUT: CON DOUGH: STORIES OF 1 in 5 GENTRIFIED is a new documentary theater piece that captures the violence gentrification has done to low income communities and communities of color across NYC. It uses a culmination of interviews from residents, students, organizers, and educators that have grown up in the NYC for over a decade as well as project leaders Dena Igusti and Ray Jordan Achan’s personal experiences as born and raised New Yorkers that have been traumatized by gentrification. The production highlights the way the constant fear of displacement affects New York identity, and what it means to call a place that neglects your livelihood “home." By bringing community awareness around the issues of gentrification and how it is inextricably linked to racial and class politics, writers Achan and Igusti strive to give marginalized communities a voice and motivate individuals to demand accountability from their elected leaders.

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

CON DOUGH: STORIES OF 1 IN 5 GENTRIFIED IS A FISCALLY SPONSORED PROJECT BY THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS. DONATIONS TO THIS PROJECT ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. 

                   DONATE HERE: bit.ly/2Z1jh9k

There will be a livestream of the performance on Friday, February 26th at 7:30pm and two prerecorded performances on Saturday February 27th at 7:30pm and Sunday February 28 at 2:30pm. TICKETS ARE $10 and are available to purchase here.

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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