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EXILED TONGUES

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(RE)IMAGINING GREENPOINT GREEN WATERS

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 inaugural 2020/2021 season featured our first production, "CUT WOMAN", which was presented 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  premiered at The Tank in May 2021. "CON DOUGH" is a fiscally sponsored project by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

 

EXILED TONGUES' 2021/2022 season features, "Kept in the Dark" (New Ohio Theatre), "Diasporic Dreams From a Boy Who Wished He Could" (Rogue Theater Festival), "First Sight: A Queer Indonesian Love Story" (The Tank, Rogue Theater Festival), "(Re)imagining Greenpoint's Green Waters" ("Tending The Edge"), "Our Bang For Their Buck: No Pipeline for LNG" (recipient of the NYSCA 2022 Individual Artist Grant), "Querencia" (Jamaica Performing Arts Center), supported by the NYC City Artist Corps Grant "Mixed Asian Media Fest", "After the Cut" (Queens Theatre), supported by the City Artist Grant and"Ghana, Guinea, or Guatemala? A Historiography on Guyana by Jim Jones (Fifth Avenue Theater)

 

THE TEAM

RAY JORDAN ACHAN

he/him

FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

T.J. LEWIS

he/him

ARTISTIC AND INSTITUTIONAL CONSULTANT

ARLINE PIERRE-LOUIS

she/her

MANAGING DIRECTOR

2022/2023 SEASON

In our 2022/2023 Season, EXILED TONGUES is focused on the intersection of racial and climate justice - connecting marginalized communities with their waterfronts and educating local communities about pollution and climate emergencies. Additionally, in our third year we are committed to continue developing new works generated from our first two seasons. We believe strongly in the creative process and want to provide long term sustained commitments to all of artists. In February 2022, EXILED TONGUES premiered "Kept in the Dark" at the New Ohio Theater as part of their "Now In Process Series". On June 24, 25, Artistic Director Ray Jordan Achan is leading the first of many site-specific performances at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk as part of their project "(Re)Imagining Greenpoint's Green Waters". In Summer 2022, additional site-specific performances will be held along the North Brooklyn Pipeline route to raise awareness of it's harm as part of "Our Bang For Their Buck: No Pipeline for LNG"

2021/2022 SEASON

THE 2021/2022 season is EXILED TONGUES' second season! Our first production of the season "Diasporic Dreams From a Boy Who Wished He Could" written and directed by Ray Jordan Achan premiered at Rogue Theater Festival in July 2021. "First Sight: A Queer Indonesian Love Story" written and directed by Dena Igusti premiered at Rogue Theater Festival in July 2021, and premiered at the Tank's Lime Fest in August 2021. "Ghana, Guinea or Guatemala? A Historiography on Guyana by Jim Jones, a one-man show written, directed, and performed by Ray Jordan Achan premiered at the Fifth Avenue Theater in October 2021. EXILED TONGUES was a part of "Now In Process" at the New Ohio Theatre and produced, "Kept in the Dark", an original show written by Dena Igusti. 

 

We are developing two site specific documentary theater pieces, "(Re)Imagining Greenpoint's Green Waters", a piece about the history of environmental violence at Newtown Creek; and "Our Bang For Their Buck: No Pipeline For LNG", a piece documenting the experiences of activists and community members negatively affected by the proposed installation and extension of the North Brooklyn Pipeline, proposed by National Grid. "(Re)Imagining Greenpoint's Green Waters" was featured in "Tending The Edge", and "Our Bang For Their Buck" is the recipient of the 2022 NYSCA Individual Artist Grant. 

 

We co-sponsored, "Querencia", an original play by Artist-in-Resident, Francis Madi about a Venezuelan immigrant family dealing with the trials and tribulations of living in America while still connected to their land of origin. EXILED TONGUES has also co-sponsored the first annual, "Mixed Asian Media Fest", a five day festival filled with programming highlighting the diversity of talent amongst Asian creatives.

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 second 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  premiered 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!

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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
PREMIERIED 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.

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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

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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.