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!
WRITTEN/PRODUCED BY: DENA IGUSTI
DIRECTED BY: RAY JORDAN ACHAN
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
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.
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 PARK WEST; 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.
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.**