Amber Flame - "Hands Above the Covers: Hairy Palms & Other Nightmares of a Church Kid.”
Amber Flame’s one-woman play takes us through the range of spiritual experience with both humor and intent. Through a series of interviews with adults of various faiths, Hands Above the Covers recalls the scary, sad, and downright ridiculous beliefs we had as children and the strange way those beliefs have of appearing as adults. This work incorporates movement and music to talk about superstition and ritual, as well as the practices of faith, from the brash young Christian binding his enemies on the playground in the name of Jesus to the half-Jewess adopting Jewish male rituals as an adult.
Amber Flame is a writer, composer and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and Yefe Nof. Flame joins the Hugo House in Seattle as the 2017 poetry Writer-in-Residence, and is a queer Black single mama just one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.
Angel Gardner Dis(robe)
Audience members will experience an impactful, intense journey through self expression and multilayered love through theatrical poetry. Angel Gardner will push through the walls of stigmatized mental illness in the black community and share openly and shamelessly about sex and reclaiming the body after trauma.
Po’ Chop - Dynamite
Dynamite is an exploration into memory and masculinity. It is the re-imagining of traditions. It is finding one’s self within the legacies of those who came before us.
Hell bent on creating a repertoire that would incite conversations regarding notions of gender, race and sexual prowess, Jenn Freeman created burlesque persona, Po’Chop. With over a decade of dance training that includes studying at Columbia College Chicago. Po’Chop uses elements of dance, storytelling and striptease to create performances that are described by Chicago critics as “...the most provocative symbol of might onstage...it was as if Po’Chop had captured lightning in a bottle and the bottle was herself.”
With an indescribable ferocity and an unmatched craving to create images that edified the black experience and place the black queer body in a position of vulnerability and power, Po’Chop has seared across many US stages. From New Orleans, Kansas City, Minneapolis, St. Louis to New York, where Po’Chop performed at the Brooklyn Museum in Brown Girls Burlesque’s BodySpeaks. Po’Chop has been a cast member of the wildly successful Jeezy’s Juke Joint (JJJ), an all black burlesque revue, since inception in 2012 and serves on the JJJ board as Workshop Coordinator. Po’Chop was selected as the recipient of the Chances Dances Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant in 2015.
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Anastasia-Renee - 9 Ounces
Written by Anastacia Tolbert, stars Alice, Luna, and Saraphina. Using the audience as mirror, epiphany, and diary, three narratives crochet themselves around evolving frames. This unkempt, de-ribboned braid dangling crooked parts is not to be missed.
Anastacia-Renee is a queer writer of color, performance artist, creative writing workshop facilitator and activist. She is the current Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House. She has received writing fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale. Her theatrical mixed-media project, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show, is a multivalent play unapologetically downward dogging its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany. Anastacia-Renee is the Author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press) and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) Her poetry, prose, fiction and nonfiction has appeared in: Revise the Psalm, Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Bone Bouquet, Duende, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch and many more.
Namii - Swing
Swing is a one womyn show that depicts a queer black womyn’s journey through playground politics, and how these rules and regulations can dictate our self worth and sexual experiences. Namii weaves spokenword,dance, and burlesque into an evening of eroticism, abuse and forgiveness and strips down to the nitty gritty, both figuratively and literally.
Namii-Namii is a gender bending feminist performer that embraces her boyish charm with her seductive moves and uses her body to take you on a journey into her bizarre world of tassel twirls and freedom marches.
Here in the Northwest, when someone thinks of a dynamic example of an “Afro-punk” vocalist, Om Johari is one name which will be affirmed. Many will remember her as the original singer and founding member of the all female AC/DC tribute band, Hells Belles, in addition to being the singer/songwriter for Dragonfly (eletronica), and Micron 7 (with Reggie Watts). After recently returning to her home town, Seattle, from an 8 year stint living and touring in Europe, she has already founded a Bad Brains tribute band called Re-Ignition, and is producing shows such as the Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway review, a Nina Simone showcase, and returning to theater. Johari's repertoire of songs highlighting her eclectic singer-songwriter roots, and diverse musical style. However, her theatrical pieces will cause many audiences to reflect on the intersectionalities of this nation known as America, and the diverse identities which make up our society.