Last night I saw Aurin Squire’s new play “Submerged from All Sides…” for FREE at South Oxford Space. His play, which will be on tonight at 7pm as well, is part of the Freedom Train Productions’ 3-week festival “Fire!” which focused on new political plays featuring Black LGBT protagonists and playwrights.
[Image Description: The playbill for “fire!”. It is a long sheet of white paper with black and red lettering. “Fire” is in bright red with the exclamation mark in black, the word is centered on the top of the page. Underneath it, in red “Plays in development that matter” and in black below that “3 plays 3 black LGBT s/heroes All Free!” beneath that information on the space and times are in black and red. At the bottom of the flyer is a jumbled pile of the letters that spell “fire” in various fonts.]I urge readers in the NYC area to see “Submerged” tonight! It was wonderful and free, with a 6-person case who really energized the room with their talent. What we saw were excerpts of a 3-hour(!) play which focuses on the character Me, a young Black gay man who is an aspiring writer. Surprisingly, the play was complex enough that throughout the reading I found myself both annoyed and pissed at the protagonist and chuckling with him as he bitterly joked through his encounters. Especially his encounters with drunk white frat boys and his double-faced agent. That said, I could have really used a bathroom break and I think perhaps another excerpt between the first and second halves of the play which seemed to somehow jar against each other a bit. Regardless, the play was very impressive and the energy of the audience was invigorating. Tonight there will be a talkback with Kai Wright, author of Drifting Toward Love and interim editor at Colorlines. I’m a little jealous that I’m not seeing this talkback myself.
“Submerged from All Sides...”
by Aurin Squire
7PM – FREE
138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn
The space and bathrooms are accessible
I don’t believe the subway stop is
(off of the C or the N,Q,R)
The night before, I randomly found about a reading at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture featuring Dr. LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Kimberly Q, and Dr. Herukhuti. Dr. Horton-Stallings was particularly amazing, and her book “Mutha is half a word” promises to be every bit as articulate and insightful as she is, while still being accessible. The reading was posted at the New York public library’s not-often-updated blog LGBT@NYPL which has great events…when they happen. The reading is part of an effort from the Black Gay and Lesbian Archives to showcase Black LGBT, Same Gender Loving, queer, questioning, and in the life writers’ voices, every three months there will be two back-to-back readings…so check out the blog in October for readings coming up! I hate to use the phrase again, but the energy in a room filled with Black Queers and allies is a force to be reckoned with, it’s overwhelming while incredibly comforting. I’m looking forward to the next in this series.
Finally, in a list of New York-centric things, the New York Disabilities Network’s own Lawrence Carter-Long appeared on WBAI Pacifica Radio (99.5FM) this morning to address the protests against “Tropic Thunder”. Also with Lawrence were Tim Shriver of the Special Olympics and Peter Bern from the ARC as well as representatives of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State. I haven’t listened yet but I understand you can tune in on their website to listen to the show. People are protesting internationally, and I’ve heard conversations about the protests everywhere from my office to the subway so this is really becoming something big! I'm looking forward to what Lawrence has to say on the subject.