What Will the Neighbors Say?


Aug.14, 21, 28 2017


IN RESIDENCE: August 8- 28, 2017

This August Experimental Bitch Presents, Bitchin Mondays: classes with artists, Bitchin new work, Pussy Play Readings, music & dancing! Check out EBP Facebook page for artist announcements!

Experimental Bitch Presents is an artist collective spanning both coasts (LA & NYC), providing production backing and artistic gifts, services and support. An inclusive community, we welcome, celebrate, and represent artists from all mediums who reflect the diversity of Mother Earth, as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic class and physical ability. We are passionate about the urgency and responsibility of the artist to confront the present! Our artists embrace the the necessity of feminism and safe spaces for women, queerfolx and oppressed peoples in art: SUPPRESSION OF WOMEN SUPPRESSES US ALL! Our artists encourage and incorporate the future discourse on gender in their lives and works.

EBP was founded by Shelby Brage and Wednesday Derrico in June of 2015 in response to the rejection of women, femininity, and feminine structures in the arts. A network of nearly 20 artists in residence, and an assembly of over 1,000 international supporters, Experimental Bitch Presents is proud to offer production backing and artistic services and support to artists experimenting in early stages of work within the EBP umbrella. Outside of the EBP umbrella, we act as a production company offering full producing and elemental such as marketing, publicity, social media, casting and design.

Monday 8/21
Free the Arts Festival | Creating the People’s DSM: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, People of Color* Intentional Space
What is Free The Arts? Learn More at www.FreeTheArtsFestival.com

Free The Arts Festival is an immersive theatrical performance and facilitation of deep listening and community artistic expression focused on community healing, collective building, empowerment, and rallying in our point neighborhoods of Claremont Park, Bronx and Highland Park, Queens/Brooklyn. It isn’t a traditional festival, but more of a celebration of the work already being done in the community in regards to healing justice, collective building and applied arts.

Our mixed race collective is comprised of multidisciplinary artists, healers, facilitators, and community organizers working to illuminate, challenge and resist oppression through a lens of disability and healing justice. Through this work, we intend to centralize marginalized voices, particularly people silenced because of our world’s relationship with race, gender, and disability–this is our interest as a collective because of our own personal relationships to these issues.

Come be a part of our community based project, Creating the People’s DSM: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, POC* Intentional Space at IRT August 21 from 1-5:00PM, where we’ll share artistic works in progress (open rehearsal vibe) and facilitation of exploring inner experience of what could be considered stigmatizing labels such as: Anxiety, Depression, BPD/Neurodivergence/Neuroqueerness/Autism/Personality Disorders, Madness/Psychosis, Trauma and explore the Narcissism/Narcissistic abuse of society, and the effects of racial trauma through colonization. This is also an event that centers trauma survivors, those with chronic illness, disabled people, what society labels “mental illness/psychiatric disorders/personality disorders/etc”, though it is an intentional BIPOC space as well, inviting both those with these labels or self-diagnosed/questioning their relationships with certain labels, and those who are BIPOC and centering those living in the intersection of BIPOC disability. We are asking that those who do not identify as BIPOC (inclusive of mixed/biracial people), or who are white people, or do not identify as mad* to support our work in other ways by learning more about volunteering by emailing freetheartsfestival@gmail.com and inviting friends of yours who are BIPOC and Mad people instead of attending yourself.

Some community agreements for the day:

We ask for third person pronouns, or how folks would like to be referred to in the third person, and do not assume people’s gender identities.

We ask for literacy moments-we are trying to build new language, but this requires an understanding of what current or more dated language means to certain people.

We assume good intent, and take responsibility for impact; We hold each other accountable for our behavior without criticizing who we are as people.

We use I statements and do not generalize about other people.

We practice techniques of: Move up/Move back; Owl Vision/Temperature Checks; One person/One Mic (Can all be explained in person)

Mistakes are welcome, curiosity encouraged, patience with learning processes

Treat people the way you would like to be treated, we are creating the world we want to live in and let’s treat our community the way we’d like society to be.

Silence is welcome; deep listening appreciated

*BIPOC is used in as an acronym in this post.

*Mad is used as an umbrella term for madness/mental illness/trauma survivor/neurodivergent community

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2027810573911497/?ti=icl

Monday 8/28
12-3 pm Color of Sound X Into the Noise

“Aspire to Inspire Daily”

Multi media artist born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Jonatan Amaya works to generate positivity and moves forward in a positive direction. His first installation, “Into the Noise”, will be on view free for you to explore and mingle. Conceptualized from moments in his life where music has played a big role. He invites everyone to come and escape as you relax, close your eyes and breathe. This piece will also include original visual art by Jonatan Amaya as part of his “Color of Sound” series.

Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1618694511536462/?ti=icl


Staged Reading: and after we dreamt of purple

Date: August 21st, 2017, 8:00 pm
Price: $5 in advance / $10 at the door
Length: 90 mins

one personal bubble filled with three people can get small. and sweaty. especially while wearing a binder.

a staged reading
written by Nico Della Fave
directed by V. Greene

and after, we dreamt of purple is a play that takes place behind closed doors. We watch Charlie, Jesse, and Halle, as they navigate mental illness, queerness, and their relationships to each other and themselves. This play explores the way we scream when emotions feel too big and laugh when corners of us seem too scary. This is a play with trans people; this is not a play about being trans.

Greene is a director based in New York City. As a non-binary theatre maker they explore the potential of queered practices in confronting power, control, beauty, and violence. They received their BA from Hampshire College with the completion of their thesis: Being Bitch Enough; Feminist Direction and Taking Back Space. V. recently worked as the assistant director on HVMLET at the SheNYC Arts Festival, on Shakespeare In Love at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and various readings at the Singapore Literature Festival. They have also worked with Cornerstone Theater Company, California Shakespeare Theater, and the Critical Media Institute at Hampshire College.

Nico Della Fave (playwright) is a writer based in New York City. He is a graduate of Hampshire College, where he studied theater, creative writing, and critical cultural theory. Nicos work explores the use of humor in navigating struggle, and the tenuous relationship between fantasy and reality. Nico is a big proponent of dick jokes for social change.

*all proceeds support Experimental Bitch Presents artists’ in residence at IRT

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village,  IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.
***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.***