PLEASE NOTE: This performance experiment is not fully accessible however a closed captioning recording will be made available.
Tell me what you want me to do. I don’t want to negotiate. I gave you the tools. Listen to my nothingness. Worship me, if you want. Just make sure you listen.
Garrett Allen (Creator, they/them) is a Black, queer interdisciplinary artist and director working primarily in performance, video, and installation. Their work navigates the recent, dramatic changes in the ways we consume, perceive, process, identify, and, ultimately, empathize. They create pieces that are urgent, emotionally vulnerable, unapologetic, and visceral; aiming to combat spectator (and general worldly) passivity by collaboratively creating sensorial and actively engaging experiences. Their recent projects include co-creating BLK MLK (blackmilk) with poet Kyle Lopez (Spectrum NYC), co-directing Dionne Slay’s Slaychella summer concert (LPAC), directing …When The World Is No Longer: by Dante Green (ANT Fest, Polyphone Festival), and devising/creating We Were All Rooting For You (Flamboyan). Their video and performance art works have been exhibited at The Invisible Dog, School of Visual Arts NYC, Harvard, Knockdown Center, Signal Gallery, The Deep End, and You Are Here. They are currently pursuing their MFA in Directing at Yale School of Drama. garrett-allen.com
Nazareth Hassan (Collaborator, he/they) is a southern writer, musician, and video artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the 2017 recipient of the Dramatist Guild Young Playwright Award and the 2019 recipient of the Himan Brown Writing Award. His plays have been shown and workshopped in cities including New York, London, and Berlin, at institutions including The Bushwick Starr, Theatertreffen Stueckemarkt, Horizon Theater Company, and the Royal Court Theatre, where he is currently under workshop and a part of their long form writer’s group. He is also a member of the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writer’s Group. His essays and fiction have been published by Waif Magazine, ThreadMag and Without Further Adu. He has performed as a singer at venues including Boston Symphony Hall, Joe’s Pub, Atlanta Symphony Hall, The Fox Theatre, Mercury Lounge, NY Comic Con and Lincoln Center. He received an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.