How to Be a Doll: Drag and Writing @ Kelly Writers House, Philadelphia [17 April]

How to Be a Doll: Drag and Writing

18:00 - 21:00

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Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
In the tradition of the uproarious theater of the Cockettes, the experimental verbal collages of Lypsinka, and the plays and poetry of Jackie Curtis, the Writers House brings you a night of drag queens writing, writers dragging, and all things words and wigs. Curated by the Kelly Writers House Junior Fellow of 2017-2018, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, this event commissions four new performances by artists working at the intersection of these two ostensibly disparate fields. This program features Gabriel Ojeda-Sague/Hadeeja Soufflé, Wo Chan/Pearl Harbor, Fyarla, and Mark McCloughan and will be MC'd by the firey and earthy taurus sun aries rising Kenna O'Rourke.

FYARLA is a malleable drag queen from Philadelphia by way of the anthracite-rich mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. Branded the «Naomi Elizabeth of drag» by Roderick Cook, Fyarla has an intimate knowledge of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and subscribes to the fixed timeline theory of time travel. Although fairly new to the Philadelphia drag scene, Fyarla is soon to be known for her tight lip syncing skills and excitable nature. For more information and to connect with this queen, you can find her on Instagram @fyarlaqueen or say «Linda Cardellini» three times in the bathroom mirror at 3:45 pm.

WO CHAN (AKA PEARL HARBOR) is a nonbinary, vers top drag performer and poet based in Brooklyn. They are the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation of Arts, Kundiman, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. Their writing centers on personal narratives of immigration, race, and gender in text and stage performance. They are a standing member of Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N' Play and currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU. Follow them on Instagram @theillustriouspearl

MARK MCCLOUGHAN is an artist and writer in New York City. He is one half of No Face Performance Group. Since forming in 2007, the group has created 16 original performances that have been seen in NYC (JACK, CATCH series, Ars Nova), Philadelphia (The Barnes Foundation, FringeArts, Vox Populi), Chicago (Links Hall), Los Angeles (PURE O) and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook No Harbor (L + S Press, 2014), and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Juked, Lines + Stars, and decomP, among others. Since 2014 he has collaborated with Eiko Otake on her solo project A Body in Places, which received a special citation at the 2016 New York Dance and Performance Bessie awards. The most recent iteration of the project was co-commissioned by PERFORMA17 and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

GABRIEL OJEDA-SAGUE is a Miami <-> Philly gay, Latino Leo living in Philadelphia, PA. He is the author of the poetry books Jazzercise is a Language (The Operating System, 2018), about the exercise craze of the 1980s, and Oil and Candle (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016), on ritual and racism. He is also the author of chapbooks on gay sex, Cher, the Legend of Zelda, and anxious bilingualism. His third book Losing Miami, on the potential sinking of Miami due to climate change and sea level rise, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms.
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