THEATER 2013 Thingification


GENRE: Theater

DESCRIPTION: Celebrating the art of signifying, “Thingification” shows how true expression elevates, educates, and entertains like no stereotype can.

PERFORMS: Thursday, July 18 @ 9pm; Saturday, July 20 @ 2pm. (The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd St, NY, NY)



On Thursday, July 18 and Saturday, July 20, 2013 at The Wild Project, playwright, Duriel E. Harris will present two performances of “Thingification” at the 11th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival – “New York City’s grassroots, disciplinary international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture.”

Harris’ one-woman show combines poetry, performance, music and dance to invigorate audiences with the transformative energy of embodied word-sound and power. “Thingification” shows how true expression can elevate, educate, and entertain like no stereotype can! Featuring characters from Harris’ series of performance poems (“Phaneric Displays”), “Thingification” also includes original music and selections from previously published works: Drag (Elixir Press) and Amnesiac: Poems (Sheep Meadow Press).

Scene after scene—whether from an intimate urban music venue, the porch of a Deep South plantation mansion, a townhouse’s garden apartment bedroom, a hole-in-the-wall tavern, a dimly lit tenement kitchen, or a gay dance club—“Thingification” goes from trauma to transcendence, challenging the way we define difference. Harris’ play transports audiences through time and space by enacting a collective ritual participation in the struggle against “Thingification”—an annihilating, objectifying force at the core of all oppressions.

Duriel E. Harris is a poet, performer, sound artist, scholar and author of two print collections (Drag and Amnesiac) as well as the sound compilation, “Black Magic” (forthcoming from Asian Improv Records). Harris is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, a group of Black post-theorists who perform and write in hybrid experimental forms, embracing radical poetics and cutting-edge critical theory about race, gender, and sexuality.

With Scott Rankin, she is co-author of the poetry video Speleology, a jury selection of the 2011 International Literary Film Festival, the 2012 Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), and the 2012 Visible Verse Festival (Vancouver).

Selections from “Thingification” have been featured in performance at the Babylon Theatre (Berlin), the MCA (Chicago), The Blue Note (Poznan, Poland), and The Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco).

Come celebrate the art of signifying Thursday, July 18 and Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the 11th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival in New York. The Wild Project’s address is 195 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009.