Vaginal Davis Is Speaking From The Diaphragm: An Homage to the Television Talk Show
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Davis (portrayed by Daytime Emmy Award Winner, Darnell Williams) and Ruth (portrayed by Tamara Scott) are two strangers desperate to make a human connection in Sightlines, by Emmy Award nominee Mark Eisman. In this intimate two-person play, Ruth struggles with bitter sense that her life has been little more than a series of betrayals, which has caused her to blur the lines between reality and an unreal, dreamlike sense of self. When she meets Davis, and he extends a helping hand, they smash through an ever-blurring reality into a Lewis Carroll-like world in a love story that defies most conventional preconceptions. This unique production unfolds in an otherworldly set that is a true feast for the senses, accompanied by a haunting original score. Learn More
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- "A performance artist of underground legend." --New York Times
WINNER OF THE 2009 ETHYL EICHELBERGER AWARD
A performance piece that re-examines the heyday of 1970s American daytime television chat and variety programs. Taking the format of legendary talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, which starred lesbian icon Dinah Shore. Ms Davis isn't interested in assimilating into the mainstream entertainment complex, but instead wishes to dissect a kind of TV staple and reconfigure it by presenting an array of live and Skype guests from the various worlds of literature, dance, theatre, film and art she has intersected in her over 30 year career as a performance and live artist, writer and cultural raconteur. With guest hosts, Downtown treasure Carmelita Tropicana, and Jennifer Miller the famed bearded lady of Circus Amok expect ten days of the unexpected, the unusual and the sublime.
Rotating Nightly Guest Stars:
Fashion Powerhouses: Rick Owens and Michelle Lamy, and Pierrot; Culture Guard: Guy Trebay, Bruce Benderson, Joe E. Jefferies, Glenn Belverio, Jose Munoz, Marc Seigel, Jennifer Doyle, Carlo McCormick, John Edward Hayes & Zazie De Paris; Film Glitterati: Bruce LaBruce, Michel Auder, Susanne Sachsse, Uzi Parnes & Ela Troyano, Jackie Raynal of Zanzibar Film Group; Musical Prodigies: Julie Ruin, Men, Intellectual Pop Power Couple Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre/Bikini Kill) and Adam Horovitz (the Beastie Boys), Gossip, Claudia Gonson (The Magnetic Fields), Gio Black Peter, Joel Gibb of The Hidden Cameras, Jaime Stewart of XIU XIU, Glen Meadmore, Carol Pope; Art Stars & Performance Legends: Justin Bond, Annie Sprinkle, Kembra Pfahler, Dynasty Handba, Bibbe Hansen & Sean Carillo, Billy Miller, Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny, Mashinka Firunts & Jeremy J F Thompson, and Julie Tolentino; an Ethyl Eichelberger Cabal - and many, many, many more are being confirmed by the minute!
Vaginal Davis was born and raised in Los Angeles, but now lives in Berlin. She is an accomplished experimental filmmaker, visual artist and writer, who Hilton Als of The New Yorker has called "the poet laureate of Santa Monica Blvd." She has curated programs for many film festivals including Berlin and Sundance. She teaches performance at Lund University's Malmö Art Academy (Sweden). She is also the subject of academic elucidation by Jose Muñoz in Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics and Jennifer Doyle in Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire.
Design and Production by Jonathan Berger in collaboration with Sarah Marcy, Joshua Lubin-Levy, Alexander Hollenbach, and Julia Rexon
Video by Jean Kim. Sound by Jason Martin
Photo copyright: Albert Sanchez
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