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written by Kirya Traber

directed by Nia Witherspoon

Submerge Festival/Will You?

BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange)

November 2016


1948, Gladys Bentley, a once (in)famous Harlem renaissance performer known for breaking the rules
for gender and sexuality, finds herself at a crossroads. When her performance permit is denied,
she is threatened with professional ruin, and possibly prison time if she doesn’t “change her act” as an artist, and as a proud gender rebel.

Performed by: 

Pernell Walker, Alfie Fuller, Rosalyn Temple, Michael Axtell, Starr Kirkland, and Jarvis Griggs

Also developed at: 

National Black Theatre

Horsetrade Theatre Group

A.R.T. New York-South Oxford Space

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