#ItGetsBitter is a full-length spoken word-based theatrical work that investigates the shortcomings of a gay rights agenda so often built for the bodies and needs of white cis men. With an increase in racist and queerphobic violence and a state that uses our bodies to advance its imperialist agenda at home and abroad, what’s become apparent is that LGBT rights have become co-opted. Through poetry and polemic, the show critiques and imagines new queer futures.
#ItGetsBitter was a production of my former performance art collaboration, DarkMatter. The show and our work more broadly toured over 150 venues in North America and Europe including the Public Theater Under the Radar Festival, Lincoln Center La Casita Festival, London School of Economics, Oxford University, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum, Abrons Arts Center, Ace Hotel--New York Fashion Week, IFC Film Center, Andy Warhol Museum, and Tate Modern. Press coverage included The New Yorker, Guernica, Bullett Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vice Media, Laura Flanders Show, Harvard International Review, and more. Residency Support for this project included the National Endowment for the Arts, Public Theater Devised Theater Working Group, Abrons Arts Center, and Mount Tremper Arts Center.
An excerpt of a trailer for the Joe's Pub (at the Public Theater) performance of #ItGetsBitter can be found above.