Brooklyn Arts Exchange Presents:
Written & Performed by Dan Fishback
April 8-9, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
April 10, 2011 @ 6:00 pm
Dan Fishback’s thirtynothing is a multi-media solo performance exploring the generation gap between gay men who died during the early years of AIDS and gay men who were born during those same years. A sort of “performance zine,” the show incorporates images of work by lost gay artists, images and drawings from Fishback’s own childhood, and stories from the lives of various gay men who lived, died, and grew up during the 80s and early 90s. Fishback underscores this monologue-based piece using small instruments like casios and ukuleles to paint an intimate, mournful and quirky portrait of gay life during and after a catastrophe. Marking both the 30th anniversary of AIDS and Fishback’s 30th birthday, thirtynothing memorializes the fallen while posing critical questions to all who survive.
Tickets: Advance (online): $12 General | $7 Low-Income
At the Door (30 minutes before showtime): $15 General | $8 Low-Income
Direction Consultant: Stephen Brackett
Technical Director: Ardi Kuhn
Production Intern: Steve Drum
thirtynothing is being developed through artists residencies at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Yaddo, along with a grant from the Franklin Furnace Fund. This grant was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and Jerome Foundation.
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Of the project, Dan writes: "thirtynothing" is probably the most rewarding project I've ever worked on. It's about queer history, and the unsung stories of gay artists who died of AIDS. In my research for this performance, I've encountered so many brilliant artists, I've talked to so many brilliant people, and I've witnessed profound footage of ACT-UP's greatest triumphs. The experience has been overwhelming and life-changing. It's an experience everyone should have, and they shouldn't have to undergo a huge research project to do so.