Join us for a dramatic reading of seven.years.of.shed.skin..., a new theatrical script written by Haygen-Brice Walker, commissioned by the Playwrights’ Center and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. The reading will be followed by a conversation with Haygen-Brice Walker; Jeremy Cohen, Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center; and Judith Katz, Minneapolis-based author and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction.
This event is part of a network of artistic and intellectual activity planned at the University of Minnesota and in the community for Queer Forms — a multidisciplinary group exhibition and series of public programs that investigates and celebrates the history, politics and culture of LGBTQ+ Liberation across a range of artistic forms and perspectives. Exhibition runs September 10 - December 7, 2019. For more info and a full list of related exhibitions and events visit z.umn.edu/nash.
About the Play
seven.years.of.shed.skin... is a play about first dates, dating apps, instas, finstas, celebrity, catfish, Kelly Rowland, and how to find remnants of our true selves in the technological wasteland of social media. Damien and Tobias "met" online seven years ago when Tobias was pretending to be Nate. Nate doesn't really exist, but his pictures were stolen from Linc (an Instagram-verified fitness influencer) who is now engaged to Damien. Tonight Damien and Tobias are meeting in person for the first time to forgive and forget...except Tobias isn't sorry and Damien can't forget.
About Haygen-Brice Walker
Haygen-Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright-creative producer born and raised in the American South and currently dividing his time between Philadelphia and Minneapolis, where he is the 2018-2019 Jerome Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights' Center. He holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, & Production with a focus in Playwriting and a Creative Writing minor from the University of the Arts and is a two-time alumnus of the National Theatre Institute.
About the PlayWrights' Center
Founded in 1971 by five writers seeking artistic and professional support, the Playwrights' Center today serves more playwrights in more ways than any other organization in the country. One of the nation's most generous and well-respected theater organizations, the Playwrights' Center focuses on both supporting playwrights and promoting new plays to production at theaters across the country. The Center has helped launch the careers of numerous nationally recognized artists, notably August Wilson, Lee Blessing, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jordan Harrison, Carlyle Brown, Craig Lucas, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, and Kira Obolensky. Work developed through Center programs has been seen nationwide on such stages as the Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Guthrie, Goodman, and many others.
Accessibility and Parking
We are accessible via Metro Transit Blue and Green lines and bus routes 2 and 7. Parking is available nearby on the street at the 21st Avenue South ramp, 5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp; hourly or event rates may apply. These parking locations and Regis Center for Art are wheelchair accessible. Exhibitions and events are FREE and open to the public.