Illustration by Ned Astra in The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions. New York: Calamus Books, 1977.
Morgan Bassichis adapts the underground classic The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions (1977)—an out-of-print book by Larry Mitchell, with lush illustrations by Ned Asta, that recounts a fable of radical queerness and the challenges and possibilities of communal life—in a series of three “new moon potluck theater” evenings. Bassichis’s style incorporates stand-up comedy and call-and-response as well as, more recently, songs, lullabies, and chants. The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions The Musical will unfold over the course of “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” as an incantation grappling with histories of queer and feminist world-making. The luminary cast includes TM Davy, DonChristian Jones, Michi Osato, Una Osato, and special guests, with set design by Anna Betbeze. In Bassichis’s own words, “It’s like dinner theater but spiritual and can you bring some of the food? Seriously.” If you would like to contribute food to the potluck, please arrive by 6:45 p.m.
Morgan Bassichis (b. 1983) is a comedic performer whose shows have been described as “out there” (by Morgan’s mother) and “super intense” (by Morgan). Bassichis’s work has been featured at Artists Space (2017), MoMA P.S.1 as part of Greater New York (2015), Poetry Project (2015), and multiple Bar Mitzvahs. Bassichis is the 2017 Analog resident with Recess, and is currently (hardly!) working on an album of experimental protest songs. Bassichis’s essays on queer politics have appeared in the Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and other edited volumes.
Exhibition-related programs are made possible, in part, through the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.
Full support for “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” can be viewed here.
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