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PROTAGONY

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2019 to 2020
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The Exponential Festival Presents:

PROTAGONY

January 7, 14, 21 at Vital Joint
$10 Cash at Door
7pm doors, 7:30 start

Forming a new cast of “actors” for each evening, PROTAGONY combines forms of high school debate with king drag and “Theatrum Mundi” oratory theatricality. How each actor or subject sees themselves as a protagonist in their own life informs and structures ensuing abjective inquiries into self determination, civil responsibility, self-characterization, and construction of personal narrative.

PROTAGONY stages conflicts between self and social narrative, between recognitions and presentations, and between “actors” and withdrawn “spectators.” How do narratives construct selves and vice versa? Who decides what is really going on here? How does what and who is centralized within visions of “Theatrum Mundi” materialize world(ing)s? The narrative “protagonist” position is agonizing yet powerful, dramatically saturated in suffering. Combining forms of high school debate and jury deliberation with king drag, feminist gore, and “Theatrum Mundi” oratory theatricality, PROTAGONY forms a new ensemble for each evening, using how each person sees themselves as a protagonist in their own life to structure abjective inquiries into self determination, civil responsibility, self-characterization, and an individual’s personal narrative.

Vital Joint
109 Meserole St (not ave)
Brooklyn
$10
Cash Only
No BYOB

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THE EXPONENTIAL FESTIVAL 2020
A PLEASURE, A MESS, A THRILL, AND A DREAM

Jan. 3 - Feb 3 at a variety of Brooklyn's most eclectic venues
Brooklyn, NY—The Exponential Festival is a month-long January festival for NYC-based emerging, experimental performing artists, now in its fourth year. Performances will take place January 3 - February 3 in partnership with The Brick, Chez Bushwick, JACK, Target Margin Theater's The Doxsee, Loading Dock, Patch Works Theater, Para\\el, Honey's, and Vital Joint. The participants in this multi-artist, multi-venue festival are committed to ecstatic creativity in the face of commercialism. Exponential is driven by inclusiveness and a diversity of artists, forms, and ideas coupled with utopian resource-sharing, mentoring, and the championing of risky, rigorous work in eclectic fields to keep theatre kicking.

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