A theatrical investigation into nonmonogamy.
through the words of real people.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Polylogues is a funny, interview-based solo show that explores real people’s experiences with nonmonogamy—and love in all its forms. Writer/performer Xandra Clark is less like an actor and more like a medium, listening on headphones to the interviews as she performs them. By providing anonymity to each interviewee, she channels voices that could never be heard if the storytellers’ identities were known. Though a solo show, Polylogues forges a living polyamorous community on the stage with a diverse set of voices—from a senior citizen who’s been poly for decades to a child worried about her open parents; from liberals in a commune to conservative evangelical swingers; and from the newly empowered to folks critical of how nonmonogamy perpetuates patriarchy and white supremacy. Polylogues examines what 21st century folks want in relationships, what we’re afraid of, and the ways in which tradition attempts to contain us.
“Clark’s performance is funny and warm; tender moments sneak up on the audience.“ Read the full show write-up by Columbia Journalism Review.
Xandra Clark has been awarded a 2018-19 Queer|Art Fellowship in Performance to develop Polylogues under the mentorship of playwright Mashuq Mushtaq Deen and amongst a cohort of nine other Arts Fellows.
Since development on the show began in the spring of 2017, full showings have been presented at Dixon Place and The Tank; and excerpts have been shown at The Flea, Judson Church, Queer Abstract/Starr Bar, Caveat, Theaterlab, Undiscovered Countries/Bizarre Bushwick, The Green Room, numerous house shows, and even an engagement party.
Xandra Clark (Creator/Performer) is a queer Indian-American writer/performer/documentarian whose work investigates multiplicity, ambiguity, and boundaries of perspective between self and other. Her work has been featured at The Tank, The Flea, Weeksville Heritage Center, Five Myles, Queer Abstract, Judson Church, Theaterlab, Caveat, The Bowery Electric, and Brooklyn College, and been funded by NYSCA/Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Community Foundation, and a Stanford Alumni Arts Grant. She hosts performance salon series The Green Room and co-founded podcast True Story. She is a 2018-19 Queer|Art Fellow in Performance and is a company member of The Bats at The Flea and Poetic Theater Productions. She co-leads Colt Coeur’s theater education program and received the 2013 General Oliver P. Smith Award for Local Reporting from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. BA Theater with Honors, MA Journalism: Stanford University. www.xandraclark.com
Molly Clifford (Director) has the following NYC directing credits: RETREAT (EST/Youngblood, Two Headed Rep); KARAOKE AT THE GOLDEN SUN CONVENTION CENTER, MISS JULIE, RESTAURANT IN D MAJOR, TARTUFFE (Two Headed Rep); AMERICAN DREAMERS (West of 10th); SOLDIER (All For One); and THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (NY Fringe). Short plays and readings for EST/Youngblood, TinyRhino, 7x7, and West of 10th. Assisting: Classic Stage, Playwrights Realm, The Play Company, Vineyard Theatre, EST, Cherry Lane, and Yale Rep. Alumna of the National Theater Institute and Connecticut College. Co-Artistic Director of Two Headed Rep. www.mollyclifforddirects.com
Emma Orme (Producer) is a Brooklyn-based actor, singer, and producer. She has worked as a video producer for The New York Times, and an actor and event producer for both the Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Flea Theater, where she is a member of The Bats. Producing credits include: NYT Critics’ Pick Red Emma & The Mad Monk (The Tank), Flea Fridays (The Flea), and NYT Critics’ Pick AGNES (Lesser America). Performance credits include: The Daughters [reading] (New York Theatre Workshop), Tongue Depressor (Weasel Festival @ The Public Theater), LOCKED UP BITCHES (The Flea), Napoli, Brooklyn [reading] and Song For A Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Spring Fling (F* It Club), and The Bacchae (LaMama Experimental Theatre). BA: Dartmouth College. www.emmaorme.com
Baxter Pitt (Lighting & Projection Designer) is a multidisciplinary theatre designer. They are a graduate of the University of Evansville, currently based out of New York. They have spent the past 3 seasons with the Williamstown Theatre Festival working on lighting and projections. Their work is provisional, seeking to communicate clearly while promoting discourse. www.baxterpitt.com
Hanako Rodriguez (Stage Manager) is a freelance Stage Manager with a passion for helping to bring to life new works written by underrepresented voices. Her recent New York credits include NYT Critic's Pick ATHENA with The Hearth; Let's get ready together at The Tank; the OPEN Festival with Jewish Plays Project; Two Headed Rep's RENO & MOLL; softFocus's NYT Critic's Pick The Workshop; Theater for the New City's 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th Dream Up Festival; The Dirty Blonde's How To Be Safe; Ardea Arts' BOUNCE the Basketball Opera; the world premiere of RIOT ANTIGONE at LaMama; Season 8 of The Fire This Time Festival; The Hot Box Girl's Off-Broadway hit Knockers: A Burlesque Musical; and The Assembly's premiere of I Will Look Forward to This Later.
Photo credits: Olivia Booker, Elizabeth Rogers, Caryn Davidson, Andrew Otto, and Kelsey Crouch.
Poster credit: Rachel Hamburg & Liam Epstein