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651 ARTS Presents Gagging on the Ornament I Made for My Mom in Mr. Raymond's 5th Grade Class

Dec 16 | Mon |

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651 ARTS presents a different kind of holiday show with a deeper theatrical contemplation of the season in the witty one-man introspective Gagging on the Ornament I Made for My Mom in Mr. Raymond’s 5th Grade Class by korde arrington tuttle. This work in progress deconstructs the “Christmas spirit” and explores what it means to be Queer, Black and going home for the holidays. One night only on Monday, December 16th at 7:30pm at BAM Fisher in Brooklyn, NY.

Gagging… centers around the character Lavelle (played by Reggie D.White) who receives a photo from his mother, “Petty” Shirley, of a uniquely shaped Christmas ornament he made for her in the 5th grade. He is then forced to confront his feelings of discomfort and uprootedness that always come to surface particularly during the Holidays. While all around him are messages and images pointing to happy families and the Christmas spirit, Lavelle reminisces about the isolation he felt during past challenging visits home. Incorporating aspects of James Baldwin’s essay, The American Dream and The American Negro, and informed by John Howard Griffin’s black like me, Gagging… is a sharp and intimate musing on one man’s journey towards understanding, forgiveness and ultimately, Holiday joy.

Venue: BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Place Map