Jennifer Kidwell and Thomas Graves

JENNIFER KIDWELL and THOMAS GRAVES

Jennifer Kidwell and Thomas Graves are presenting the very first workshop presentation of an original performance piece to be built over the coming year. We are beginning with the idea of a visit from an outsider to allow us the opportunity step back and take a fresh look at the structures that we have built, to talk about the unwritten rules and to laugh together about how tragic it is. Imagining an alien interlocutor also provides us the possibility to imagine how things could be otherwise and think about what it means to fit in and what does it mean to stand out.

As part of the research for the project, and in order to acknowledge one salient difference of their respective “Owns” (Thomas resides in Austin and Jennifer in Philadelphia), the artists are organizing book clubs. That way, the conversation can continue across time and space. They ask and encourage folks to please send readings to consider to: phillyaustinbc@gmail.com As the artists explain, “Your recommendations are welcome. They can be texts of any kind: movies, audio programs, books of course, poetry … Anything that has shaped your understanding of “what is going on” as it relates to the themes of Organize Your Own.”

Thomas Graves is a Co-Producing Artistic Director for Rude Mechs in Austin, TX. As such he has developed, performed in and produced The Method Gun, I’ve Never Been So Happy, Now Now Oh Now, Stop Hitting Yourself and MatchPlay. Thomas was a co-creator and performer in Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke at On The Boards in Seattle and Noorderzon Festival (NL). He also is a dancer and choreographer for the queer performance group Christeene. Thomas holds an MFA in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin. For OYO Graves will be performing with Jennifer Kidwell. rudemechs.com

Jennifer Kidwell is a performing artist. Recent projects: Underground Railroad Game co-created/performed with Scott Sheppard (FringeArts 2015 & 2016, NYC Premiere Ars Nova 2016), Bessie award winning I Understand Everything Better (David Neumann/advanced beginner group), Antigone (The Wilma Theater), I Promised Myself to Live Faster and 99 Break-Ups (Pig Iron Theatre Company), -as the controversial artist Donelle Woolford- Dick’s Last Stand (Whitney Biennial 2014) and Zinnias: the Life of Clementine Hunter (Robert Wilson/Toshi Reagon/Bernice Johnson Reagon). Upcoming: Those With Two Clocks, a drag quartet. She is a proud co-founder of JACK (Brooklyn) and co-artistic director of Philadelphia theater company Lightning Rod Special. For OYO Kidwell will be performing with Thomas Graves.