My work explores the sociopolitical. The importance of opening a dialogue about, or at least, acknowledging the explicit and implicit effects of both first hand and secondary traumatic experiences is at the forefront of the theatre I find necessary. In order to better understand the complexities and ambiguities of not just trauma, but basic human experiences, as it relates to the sociopolitical, I utilize disjointed and fugue perspectives to deconstruct the naturalist surface, and poetic language to expose experiential underpinnings that are often limited through conversational language.

In performance I strive to blur the line between art and audience, creating intimacy and immediacy. When an audience is treated as witness, or participant, instead of voyeur, they are more involved, engaged, and responsible for the work and its ultimate consequences. The experience therefore becomes a partnership and collaboration; the act of which makes change possible through the already mobile communal environment.

 

Below is a monologue about the continual killings of unarmed black Americans by police, and those who want to be police, and the complacency of Americans, especially white Americans.

The piece is performed by Brandon Jones