Aurin Squire

2014/16 Artist In Residence : Theater

Aurin Squire is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and activist. His plays and installation art has been seen at numerous venues throughout Western Europe, Canada, Great Britain, and across the United States. Squire is a 2-time winner of the Le Compte Nuoy Prize from Lincoln Center and recently completed a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting fellowship at The Juilliard School. He also has 2014-2015 fellowships at the National Black Theatre and the Dramatists Guild of America. As a journalist, his work has appeared in The New Republic, Talking Points Memo, Brooklyn Rail, The Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and ESPN. Squire has served as a writer/producer for several web projects around queer culture, voting rights, and activism. He has been a member of the Lincoln Center Lab and the Ars Nova Play Group.

ABOUT THE WORK

The Gospel According to F#ggots” is a multimedia queer translation of Biblical text through verse, video, and vogue. It’s a Church pageant play remixed and remastered into an epic journey that combines poetry, movement, and music.

If Jesus was a radical rabbi who walked around in a dress with 12 men…wait, that’s what he actually was but he has been whitewashed by capitalism, patriarchy, and heterosexuals into a shaming, punishing, saint. He has become a sacrificial lamb of the cross. But that’s not what he preached about. If he were alive today, Jesus would probably vote for Nader, live off-the-grid, and ask people to love in whatever form it takes: homo, hetero, queer, transgender, transgressive, progressive. This is the story of the new Jesus, which reads more faithfully to how the old Jesus probably lived and thought back then, and why he was such a radical figure.

Through an awful trick of historical revision, Jesus has become the blood-gushing gash of Christian propriety, fear, and inexplicable sadism. And we are supposed to both feel a horrible sense of guilt that he has been brutally sacrificed for ‘my sins’ and a fear that we will meet his same fate if we aren’t obedient enough. It’s a 2,000 year guilt trip, and it’s time to get off Gilligan’s boat. It’s time to walk with radical love and bring down the crucifix of never-ending shame and debasement.

 

EVENTS @ BAX

The Gospel According to F#ggots

Written by Aurin Squire (2014-2016 BAX Artist in Residence)
Directed by David Mendizábal
Staged and Choreographed by Antwayn Hopper

Friday | April 1, 2016 @ 8pm
Saturday | April 2, 2016 @ 8pm

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AIR Open Studios II

Featuring work by Will Davis, Kristine Haruna Lee, Paloma McGregor, Marissa Perel, Aurin Squire, and Ni’Ja Whitson

@ BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Aurin Squire Showing | Saturday, February 6, 2016  @ 6:00 pm

FREE, open to the public [more]

AIR OPEN STUDIO SHOWINGS I

Featuring work by Will Davis, Kristine Haruna Lee, Paloma McGregor, Marissa Perel, Aurin Squire, and Ni’Ja Whitson

Saturday | November 21, 2015 @ 2, 4, 6pm
Sunday | November 22, 2015 @ 12, 2, 4pm

FREE, open to the public [more]

PRESS & MEDIA

Wikipedia

Interview with Playwrights

Article 119-1 (intl’ play about gay rights in Belarus; performed in 4 different countries in March 2014)

InspiraTO Theatre (in Toronto)

Catholic Church’s Fiat Lux (press release)

Who Needs a Black Queer Hero?

Guest Host on Maxamoo (podcast)

ObamAmerica Festival (in London)

Bennington College (Belarusian Dream Theater)

VIDEO

Play Cafe – Episode 5

African Americana

 

CONNECT WITH AURIN SQUIRE

Facebook | www.facebook.com/aurin.squire

Twitter | @Aurinsquire

Blog | sixperfections.blogspot.com