The World Premiere of
By Y? Guyadin
5PM EXHIBITION | 7:15 PERFORMANCE
COMMISSIONED BY QUEENS COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
PRESENTED BY THE JAMAICA CENTER FOR ARTS AND LEARNING
161-4 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432
Artist Commissioning Program Awardee in Playwriting Y? Guyadin created “Shooter” as an experimental theater project in which participants confront the complex power dynamics between victim and perpetrator.
This World Premiere includes both a culminating exhibition demonstrating the collaborative work Y? has done with local community members to engage them around topics of gun violence, as well as a culminating autobiographical performance.
The exhibition will showcase testimonials from local community members role-playing as the "shooter" or the "shot" in an incident of gun violence. In this intense and immersive theatrical experience, participants were asked, “Who is the victim, the shooter or the shot?” These materials will be on display at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s gallery beginning at 5pm. These imagery and content gives nuanced and profound context to the culminating performance.
In the performance to follow the opening reception, Y? explores his autobiographical experience of the roles and insights into a society that breads these traumatic embodiments. The story is set in the same location as the performance itself, telling the personal and heart-wrenching narrative of how guns impacted a young man growing up in Jamaica, Queens.
Online Registration is now closed. Please register at the door, Saturday, August 3rd.
ACP Art Producer Sharon M. Chin sat down with ACP Awardee Y? Guyadin to tell the story of creating Shooter.
Read the behind the scenes interview here! https://www.queenscouncilarts.org/blog/shooterinterview
ABOUT THE ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM
Designed to democratize the traditional commissioning process, the Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) enables local community members, or “Art Producers” to award Queens choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 towards the creation of new, original work that fills gaps in American culture by telling an untold story.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ACP OR APPLY TO PARTICIPATE, VISIT: WWW.QUEENSCOUNCILARTS.ORG/ART-COMMISSIONING/
The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) is made possible by generous funding from the Scherman Foundation as well as supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.