'Border/Clash: A Litany of Desires' at 45 Bleecker

Staceyann Chin

The Culture Project presents Border/Clash: A Litany of Desires, a one-woman show written and performed by Staceyann Chin, opening at 45 Bleecker on the 16 Jun 2005, following previews from the 3 Jun. The show is booking to the 31 Jul 2005

An autobiographical portrait of a woman evolving. From Staceyann Chin's Jamaican upbringing, we see a young girl negotiating family ties as she struggles with abandonment and rejection all the while grappling with the misadventures of coming of age. In blunt and wistful prose, Staceyann opens and examines the wounds and rapture of adolescence.

As a political voice takes root and a sexual identity solidifies, the play moves to the colored lights and harsh realities of New York. In this new world, a performance persona emerges. She discovers a voice in sensual lyricism and slam activism as she tears into poems with a pulsing physicality. In this telling, a woman surfaces � 'broken in places, but whole in most' � rejoicing in the journey and ready to navigate the challenges she knows will come.

Border/Clash: A Litany of Desires is directed by Rob Urbinati, with set design and lighting by Garin Marschall.

Biographie: Staceyann Chin (Writer/Performer) lives in Brooklyn, New York. Half Chinese/half Black, and a Jamaican national, Staceyann has been an artist, out poet, and political activist since moving to the USA in 1998. Chin has won many American Poetry slams including the 1999 Chicago People of Color Slam, the 1998 Lambda Poetry Slam, the 1998 and 2000 Slam This!, as well as WORD: The First Slam for Television. In 1999, Chin took the American Amazon Slam title in Aarhus, Denmark. In 2002, she was nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Prot�g� Art Initiative where she was considered as a prot�g� for Toni Morrison. In August 2004, Staceyann was honored with an award from the New York City Association of People of Color in Crisis.

Chin is regularly invited to numerous colleges and Universities to share her politics and her unique story; NYU, Pace, Holy Cross, Harvard, Bernard, Cornell, UCSD, and Boston University.

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