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The Exponential Festival Presents: Blue Fire Burns the Hottest

Marissa Joyce Stamps

September 16 - September 24

$15 – $30

The Brick and The Exponential Festival Present
Blue Fire Burns the Hottest
by Marissa Joyce Stamps

“This bath ain’t right…”

The mortal fear must be running high in the veins… Two men—two rivals—who, after holding out for years, finally come to a now abandoned boxing ring that their fathers, and their fathers’ fathers, and so on and so forth fought in to fight for their lives and to claim themselves as the “greatest.” In the midst of jabs and hooks, and crosses and uppercuts, they both find themselves, whether consciously or unconsciously, figuring out who they are in relation to higher power.

Blue Fire Burns the Hottest steps into boxing, a sport whose goal is to consciously keep on returning to the ring to inflict pain on another and to constantly study that person all to explore the intersection of hypermasculinity and spirituality, especially for Black men.

Written and Directed by Marissa Joyce Stamps
Produced by Rachel Perez Melian
Performed by Danté Charles Crichlow and Moses Chavez-Gray
Stage Management: Siena Yusi
Scenic and Prop Design: lucas a degirolamo
Costume Design: Sterling Gates
Lighting Design: André Segar
Sound Design: Jordan Bernstein
Fight Direction and Choreography: Ryan Han
Head Carpentry/Construction Manager: Thomas Wagner

There will be a talkback after the performance on September 22, 2022.

Ten $10 tickets will be available at the box office for each performance, first come, first served.

Lauded as “a cutting edge…boundary-pushing festival” by CBS New York, “[The Exponential Festival] is where you go to see things in [their] purest and most inventive state.” (WNYC) “[Exponential] has curated a slate of emerging experimental performers who blur and complicate the boundaries of theater, comedy, visual art, and dance.” (Brooklyn Rail) Since 2016, Exponential has presented the work of 1,200 NYC-based artists to 17,300 audience members in 23 (primarily Brooklyn) venues. Our artists present multi-week runs, one-offs, and variety shows throughout the month of January in theaters, back rooms, basements, and box-stores—making “The Exponential [Festival] as big as Brooklyn itself.” (American Theatre Magazine)

In consideration for the health and safety or our staff members, artists, and audiences, The Brick remains committed to maintaining vaccination requirements and mask mandates for our in-person presentations for the foreseeable future. We ask that all audience members remain masked. All staff and performers will be vaccinated; performers may not be masked. Audience can provide proof of vaccination with a government issued I.D. along with a physical copy or picture of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, the NYC COVID Safe App or the New York State Excelsior Pass. Please be patient with staff.



September 22, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$15 – $30


Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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