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Gestating Baby Volume 2: Jess Barbagallo and Aeneas Sagar Hemphill

Jess Barbagallo

Aeneas Sagar Hemphill

August 4 - August 6

$15 – $30

The Brick presents
Gestating Baby Volume 2:
Jess Barbagallo and Aeneas Sagar Hemphill
August 4-6 at 8pm

Featuring Two New Works

Weekend At Barry’s: Greatest Hits
and The Empire Live! (1/?)

Weekend At Barry’s: Greatest Hits

Written & Directed by
Jess Barbagallo

Anna Wilson, Ean Sheehy, Tanya Marquardt, Léoh, Jess Barbagallo & Aaliyah Raghnal

Sound Design by Ryan Gamblin
Costume Design by Enver Chakartash and Jess Barbagallo

The cast of Weekend at Barry’s/Lesbian Lighthouse is on vacation—but that doesn’t mean you should have to suffer! In this “Greatest Hits” installment of everyone’s favorite black box cult classic about the highs and lows of making experimental theater in late-stage capitalism, Barry and Co. will take audiences on a tour of their best summer hijinx! Using new words and music stands, get ready for some hot and heavy beach reads, read to you by some sun-kissed cuties.

photo by Maria Baranova

Weekend at Barry’s: Greatest Hits is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).


The Empire Live! (1/?)

Written by Aeneas Sagar Hemphill
Directed by Kristan Seemel

Featuring Ben Natan, McLean Peterson, Nic Sanchez, and Susan Ly

Part 1 of an epic dark comedy about the World On Terror. The nation celebrates the defeat of the Global Villain, but things aren’t so simple. In the smoke-filled rooms behind the halls of power, the search for the new Villain begins.

In The Empire Live! an ensemble of actors transports us all over the World On Terror: the effects we see and the things we don’t. The plans and dominoes and butterfly wings–and the ordinary people caught in the resulting chaos. This is Part 1 of the larger piece, focusing on the perspective of the government as they pivot from one Global Villain to the next. In future parts, we will see the many ways consent is manufactured and war leads to occupation and continued cycles of violence. Should go without saying but: this is Based On a True Story


Gestating Baby is a semi-regular series of split bill performances curated by Theresa Buchheister and Ryan William Downey that presents new and unpredictable works across the spectrum of theatrical performing arts. It began in 2013 at The Silent Barn and is now revived at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn, NY.


Photograph by Lia Clay for the 2018 Queer|Art Community Portrait Project

Jess Barbagallo has performed with Big Dance Theater, the Builders Association, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and Half Straddle, and appeared in projects by Tania Bruguera, Andrea Geyer, John Turturro, and Dick Wolf. Produced works: Grey-Eyed Dogs, Saturn Nights, Good Year for Hunters (with Chris Giarmo), My Old Man and Other Stories, Not for Resale (with Lex Powell), Beaches in Winter, Room for Cream: A Live Lesbian Serial (with the Dyke Division), The Puzzlers and The Puzzlers 2: Black Box (with Accent Wall Productions), and Melissa, So Far (an adaptation of Alex Gino’s Melissa). Forthcoming: Karen Davis: Bitter Pill, Mistook Acerbic for Advil (53rd State Press). Jess is a contributor at Artforum.

Aeneas Sagar Hemphill (he/him) is an Indian-American playwright and screenwriter based in NYC and DC. Weaving through genres, his work builds new worlds to illuminate our own, using passion, pathos, and humor to investigate the ghosts that haunt our lives and communities. He is currently a 2020-2021 Speakers’ Corner Fellow at Gingold Theatrical Group. He was a 2019 Resident Artist with Monson Arts Center and 2017-2018 Playlab Fellow at Pipeline Theatre, as well as semi-finalist for the 2019 Princess Grace Award, semi-finalist for the 2019 Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, and finalist for the 2017 Many Voices Fellowship. His plays include: Black Hollow (Argo Collective, Dreamscape Theatre), The Troll King (Pipeline), Childhood Songs (Monson Arts), The Republic of Janet & Arthur (Amios), The Red Balloon (Noor Theatre), A Stitch Here or There (DarkHorse Dramatists, Slingshot Theatre), A Horse and a Housecat (Slingshot Theatre). MFA Playwriting: Columbia University.


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.



August 4, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$15 – $30


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579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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