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The Exponential Festival Presents: Circus Trick & Presentation on colonialism

Addie Ulrey and Joey Weiss

January 26 - January 29


The Exponential Festival and The Brick present
Circus Trick
by Addie Ulrey
Presentation on colonialism
by Joey Weiss
January 26-29, 2022
at Brick Aux – 628 Metropolitan Ave

Circus Trick

Clown is a professional. They have always taken pride in giving the audience what they came for: a good, old fashioned trick. But in our digital world of ready-made delights, what counts as a trick? What does the circus have to offer that you can’t get fasterbrightercheaper somewhere else?

Written by Addie Ulrey / Directed by Lauren Zeftel

Circus Trick is the story of a clown who stages a rebellion against the commodification of entertainment in an on-demand world, and in doing so, explores some of the stranger possible benefits of live performance.


Presentation on colonialism

Presentation on colonialism is a project to locate the concept of colonialism in deep time. Zoology, genetics and pictures will be utilized – covering a period of approximately 1.3 million years.

​Written by Joey Weiss and developed by Joey Weiss and Yuki Kawahisa

​This presentation locates colonialism in times and places outside of colonialism’s history, from our current moment, to before humans were on earth.



​Addie was raised by farmers, house painters, meditators, and real-life radicals in Charlotte, Michigan. Addie’s work is firmly rooted in the ensemble theatre tradition, meaning, among other things, that she is at home in multidisciplinary collaborations, loves to write for big casts, and knows her way around a puppet. She has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre and the Double Edge Theatre, and was an original core company member of Ragged Wing Ensemble in Oakland, CA, with whom she wrote and produced nine new plays between 2010 and 2018. Addie recently completed her MFA at Brooklyn College under the tutelage of Tina Satter, Anne Washburn, Haruna Lee, and Dennis Allen II. She is currently developing work with Theatre First in Berkeley, CA, and will be in residence with the Index Freirum artist collective in Zurich, Switzerland in fall 2022.

Joey Weiss is an artist with a background in painting and sculpture, with recent work at New Ohio Theater, The Wild Project, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, and The Brick. He is a partner in Songs to Live By with composer Marco Panella, and has collaborated in the past with Jordan Baum, Kate Benson, April Matthis and Ben Williams.


Brick Aux, the logical and magical extension of The Brick Theater, at home across the street and down the road. It provides support for Brick staff and artists via office, rehearsal, and classroom space, and enables us to share the visual art of our multidisciplinary and diverse communities via our gallery space. Brick Aux is located at 628 Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.

~ A pleasure, a mess, a thrill, and a dream. ~​

Exponential is a month-long January festival dedicated to New York City-based emerging artists working in experimental performance. The participants in this multi-artist, multi-venue festival are committed to ecstatic creativity in the face of commercialism. Exponential is driven by inclusiveness and a diversity of artists, forms, and ideas coupled with utopian resource-sharing, mentoring and the championing of risky, rigorous work in eclectic fields. theexponentialfestival.org


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January 29, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Brick Aux
628 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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