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The Exponential Festival Presents: Flow My Tears

Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza

January 13 - January 15


The Brick and Exponential Festival Presents
Flow My Tears
Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza
January 13, 14, 15 8pm
January 15 3pm

A funeral service streamed to the internet, where the audience and the protagonist are both digital ghosts, searching for corporeal feelings of mourning out in the late-night city and encountering the consequences of a momentous event without really being there. This project comes from deep wondering about loss, familial and otherwise, that occurred this past year in which only a cursory, observed, virtual processing served as a simulacrum of mourning.

Created and Performed by
Braulio Cruz
John-Philip Faienza
Hannah Kallenbach
and Teri Madonna
Written by Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza
Directed by John-Philip Faienza

A series of monologues accompanied by two electronic musicians on keyboards, broken up by songs, in which a person, or ghost, leaves the theater and goes searching for corporeal feelings of mourning out in the late-night city, shifting between the present moment and an alternate version of themselves later in the century, meeting fellow wanderers and machine antagonists. Phillip K. Dick wrote the novel, “Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said”, in which a famous pop singer in a dystopian future wakes up and discovers he has never existed. He took the phrase from a 16th century song about fully-inhabited despair. This piece has us wandering the unexplored, glowing emotional spaces in between our islands of digital existence. We hope to meet the audience somewhere in our wandering.

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)

A Note About The Brick’s COVID’s Protocols: As of August 16th, New York City requires proof of vaccination in order to attend indoor performances. We will be enforcing this policy for all upcoming performances. In addition, 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 Pass or the New York State Excelsior Pass. We are navigating this day to day just like all of you, so please be patient with staff.



January 14, 2022
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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