The Exponential Festival Presents: Flow My Tears
Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza
July 7 - July 15$15 – $30
The Brick and The Exponential Festival Presents
Flow My Tears
by Braulio Cruz and John-Philip Faienza
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
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.
The Exponential Festival:
~ A pleasure, a mess, a thrill, and a dream. ~
Exponential is a 501c3 January performance festival for NYC-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.
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.