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The Exponential Festival Presents: The Ben Shapiro Project and Our bodies like dams

January 16 - January 21

$20 – $40

The Exponential Festival and The Brick present
The Ben Shapiro Project
by Ella Davidson
Our bodies like dams
Sarah Finn
January 16-21, 2022

The Ben Shapiro Project

Ella wants to save America and herself, so Ella becomes Ben Shapiro. Then Ella confronts Ben Shapiro. America can’t be saved, but can Ella be saved?

Ella Lee Davidson: writer/director/performer
Paul Levine: Co-Director 
Anuka Sethi: Producer
Chris De Santis: Playing the Role of Ben Shapiro 
Tiana Richards: Dramaturg and Social Media Manager 
Tori Oatway: Stage Manager 
Ava Elizabeth Novak: Lighting Designer
Camelia de los Ángeles Muñiz: Sound Desginer
Jason A. Goodwin: Costume Designer

Ella Davidson, a young black socialist, embodies Ben Shapiro, right wing political pundit in a performance piece in which she envisions a world without him. When that isn’t enough for her to feel like she’s made a difference in some way, she concocts a plan to meet Ben in person and confront him. She meets and debates Ben, hoping to change him for the better through the power of human connection but he remains unmoved. Can Ella help save America and can she even help save herself?

Our bodies like dams


Set in a handmade, flooding city, this part love-story, part eco-fantasy, imagines a woman’s unexpected metamorphosis in the face of romantic and coastal decay.

Creator/Director: Sarah Finn
Director of Photography & Editor: Xuan Liu
Set Designer & Co-Puppet Builder: Karen Loewy-Movilla
Sound Designer: Sid Diamond
Dancers/Puppet models: Evan Ray Suzuki and Tam Nguyen

Our bodies like dams is a short film made with animation, live-puppetry, miniature sets, and wearable sculpture, to follow a surrealistic narrative of a couple embracing as their apartment floods entirely. A seemingly straight apocalyptic love story, it gradually unfolds into a queer, post-human fantasy. A love letter to Brooklyn’s disappearing shorelines, audience members are invited to join for the film’s premiere, followed by an interactive installation of the film’s sets, puppets, sculpture and process.

This project was developed with additional collaborators including: Shayna Strype, Marcella Murray, Amanda Card, Ash Winkfield, Camellia Bayle-Spence and Christina Tang.
The film, Our bodies like dams, 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).

Special Thanks: Fresh Ground Pepper’s BRB Residency

~ 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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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.



January 16, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$20 – $40


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579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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