Bronx Gothic

Aug 20

(Andrew Rossi, US, 2017, 91 min)

Seattle premiere!

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Sunday, Aug 20 at 04:00PM
Sunday, Aug 20 at 08:00PM

From director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times, The First Monday in May) comes an electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show, Bronx Gothic. Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui – who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor – fuses dance, song, drama and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, Bronx Gothic allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it.

"In 2014, I saw Okpokwasili in her piece Bronx Gothic, and the top of my head blew off. A tour de force." – Hilton Als, The New Yorker
 
"Okpokwasili is quite simply a virtuoso, an exquisite singer, speaker, writer, mover, a siren who draws us to danger." – Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune

“A haunting, unflinching exploration of black female adolescence. ... affords the closer look that the piece deserves. Ms. Okpokwasili is as riveting in offstage moments as she is in performance.” – Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

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