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 Bad Water, True West
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A workshop performance of Bad Water, True West or Between Myself the Crickets and the Coyote. Premiered July 14 & July 15, 2022 at Bad Water Gallery

Bad Water, True West is the frist iteration of BAD WEST, a drag king adaptation of Sam Shepard’s play, True West. Each iteration responds to the gallery it is performed in. Sam Shepard’s play of toxic-masculinity is a jumping off point for an event of liberation and defiance. The adapted script rides off the vapors of Sam Shepard, channeling the wise crackles and nervous energy into a theater of fool, worms and toaster. Two drag kings feel their way through codependecy and competition as their wise crackles and loose-lipped puns heat the theater which is now rhythmic and overgrown. Lost in the sea of otherness, they perform home-magic-rituals, recite socialist manifestos, and eventually shoot the shit to the other side. Everything is a little dangerous, like a toaster that starts a brush fire, or an entertainer that becomes possessed by bravado. The piece was performed by Sophia Cleary and Ada Friedman. Beaux Mendes joined as the plein-air painter, to live-paint the narrative as it was being perfromed.

Performed By
Sophia Cleary...Lee/Coyote
Ada Friedman...Austin/Cricket
Adam Hughes...Audience Plant/Mom
Beaux Mendes....Plein-Air-Painter
Amanda Horowitz...Shepard

Funded through a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant special thanks to Kelsie Conley, Max Eilbacher, Gracie Scott, Miranda Friedman, Steph Zimmerman, Karinne Keithy Syers and Pelagic School participants.