Am I A Man

BEST OF SF FRINGE WINNER, Dazie Grego-Sykes presents "Am I A Man" a masterfully told story full of deep thought provoking characters who confront the violence that turns sissies into men. In the spirit of the Pomo Afro Homo's this work brings you into the core of Black Gay urban life The show with the most stars wins our Audience Choice Award! Click here to leave your review: https://www.chalcal.com/FRIGIDNewYork/frigid2019/am_i_a_man

Best OF San Francisco Fringe Winner Dazié Grego-Sykes returns to the stage to offer audiences AM I A MAN, an exploration of gender expectations and queer masculinity. This work is Dazié’s protest response to the slaying of Jorge Steven Mercado, a Puerto Rican teenager whose killer solicited him for sex, believing him to be a female. When his killer discovered Mercado was in fact male, he was murdered, decapitated, dismembered, and burned.

 

This multidisciplinary solo work focuses on the ways in which gay men of color claim and hold their masculinity. This is a masterfully told story full of deep thought provoking characters with a richness and honesty that is rarely seen. In the spirit of the Pomo Afro Homo's this work brings you into the core of what is Black and Gay.

 

AM I A MAN takes a unique look at masculinity from a gay male perspective. "Historically, we have been conditioned to define gender and sexuality norms from the viewpoint of the heterosexual community," Grego explains, "but maleness exists regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. AM I A MAN maintains a core identity-based in manhood while bending the ideologies around what it actually means to be a man."

 

“Violence is the streets cruel way it helps us all be true. They couldn’t have allowed themselves to have the man they wanted without it. And how else could I become the man you see now?”

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