TLAB Shares presents
Bring Your Own Body : A Dark Corner to Scream Into
Presented by Jack Meriwether with special guests Brielle Brilliant and Kay Gabriel
Oct 28th, doors at 7pm, performance at 7:30
Tickets free with RSVP
A Dark Corner To Scream Into: Jack Meriwether presents an intimate exploration into queer identity and longing in a collaboration with their brother, writer and performer Matthew Meriwether. Using as their text a series of voicemails sent by Matthew over a period of several years diligently archived and transcribed, Jack embodies their brother’s thoughts, feelings and philosophies, revealing a unique relationship between two artists, and a singular voice that is in turns funny and fragile.
Bring Your Own Body is an ongoing performance series hosted by Jack Meriwether, which began in their friend’s Brooklyn apartment in 2017. Over the years, BYOB has moved to different apartments as well as to the virtual realm. Jack is excited to bring BYOB to TheaterLab for the first time along with special guests Brielle Brilliant and Kay Gabriel. This program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps.
Jack Meriwether is a writer and performer from Ohio living in New York City. They are the author of The Panic Trilogy, a series of book-length poems published by The Garden Press in 2020. Their writing has also been published in Heavy Feather Review, The Fanzine, Deluge, bad pony, among others. Jack hosts readings and performance events in New York City and in June 2021 was a recipient of the City Artist Corps Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Matthew Meriwether is a writer and performer from Ohio living in Chicago. His writing has been published in Deluge, BOAAT, and The Dandelion Review, among others. He also writes and performs music under the name Fresh Tar. He is currently at work on his first collection of narrative essays.
Brielle Brilliant (they/them) makes films, books, and other experiences about (mis)communication, liberation, and the multiplicity of identity. They are the director of the feature film FIRSTNESS (recipient of The Grand Jury Prize at Outfest 2021), the writer of THE SPUD (Featherproof Books), and the investigator behind CALLS/DELIVERIES. They have a degree in Philosophy, have a couple others names (such as Pavli), and they dance. They are currently working on their next film, MiNOR PERVERSIONS, which mostly takes place in the woods and involves MLMH dance.
Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. She’s the author of Kissing Other People Or The House Of Fame (Rosa Press, 2021) and A Queen in Bucks County (Nightboat, 2022). With Andrea Abi-Karam she co-edited We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat, 2020).