Decolonizing My Vagina
The Ashe Collective
Written & performed by Cristina Pitter
Featuring performance and original music by Starr Busby
Directed by Jordana De La Cruz
January 8, 22, 29 @ 8pm
The Ashe Collective presents Decolonizing My Vagina created by Cristina Pitter, featuring the music of Starr Busby, directed by Jordana De La Cruz
Decolonizing My Vagina is a performance piece of ritual, storytelling, and poetry written and performed by Cristina Pitter, with music created and performed by Starr Busby. In this piece, Pitter explores her personal stories of love, devastation, and the tricky path to healing and reclaiming oneself by examining her intimate encounters and reconciling her desires of white men.
Cristina Pitter is a queer fat babe interdisciplinary artist, sex educator, and founder of The Ashe Collective, which focuses on storytelling inspired by ancestral roots and identities while also engaging in community outreach. She also has the best laugh ever. Seriously. You might have seen her work at Ars Nova, Classic Stage, New Ohio Theatre, Joe’s Pub, The PIT, The Tank, The Flea Theater, JACK, Dixon Place, or three separate but specific bathtubs. She most recently finished up a jaunt in Houston at Stages Repertory Theatre for the world premiere of BALLS by Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery, which will be playing at 59E59 Jan-Feb 2018. Feel free to follow her antics on Twitter @isisgypsy and Instagram @lavidagypsy.
Starr Busby is an experimental avant-garde soul singer, songwriter, composer and actor. She began her career at The Grammy Award Winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX, then earned a bachelor of music and certificate in music theatre from Northwestern University. Recent credits include: Decolonizing My Vagina (New Ohio Theatre/Fridays on Ice); Moby Dick (workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Mikrokosmos (Steirischer Herbst, Graz); The Girl with the Incredible Feeling (Spoleto Festival di Mondi); The Offending Gesture (The Tank, Flint and Tender Series); La Mama Cantata (La Mama E.T.C., international tour) as well as various concerts and solo shows. She often performs with Brooklyn based experimental soul band People's Champs (peopleschamps.com) and has appeared with Alice Smith and Esperanza Spalding. Recently she released the song and video "Ms Bland", a tribute to Sandra Bland and all other lives lost to police brutality. Her music is available via iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
Jordana De La Cruz is a Brooklyn-based director and producer. She creates events, performances, and public programs that spark cross cultural dialogue and challenge the traditional notions of identity and sexuality. She has worked with The Flea Theater, IATI Theater, INTAR Theatre, Labyrinth Theater Company, The Story Pirates, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, New York Madness and New Georges. Jordana is currently curating public programs at the Park Avenue Armory, a cultural arts institution dedicated to producing unconventional work.