Art is a Battlefield / YEAR OF THE MONKEY

art is a battlefield.

mara thomas wrote some dialogue. caitlin wells spitballed. olivia cucinotta led the charge. lauren dortch-crozier brought blood moon oil.  allison altman stuffed her fist down her throat. dawn l. troupe read the future. kimberlee walker roused the rabble. and jaz astwood held down the mother-effing fort.

oh, and adam lindquist, willie gambucci, & joe d'emilio are evil geniuses (and by evil we mean feminist).

and that, folks, was how YEAR OF THE MONKEY was born...



forged in the fires of misogynistic bullshit, this partly scripted, partly devised play follows a squad of badass warriors who go ape on the patriarchy, green beret-style, in the depths of the jungle. it centers on ritual, intuition, nature power, feminine rage, and modern warfare, and digs into how we unknowingly replicate the same abuses in our struggles to dismantle the master's house.

inspired by: Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider, The Spell of the Sensuous, Women Who Run With the Wolves, The Woman in the Shaman’s Body, The Things They Carried, If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, Michael Herr's Dispatches, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic; Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket; Jungian archetypes, ancient mythology... among many, many other things.


to us this whole top-down, "jump cuz i said jump" way of making art is garbage, so we take our time in delta boys to get to know one another in order to start from a place of genuine trust. as a non-hierarchical crew, we're all involved in all the decisions; we duke it out in mindful, compassionate (if at times heated) conversations; we share the work and our personal investment in the show while respecting each contributor's area of expertise. it means we can do just about anything creatively because there's a foundation of trust from which to play. if you're at all familiar with quaker decision-making, the delta boys m.o. is pretty dang quakerly. we aren't a "show up, get yer shit done, get that paycheck & bounce" kinda crew. if we're not invested in one another, how the heck are we gonna do good work together?


this spirit of equity and collaboration oozes through every step of our process. which means we have no money cuz we don't believe in capitalism (abundance > scarcity). that being said, we do want to get cool (prop) guns, rent psychedelic nightmare lights, and pay our co-creators for their (literal) blood, sweat, and tears. your generosity will fund realistic weaponry, military fatigues & dog tags, explosive horrorshow firefights, manhattan rehearsal space rentals (#yikes) and stipends for these courageous professionals.



YEAR OF THE MONKEY is presented by the tank and delta boys, and will go up june 13-22 at 7pm in the tank's 56-seat black box at 312 w. 36th street in manhattan.

but this is just the beginning. the goal is to produce YEAR OF THE MONKEY in durham, north carolina, with the performers who first inspired it, and continue to develop it in the experimental downtown scene in new york over the next couple of years.




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  • Ian Bowater  
    • $50 
    • 14 mos
  • Juliana Finch 
    • $10 
    • 15 mos
  • Lauren Smith 
    • $25 
    • 16 mos
  • Anna Lynch 
    • $50 
    • 16 mos
  • Ramsey Boyd 
    • $25 
    • 16 mos
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Fundraising team: Delta Boys Theater Company (3)

Caitlin Wells 
Brooklyn, NY
Dawn Troupe 
Team member
Jaz Astwood 
Team member
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