Virgo 2° (August 25)
As you know it has been a lot of hours talking and trying to work with Endicott College. I do have big hopes for the collaboration and I really enjoy working with the team there. I’m excited for this leg of the journey I must say and I think we have a really good release going that really sums up what it’s all about. I’ll let you decide….
Gravitational Fool, a musical circus by Brian King & What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? gets Premier Showcase at Endicott College Arts Center, September 27, with a Special Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in Debut of Moveable GLOW Festival
Beverly, MA August 2018: With an expedition grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Quinn Cox—founder, with Tony-award-winner John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) of Provincetown’s non-profit Afterglow Festival and the Afterglow-at-Oberon (Glowberon) series at the American Repertory Theater—will present Brian King’s original musical Gravitational Fool as a special showcase at the Endicott College Manninen Center for the Arts in Beverly, MA, on September 27, 2018. The (NEFA) grant is awarded to non-profits to plan tours throughout the region for New England artists. Gravitational Fool, which premiered at Afterglow and was presented at Oberon/ART, is the inaugural stage work to be presented under a new non-profit aegis: GLOW, “A Moveable Festival.”
Backed by his neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, singer-songwriter, Brian King performs an internal-external wrestling match onstage through monologue, make-up, costume, aerialism and original music. “Gravitational Fool is about identity and its many, many layers,” King explains. “We have the ‘we’ everyone says we are, the ‘we’ we want to be, and the many contradictory ‘we’s we actually are.” Packed with pathos, Gravitational Fool thoughtfully surveys the relegation of the queer person to the archetype of The Fool, throughout history and artistic mediums. Nancy Bauer, Dean of Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) says: “At once joyous and elegiac…Gravitational Fool explores the multifarious moods and personae of the clown…the show is both ethically productive and hugely fun.”
Now in its eighth year, the Afterglow Festival has produced upwards of seventy-five artists; premiering works that moved off-Broadway, like James Lecesne’s Absolute Brightness, Drew Droege’s Bright Colors and Bold Patterns; and others like Penny Arcade’s Longing Lasts Longer, Dane Terry’s Anytime Moe, Justin Vivian Bond’s Mx. America and sequel Hedwig work by John Cameron Mitchell; championing the careers of Bridget Everett, Cole Escola and John Early and others in Provincetown and Cambridge. The new GLOW will seek to create a circuit of progressive venues throughout New England for artists to tour.
For Cape Ann native King and bandmates, and Cox whose family lives on the North Shore, the state-of-the-art Manninen Center was the perfect choice of venue for this showcase. “The North Shore is home to sophisticated audiences who will appreciate Brian’s genius brand of musical, theatrical artistry,” says Cox. “Besides searing talent, all our artists embody a strong narrative and cultural conscience; and they are not only evolving the worlds of theater and live performance, but the social discourse itself.”
The Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College and Performing Arts Department seek to celebrate the intersection of the arts. “Gravitational Fool epitomizes our mission in 2018,” said Becca Kenneally, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts. “With relevant subject-matter, and fresh presentational style, we feel this is exactly where educational arts should live.”
Glow and Endicott College present Gravitational Fool, Thursday, September 27, at 8PM at Endicott’s Rose Hall, Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA. Tickets www.tickets.endicott.edu or 978-998-7700 Information: (978) 232-2397 or www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts
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