News: Solo Show "Flayed" Makes East Coast Debut June 16-17 at 2024 Queerly Festival

Flayed, written and performed by L.A.-based actor and writer Josiah Blount and directed by David Bridel, Founding Artistic Director of The Clown School, as well as an artist, scholar, author, and educator, will make its East Coast debut as part of the 2024 Queerly Festival with FRIGID New York at UNDER St. Marks (94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009) with performances on Sunday, June 16 at 7pm and Monday, June 17 at 9pm. 

Flayed is the story of a man on the verge of a breakdown, or maybe spiritual enlightenment. Joshua is fresh out of pastor's college and delivering his first sermon to a conservative church in Southwest Virginia. This trial-run sermon will determine if he joins the church staff as an Associate Pastor, something he's longed for his whole life. However, Joshua is queer, deeply closeted, and on the precipice of a mental breakdown. As his sermon progresses, his pristine public self begins to falter, and his messy, complex, internal world is revealed. His mind is a fantasy landscape full of eclectic characters who express all his sinful rage, lust, and violence. Will he be able to hide the hellfire within? Or will his whole identity go up in flames?

Flayed most recently won the Solofest 2024 Best of Fest Award. In the 2023 HFF, the show also won the Soaring Solo Social Impact Award and a Best of Broadwater Award. It was nominated for The Fringe First Award (Best World Premiere), the 2Cents Immersive Worlds Award, and the San Diego International Fringe Festival Exchange Award, where its entire run was sold out.

The creative team includes Associate Director and Sound Designer Taubert Nadalini and Choregrapher Taylor Sieve.

Tickets to Flayed are $25 and are available for advance purchase at The performance will run approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.


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