SHIT

“I think you’re dodging.  What?  I think you’re afraid and you want a cure.”

Written by Julia Lee Barclay-Morton

Genre: Performing arts theatre

Dates:

  • Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 5:00pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater (64 E. 4th St. NYC 10003)

Synopsis

SHIT is a meditation and rage-cry about powerlessness, violence–both public and private. About the way so-called victims are silenced and categorized, and how we try to avoid the pain of pain, the sanctions for speaking out about abuse–especially for women–and the ways that public violence and grieving for those deaths is sanctioned, whereas domestic violence is shrouded in silence, shame and secrecy, so the burden is on the violated. SHIT attempts to delve beneath the way we usually dance around these issues, attempting instead to unearth the ingrained patterns. The text is driven by a sometimes frantic, sometimes darkly funny, sometimes excruciatingly painful search for a way out of our collective rut. SHIT was written in response to one of many terrorist attack, which resonated unsettlingly with my experience of living in NYC on 9/11, in London on 7/7, and in San Francisco during the 1989 earthquake. SHIT is not about seeing ourselves as victims or a catalogue of events, but an attempt to unearth the deeper causes and effects of violence (overt, systemic, symbolic, natural, human-made), and how these public events reverberate with more personal seismic events, generally hidden from view, that need to be made visible before healing is possible.

About the Playwright

Dr. Julia Lee Barclay is an award-winning writer and director whose work has been published and produced internationally. Having lived in NYC most of her adult life, she lived and worked in London from 2003-11 where she was Founding Artistic Director of Apocryphal Theatre (www.flyingoutofsequence.org) from 2004-11. Her writing has been published and performed internationally. She has directed and taught workshops in techniques discovered in labs she led in NYC and London at many universities and venues throughout Europe and the US.  She is now focusing on her writing.  Along with SHIT, she spent many years working on a book based on the lives of her grandmothers The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography Of Dick & Jani (long listed for Mslexia Prize) and recently completed a coming of age novel Girls Meeting God. She writes about life, theater, politics and everything in between on her blog ‘Somewhere in Transition’ (http://julialeebarclay.blogspot.com). She teaches writing workshops uptown and works as a coach/editor, and at Fordham. She received her practice-as-research PhD (with a full fellowship) in 2010 from Northampton (UK) arguing theater can be an act of philosophy, and her BA with High Honors in Theater from Wesleyan University in 1986.