The Secret Sharer

by Joseph Conrad

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Co-Creators:
Daniel Banks
Kwesi Johnson
Antonio David Lyons 
Adam McKinney
Ken Norris
Giovanni Ortega
Papi Salgado

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ARTWORK BY TROY LAMBERT/AFROBLU STUDIO @AFROBLUSTUDIO

TSS has received developmental funding from: Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas A&M University; Alternate Roots; Amphibian Stage Productions; MAP Fund Award; National Endowment for the Arts; New England Foundation for the Arts; and Network of Ensemble Theatres.  

DNAWORKS is a 2022 NDP Finalist Grant Award recipient. Support was made

possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Mellon Foundation to address continued sustainability needs during COVID-19 and in support of THE SECRET SHARER.



For more information, contact 
info@dnaworks.org

DNAWORKS is adapting Joseph Conrad’s 1909 novella The Secret Sharer into a mixed-media performance work. Considered an early queer text, The Secret Sharer integrates dance/text/music/projections and will be performed in an open-concept space with audiences co-creating the environment and the narrative. In an extension of our community storycircle practice, audience members will share their stories during the performance, interspersed at critical moments in the narrative.

 

This devised work is an exploration of fragility, tenderness, and intimacy in times of personal duress and societal discrimination–—the narrative of a silent, shared connection between two outsiders in the face of violence. In response to an increase in both hate crimes and the visibility of LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ youth suicides worldwide, we wish to create a space for resiliency and healing.

Developmental Residencies:
2019 Amphibian Stage Productions and Texas Christian University
2020 Espace Tycheco, Moncton, Canada
2021 Virtual Online Residency
2022 Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas A&M University