Is the search for divinity itself divine? BIBLE STUDY FOR HEATHENS investigates the American religious experience through one woman’s unwavering exploration of worship in the 21st century by means of ritual, tradition, games, and reenactments. An honest and revelatory new play that chronicles New York Neo-Futurist Yolanda K. Wilkinson’s personal journey and study of 10 religions.
May 10-26, 2016
Show Schedule: Tues, Thurs-Sun @ 8pm, Sun matinee @ 3pm
Talkbalk after each Sun matinee!
Judson Memorial Church Loft
55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
$18 tix NOW ON SALE. Click here. Tickets also available at the box office 30 minutes before showtime. CASH ONLY. Advanced ticket sales strongly recommended. Judson Memorial Church Loft is not accessible by wheelchair.
Photos by Hunter Canning Photography.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“Bible Study for Heathens is one woman’s fateful journey through faith that will make even the most undevout sit up, listen and most of all howl with laughter – believe it.” – Queer Voices
“Beautifully moving, making a point that transcends religion. Regardless of your own personal spirituality, Bible Study for Heathens will change how you see the need for religion. – New York Theatre Review
“With hilarious visual aids, fantastically-produced videos, sock-puppets, graphics, and sometimes intense audience participation, Yolanda chronicles her personal life quest to find some kind of meaning, attachment or even divine inspiration in ten different religions she has taken part in, since her childhood. Along the way, she hones in on some disturbing truths about the American religious experience, but in the end, she—and the audience—find hope through basic, affirming, human communion.” – Go See A Show
Yolanda K Wilkinson (Writer, Performer) a.k.a. Yeauxlanda Kay called “charismatic and funny” by Dan Bacalzo of Theatremania and “Brilliant” by Inside New York, is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, AEA and SAG/AFTRA. She was in New York Neo-Futurist production of Locker #4173b, winner of the 2011 NYIT Award. She has performed at The Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, Cherry Lane, Manhattan Theatre Club, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The National Black Theatre Festival 2001 & 2005 and The New Black Theatre Festival with Suzan Lori Parks and Lynn Nottage 2010. She toured the nation with the poetry trio The Morrigan in 2000 and 2001, and was the 2001 VH-1 Slam Champion and 2002 MTV Slam Finalist. She is featured in Slamnation 2 and Busboys & Poets in Washington D.C. reading excerpts from her book, “The Power of F*ck It”. Her one woman play, Untitled and Unfinished was last seen in festivals all over the country including: The Downtown Urban Theater Festival, The Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival and The Aspen Comedy Festival in 2004. She appeared on The Peabody Award winning, Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam, (seasons 3 & 4). She can be seen in the HBO film Undefeated directed by and starring John Leguizamo and What Goes Around winner of Best Urban Film in The NY Independent Film Festival (2004). She was in the workshop of THE BLACK MANN ACT: The Trial of Jack Johnson by Gamal Chasten and directed by John Gould Rubin in January 2011. She was “Fee” in Mac Rogers’ Sovereign, a part of the Honeycomb Trilogy, as well as The Guardian’s 10 Best Plays of 2015. Her trilogy of one acts, Mythology, made its debut at the Nuyorican Theatre in January 2004 and then moved on to a Smokin’ Word studio presentation at The Manhattan Theatre Club in February 2004. Commissioned by the Kerry Campaign, she wrote Bushwhackin’, which made its premiere at Primary Stages (west) September 2004. She is a co-writer and artist in History of the Word, and Union Square Project, which opened Crossroads Theater’s 2004-2005 seasons and Genesis Playwrights’ Festival respectively. She was one of eight handpicked poet/actors to be in residence at Kennedy Center in July 2005. Her play Hue, was accepted to the 2005 National Black Theatre Festival’s Readers’ Theatre. Her play, Inheritance, was a part of Primary Stages’ Playwright’s Festival in 2009 and presented by Red Harlem Readers January 2011. Her play, The Story of Ron & Thoto, a story told from the point of view of chimpanzees was read at Primary Stages’ ESPA Studios and considered for a Sloane grant in 2011. She was recently a part of the 2013 Fire This Time Festival in Kevin R. Free’s Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. And she is a part of Caps Lock Theater’s 2013 P-Festival as a playwright and performer with Josh Conkel, She is also a NEO-FUTURIST since 2005 and can be seen in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Joey Rizzolo (Director) has been a director, writer, & performer for the New York Neo-Futurists, producing plays for the weekly East Village staple Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind since 2005. In 2011 he co-wrote and performed in Locker #4173b (recipient of the New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production). He’s worked in various capacities in other recent New York Neo-Futurist productions, most recently this spring directing the premiere reading of Chuck Mee’s Our Times: On the Street Where I Live. He writes and directs and performs in other stuff too.
Yolanda K. Wilkinson appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
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