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Performance in the Borderlands brings Dan Fishback's “thirtynothing” to ASU


April 01, 2013

The ASU School of Theatre and Film’s Performance in the Borderlands brings solo performer Dan Fishback to the ASU Tempe campus to perform “thirtynothing,” which is written by Fishback and directed by Stephen Brackett. 

Fishback juxtaposes tales from the terrifying dawn of the AIDS epidemic with stories from his own more innocent childhood in those same years. As he unearths forgotten work by gay artists who died in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Fishback weaves stories from his life through stories from theirs. Searching for role models and father figures among artists such as Mark Morrisroe, David Wojnarowicz, David B. Feinberg, Essex Hemphill and many more, Fishback interacts with their work, dramatizing the generation gap between older and younger gay men. With insight, wit and his characteristic dark, neurotic humor, Fishback tears open issues of sexual intimacy, mass death and cultural memory, creating an abstract theatrical landscape where the living and the dead can co-mingle and collaborate. “thirtynothing” premiered at Dixon Place in New York City in 2011.

The performance is at 7 p.m. April 5 in Studio 133 in the Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe. Tickets are $8. 

The Performance in the Borderlands Project is a research, education and public programming initiative of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts dedicated to the understanding and promotion of cultural performance in the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico, and all the cultures this region comprises. Given the diversity of cultures and artistic traditions in these borderlands, this initiative defines performance broadly to include theatre, dance and musical practice as well as public performances of sacred and civic belonging. The project sponsors lectures, workshops, performances and public discussions with artists, critics, scholars and community members interested in performing arts in the region.

Public Contact: 
Laurie Trotta Valenti
Media Specialist
480.965.3381
laurie.trotta@asu.edu

Media Contact:
Laurie Trotta Valenti
Media Specialist
480.965.3381
laurie.trotta@asu.edu