baldwin[GIOVANNI]brando is an interrogation of the way black bodies, specially Baldwin’s body, become mythologized by removing the complexity and humanity of the lived experience in order to fit comfortably inside a heteronormative white social ideology and a fractured exploration of oppression and the struggle to connect through it. On a narrative level baldwin[GIOVANNI]brando uses the conceit of the room in the novel as the foundation for it’s exportation. The piece takes place in the room of the novel but inserts Baldwin’s body into the narrative through projection, recordings, writings and images. Baldwin’s gaze and voice are seen and heard throughout the piece. The performers weave between histories and identities imagined and real, fictional and biographical. It is an attempt to explore oppression and the complexities of normativity and otherness through paying tribute to Baldwin’s work, biography and legacy. It is a RE-membering of Baldwin through the collective consciousness of queer artists influence by his work and live in his wake.
JOHNNY G. LLOYD is a New York-based writer and producer. Recent productions include PATIENCE (Corkscrew Theatre Festival, Columbia University), ROUND (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival), IT’S A GHOST STORY (Homebase Collective), PLANT THERAPY (Columbia University), PAWN (InVersion Theatre), A BRIEF HISTORY OF STAMPS (The Tank); THE EXTREME CLIMATOLOGICAL HAPPENING (TinyRhino); and IN THE WOODS WE RETURN (Fringe NYC). Other recent plays include OR, AN ASTRONAUT PLAY; RUINATION; ROUND, and STRIP HEARTS. His work has been seen and developed at 59E59, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, The Kelly’s Writers House, TheatreLab in Boca Raton, and more. Johnny is a member of the 2019-2020 Liberation Theatre Company’s Writing Residency. Johnny was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Open-Application Commission at Clubbed Thumb and was the 2017-2018 Shubert Fellow for Playwriting at Columbia University. MFA Candidate in Playwriting at Columbia University. jglloyd.weebly.com