HB Resident Artist, I Don’t Wanna See That?!!?! presents THE MANNEQUIN PLAY

April 14 at 2:30 PM

at HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank St, New York

“The Mannequin Play” is a folk-rap musical devised by NYC drag performers and members of the performance art collective “I Don’t Wanna See That?!!?!” The play follows a family of three mannequins, Sale, Glossy, and Liver, working at a department store in Bushwick as their store closes and ultimately separates them. The three are thrust into unfamiliar worlds and are forced to create new families while they try to reunite with each other.

I Don’t Wanna See That?!!?! is an alt performance art collective based in Brooklyn that specializes in the high art of cringe and community. We primarily feature drag, clown, burlesque, live music, stand up comedy, and experimental theatre. Our approach to all of our pieces is a complete blend of mediums. Our theatre involves drag and burlesque and clown. And our performance art events might as well be theatre. A true cross pollination of art and heresy. The collective believes that art should be viewed by everyone and not just those who can afford it.

Tank (Director/Co-Writer/The Roach Queen)- Tank is a Brooklyn-based drag performer and theatre creator. They are a founding member of I Don’t Wanna See That?!!?! and have curated work for Satellite Art Club, H0L0, and Ange Noir. Recent Credits: Mx. Piggy Makes an Only Fans (Writer/Mx. Piggy- The Exponential Festival), Cynthia x Cynthia (Co-Creator – Brainchild), Rain and Zoe Saves the World (Ass. Director/ Jermyn St Theatre), The Real Househoes of Bushwick Present: A Fourth of July in Versailles (Director/Performer- Satellite Art Club), The Hooters Play (Krystal Krystal – Satellite Art Club).

Ray Johnson (Sale/Composer)- Ray is a Brooklyn based stage and voice over actor, songwriter, musician, visual artist, meditation guide, reiki practitioner, and devised theatre enthusiast. He has a degree in ensemble creation and acting from Pace University, and has devised new theatrical pieces with groups such as underlords (Exponential Festival, Target Margin), I Don’t Wanna See That?!!?! (Satellite Art Club), and Girl Be Heard (HERE Arts Center). He has written and performed original music for multiple productions including Mad Dog Blues (The Hive) and Men on Boats (Access Theater), and performed original folk music at venues including Arlene’s Grocery, H0L0, Dixon Place, and Coney Island Baby.

Stephanie Orta-Vázquez (Delilah/Co-Writer) Stephanie is a New York based actor, writer, and all- around collaborating artist born and raised in Puerto Rico. Some of their recent work includes The Mannequin Play (The Brick), Salome (Irondale Center), Water Water Everywhere (w/ Exquisite Corpse Company), & What You’ve Done (nominated for best actress NY Summerfest), among others. Stephanie is currently cast as Hermia in NeoPolitical Cowgirls’s upcoming production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. “Para mi isla, siempre.” stephanieortavazquez.com

Darius Lamont (Liver/Composer)- Darius is a Brooklyn-based Comedian, Writer, And just a multi- hyphenated person. Darius has had residencies at Broadway and Greenwich Village Comedy Club respectively. Darius is also a founding member of I Don’t Wanna See That?!!?! and has curated work for Satellite Art Club, and H0L0 Recent Credits: Space Rats, Rats in space ( Co-Creator – Brainchild) , The Real Househoes of Bushwick Present: A Fourth of July in Versailles (Performer- Satellite Art Club), Burning Milk (Creator, Producer, Performer Satellite Art Club),The Hooters Play (Producer/Performer- A Hooters Girl Named Darius. Satellite Art Club).

Shellique Valleé, (The Crow) commonly known as Charlie Wo is a NYC multi-talented creative. Shellique is the founder of Beyond The Kween, a social media series dedicated to highlighting drag in NYC.Their recent credits include: The Mannequin Play (Role: The Crow/The Brick Theater) | June 2022 Film | ““Dream A Little Dream” Stepping, Standing, and swinging with Lucille and Louis Armstrong” (Role: Assistant Director, MUA) | Feb. 2022, Acting | The Hooters Play (Role: Charlie Wo/ Satelite Art Club) | Nov. 2021 Web-Series | “Beyond The Kween” (Executive Producer) | June 2021 Acting | The Real Househoes of Bushwick Presents: A Fourth of July in Versailles (Role: Charlie Wo/Satellite Art Club) | July 2021, Web-Series | Hotline (Role: MUA) | S.1 Ep. 6&8

Mannequin Play graphic designed by Lisa Marie Montgomery
I Don’t Wanna See That?!!?! graphic designed by Katie Kalupson

HB Studio is dedicated to training and practice for the theater, and seeks to provide a commerce-free environment for the nurturing and growth of theater artists. In pursuit of this goal, HB offers five one-week Rehearsal Space Residencies each year for the development of creative projects. The HB Rehearsal Space Residency is an opportunity for practicing theater artists to collaborate on experimental projects, develop new work, and share workshop presentations among peers and colleagues, for constructive critical feedback and mutual growth. The Rehearsal Space Residency is an open opportunity; you do not have to be affiliated with HB Studio to apply. However we do ask that our resident artists work with us to engage with our community of students and faculty while in residence at HB. For more information on our HB Residencies. Click here.


This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.