Welcome to the Monk Parrots "GRBL" Swing Space site.

This is a basic site for information related to Gay Rodeo By-Laws, a new theatre work being developed as part of The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's 2011 Swing Space Artist Residency.  Conceived, directed and designed by Luke Leonard.  Made by Monk Parrots.  Music by Paris-based composer, Samuel Andreyev.

GRBL is a performance event that asks questions about western heritage and social perception; loosely inspired by the poetic-documentary style of James Agee's book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.   Whereas Agee’s subject is “sharecroppers,” GRBL examines "citizens.”  In LUNPFM, Agee studies three tenant farming families; GRBL follows a family of three rejects.  The stage design requires a long hallway effect.  Scenic drops hang at intervals down the length of the stage.  During the performance, scenery drops to show another new performance space.  The distance created speaks to one of the themes we are exploring: that of distance from one's culture.  As the piece unfolds, each layer will allow for an accumulation of potent symbols and visual fields evoking a journey through the "world" of GRBL.

Swing Space presents Workshop Performances of Gay Rodeo By-Laws (GRBL) by Monk Parrots and Director Luke Leonard

Dates and Times

Saturday, May 21, 2PM

followed by a Q&A with GRBL creators moderated by director/writer/actress and Monk Parrots Board Member Nicole Potter-Talling

Sunday, May  22, 7PM


The Vaults at 14 Wall Street

This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP is required: info@monkparrots.org

Space at The Vaults at 14 Wall Street is generously donated by Capstone Equities.

Read more on the Announcements Page.

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