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“The People’s Republic of Valerie” Benefit Performance

Sunday July 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

The People’s Republic of Valerie was originally commissioned for On the Boards. The People’s Republic of Valerie, The Living Room Edition is an abstract political commentary on the seemingly relentless upsurge in violence to people and the planet in recent years. It’s an attempt to transform feelings of despair, grief, and rage into something of value, into positive action, into something of beauty that might uplift and create space and occasion for imagination and community.

Writer and performer Kristen Kosmas and visual artist Leon Finley are donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the PNA’s Burritos Without Borders program. Suggested donation is $15-50, but anything is appreciated and nothing is necessary.

“The People’s Republic of Valerie, Living Room Edition is dazzling—a perfect weave of kindness, surprise, invention, insight, and action. Oh, and it’s funny! It left me and every person in the room feeling profoundly grateful — for the show itself and for the world.”  —Steve Moore, Artistic Director, Physical Plant Theater, Austin, TX

This intimate performance is limited to 30 guests.


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Leon Finley is a trans, interdisciplinary artist born in Seattle, WA in 1987. His work crosses over performance, sculpture and drawing and comes out of his experiences having a physical and spiritual body. His work is concerned with interdependency: The relationships between all kinds of bodies (human, animal, plant, object, architecture, sound, etc.) and the idea that bodies are vibrating, that matter is not solid but is, in fact, moving, permeable and changeable.  Leon received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2009 and his MFA in Sculpture from Yale in 2012. Leon was the recipient of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Prize in 2009, the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize, the Dan David Prize Scholarship in 2012, and was a finalist for The Henry Art Gallery Brink Award in 2017. Leon has shown work around New York and Seattle including galleries such as The Alice and the Jacob Lawrence gallery and has performed in venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and Movement Research.  Leon has taught at Cooper Union, Virginia Commonwealth University and Montclair State University. He currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Kristen Kosmas is a writer and performer. She has had new works commissioned by On the Boards (Seattle), the Chocolate Factory (NYC), Performance Space 122 (NYC), The Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf (NYC), Seattle University’s SITE Specific, Dixon Place (NYC), and the New City Theater in Seattle. Her plays and critically acclaimed solo performances have been presented in Seattle, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and in New York City at numerous venues including the Chocolate Factory, PS 122, La Mama, Dixon Place, the Prelude festival, Barbès, the Ontological/Hysteric Downstairs Series, and the Poetry Project. Her play Hello Failure was published by Ugly Duckling Presse; her multi-voice performance text This From Cloudland appears in issue #4 of “PLAY A Journal of Plays”; ANTHEM and The Mayor of Baltimore and There There were published by 53rd State Press; and her play APEX appears in “15 Second Plays Curated by the Debate Society,” published by UDP. As a performer, Kristen has appeared in many notable new plays including Awaiting Oblivion by Tim Smith-Stewart, Potatoes of August by Sibyl Kempson, Mark Smith by Kate Ryan, ASTRS and Some Things Cease To Be While Others Still Are by Karinne Keithley, The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, Producers of Fiction by Jim Strahs, The Florida Project by Tory Vazquez, and Hurricane by Erin Cressida Wilson. Kosmas is a founding member of the OBIE Award-winning performance series Little Theater (NYC); The Twenty-Five Cent Opera of San Francisco, a monthly event for the enactment of texts and theatricals (NYC); and Birthday Girl, a liberatory space for new performance in Seattle. Kosmas is also a founding member of Machiqq/The Ladies Auxilliary Playwriting Team, a women’s experimental play- and performance-writing collective. Kristen was an Assistant Professor of Theater at Whitman College from 2011 to 2018, when she achieved tenure before returning home to live in Seattle full time with her partner and her community. She is a current member of New Dramatists in New York City. 


Sunday July 21, 2019
7:30 pm
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