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Disrupt FEST - April 13 & 14

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Immerse yourself in provocative and mesmerizing live performances as Disrupt FEST takes over Tempe Center for the Arts.  This two evening festival will host super-charged experiences including provocative live theatre and music, comprised of unique artists who challenge preconceived concepts of the traditional performing arts.

Friday, April 13
7:00 pm The Bitter Game, Created, Written & Performed by Keith A. Wallace,
                                Co-created and Directed by Deborah Stein
9:00 pm Captain Squeegee

Saturday, April 14
4:00 pm                The Bitter Game, Created, Written & Performed by Keith A. Wallace,
                                Co-created and Directed by Deborah Stein
7:30 pm                Amy Lynn & The Honey Men


Saturday, April 14 | 10 am - 12 pm
Free Workshop with Keith A. Wallace 
Keith A. Wallace, co-creator of The Bitter Game, a play about trauma, police brutality, and what it means to be a black man in America, will lead a public workshop about creating art for social change. Attendees are not required to have experience as artists, but must be willing to roll up their sleeves, work with others, and create something new. Registration required.
Workshop supported in partnership with the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

To Register for the workshop, CLICK HERE.

THE BITTER GAME - Southwest Premiere
Created, Written & Performed by Keith A. Wallace
Co-created and Written by Deborah Stein

*trailer includes adult language

Making its Southwest Debut, The Bitter Game is a one-act play chronicling a young Black man’s experience growing up in the inner city. We ride along with JAMEL through the neighborhood of his youth on a night he won’t soon forget. The Bitter Game, blends verse, prose and "s--t-talkin" into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while Black in America?

Ripe with pain, poetry and laughter, the play examines the relationship between a young man and his mother, as each struggle to protect the other from that which seems inevitable. The Bitter Game explores the subtle and often damaging effects of racism, bias, excessive police force and the ripple effect of vicarious trauma in the communities of color. It is a timely piece of theater that forces us to examine the value of Black lives in this country.

'The Bitter Game': Personalizing the Black Lives Matter movement through theater' 
 LA Times Review

'The Bitter Game’ Brings Black Lives Matter to the Fore' -
New York Times Review

'Basketball As Activism In Keith A. Wallace’s ‘The Bitter Game’ - The Village Voice 
Read the interview


Captain Squeegee is a psychedelic indie-rock band from Mesa, Arizona. Formed in 2002. Their songs cover content from a wide range of topics, including: conspiracies, aliens, love, and the paranormal. Captain Squeegee is a seven-piece psychedelic indie-rock band formed in Mesa Arizona in 2002. Originally a ska band, they have no original members and now blend progressive rock, jazz, and theatrical music to create a sound that is experimental and complex, having been described as “...a musical-theorist/band-geeks dream”. The members are musically trained and read/chart music including their original material, and several of them have music degrees. The band has released three full-length albums and an EP. They have toured the southwestern US several times and performed at SXSW, Warped Tour, and several other festivals in Arizona. Captain Squeegee has opened for acts such as Beck, The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, Parliament Funkadelic, Thank You Scientist, Foxy Shazaam, and Widespread Panic.

Southwest Premiere

Also making its Southwest Debut, Amy Lynn & The Honey Men is a seven-piece machine that blows glitter all over the traditional Memphis-Motown soul/rock style. At the controls is Amy Lynn, a vocal powerhouse whose unique flair of quirky, down-to-earth humor countervails against the serious musicianship of The Honey Men’s team of bari sax, tenor sax, trumpet, keys, bass, and drums. Both together and apart, members of The Honey Men draw on a range of experience playing for acts such as Roberta Flack, Spoon, Bette Midler, Red Baraat, St. Vincent, The National, Yo La Tengo, Loser's Lounge, Duffy, Antibalas, and the Radio City Orchestra.

"Miss Zanetto packs a powerhouse voice into a petite frame." - Washington Times 

"Confident, full-voiced Amy Lynn Zanetto from New York City, is obviously no stranger to the musical stage." - Damion Poirier, LA TIMES

"This is a CLASSIC sound that's being reinvented brilliantly. They aren't to be missed." - Ryan Brinson, Bleep Magazine