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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, written & performed by Keith A. Wallace
9:00 pm Captain Squeegee


Saturday, April 14
4:00 pm                The Bitter Game, written & performed by Keith A. Wallace
7:30 pm                Amy Lynn & The Honey Men

*Workshop with Keith Wallace | Apr 14 | 10 am-12 pm
Keith 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.


*trailer includes adult language

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, PAM, as each struggle to protect the other from that which seems inevitable. The Bitter Game explores the subtle and often unrecognized effects of racism and racial profiling, the prison industrial complex, the question of police agency and excessive force, the ripple effects of vicarious trauma in the communities of color, and the value of Black lives in this country. It is a timely piece of theater that addresses many social issues that are pervasive in the lives of all Americans.

The Bitter Game runs 50-minutes without intermission, with a sole African-American male actor portraying male and female characters, ranging from ages 20s to early 40s. This site-specific play was originally created to be performed on an outdoor basketball court with simple props and costume, but can also work in a traditional theater space. Originally commissioned by The La Jolla Playhouse for the 2015 International WoW Festival, the play was also a semi-finalist in the 2016 Sundance Institute Theater Lab, The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the New Dramatist Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship.


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 Thank You Scientist, Parliament Funkadelic, Foxy Shazaam, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Widespread Panic, and Beck.


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