"My feet end in paws which obey the higher fiction. Which obey the higher fiction which is why they are always trying to outleap off the earth's orb."
-Mac Wellman, The Offending Gesture
Kev Berry is a New York-based playwright, drag performance artist, and creator of Gay mythologies. His work, both as a writer and a performer, has been seen at The Tank, Joe's Pub, 3-Legged Dog, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York Live Arts, the New Ohio Theatre, The Duplex, the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Dixon Place, The Brick Theater, Access Theater, TinyRhino@Littlefield, The 9 Studios, Otto's Shrunken Head, The Cobra Club,, Skidmore College, and across the harsh North Country of upstate New York. Kev is the former Development + Communications + Artistic Associate at 3-Legged Dog Media + Theater Group//3LD Art + Technology Center. He is an Associate Artist at The Tank and a 2017 Artist-in-Residence on the Fresh Ground Pepper BRB artists' retreat. Proud graduate of Skidmore College.
His large plays include: Fabulous Creatures; And the Glory the Glory of the Porn; Fabulist; Betty Odessa; The Commercially Unviable Queer Trash Theatre Cycle; Nora Goes 2 Space, Motherfuck*r!; (i heard) ANNA KARENINA (wanks with a toothbrush); Lisa the Little Girl, or the Joads' Long Journey East; and wouldyoupleaselistentome, or The Woodpecker Lane Play.
His small plays include: Willard Gunch and the Oracle of Billings, Montana; I Am Not Afraid to Scream from the Top of a Very Very Very Tall Mountain That I Have Empirically Discovered That Hope Hicks Is Carmen Sandiego; My Dad the Pschitte-King (As Told By The Leader's Son Who is 12); The Heat Is On In PyeongChang; North Korea South Korea Marilyn Monroe; I'm Poor; E.T. 2: Swamp Ass In Space; The Trump Project: 10 Years Later; Angelica•Peggy•Eliza WERQ!; Do You Have These In Size 39?; How the Village Got So Gay; Spaghettfied; The First 6 Months Are Free; Otospermophilus Beecheyi; In Like a Lamb Out Like a Lion; Party Poopers; At Least I Can See the Ocean; Obama's Sending Us to Mars 2112; Exit Through the Sock Hop, Won't You Be My Gaybor; The Charlie Brown Turkey Lurkey Brechtian Queer Thanksgiving Special; 2 Privileged White Women from the Upper West Side Hold a Seance and Discover Lesbianism; Satan's Lovehandles;👏 (Clap Ya Hands Like This If You Want This Bussy); Make Bobby Slay; and Screw These Daddy Issues.
He performs around the city as his drag personas, Frantic McDormand, an immortal genderless creature of excess who puts on chaotic bourbon-fueled cabarets and pageants, and Sarah Faye Bakker, a Puritan woman living in 1621 who is definitely not a witch. Frantic's large-scale solo performance events include The Barbara Cook Kennedy Center Honors (Fall 2016), Happy Days Are Queer Again (Spring 2017), The Frantic McDormand Radio City Christmas Spectacular (December 2017), and Hammersmith Odeon London 75 (forthcoming). Sarah Faye's large-scale solo performance events include the forthcoming Burned at the Stake and Goddamn It Felt Good and I'm Not a Cursed Witch, John Brinsley the Elder!
He frequently collaborates with directors Emily Moler, Ilana Khanin, and Sophie Weisskoff; music director Emma Weiss; performers James Zebooker, Teresa Langford, Gina Doherty, and Christian Eble; and with the Ann Liv Young and her company.
He contributes to Exeunt Magazine.
Currently, he is developing his play Fabulous Creatures with Fresh Ground Pepper, and most likely writing a little monologue to be performed as a part of an evening at his artistic home, The Tank.
Kev can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.