And She Leaned Over The Lip Of The Tub
And She Reached Her Hand Into The Water
And Cupped My Thing In Her Hand
I Remember She Cupped It
And She Said
This Aint No Weapon
Yr Daddy Aint Figured That Out Yet
He Might Never Figure That Out
But Im Telling You
This Aint No Weapon
You Hear Me, She Said
And I Think I Nodded
I Knew To Do That Much At Least
And She Said
No Matter How Big It Gets
It Aint No Weapon
AND SHE WOULD STAND LIKE THIS
4W, 2M, 3 Gender Neutral
In an unnamed hospital
In an unnamed city
Hecuba and her daughters
Await a diagnosis.
This dramatic re-telling of Euripides' The Trojan Women tells the story of a family fighting for survival in the midst of a mysterious plague.
World Premiere, The Movement Theatre Company, New York City, 2017: dir. David Mendizábal
Workshop, Drama League Next Stage Residency, 2016: dir. David Mendizábal
Workshop, 20% Theatre Company, Q-STAGE: New Works Series Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, 2015: dir. David Mendizábal
Reading, PRELUDE, 2014: dir. David Mendizábal
Workshop, Drama League Rough Draft, 2014: dir. David Mendizábal
*AUDELCO "VIV" Nominations for Best Choreography (Kia LaBeija) and Best Lighting Design (Brian Tovar), 2017
“Greek tragedy meets Harlem ball scene. Fantastic!”
"RuPaul's Drag Race vibes in this modern version of an epic Greek tragedy. Brave, fierce, and 'a theatrical slap'...a wake-up call on so many levels!"
Full Review: https://www.yesbroadway.com/showstosee/andshewouldstandlikethis
--Jed Ryan, The Huffington Post
Full Review: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/keeping-it-together-in-the-family-the-movement-theatre_us_59784754e4b0940189700dc8
"A powerful piece of theater... audacious... it cracks the lid wide open on beautiful beings that are all too often overlooked in a normative—and all too often staid—society that favors conformity over individual style"
--Ryan Leeds, thebroadwayblog.com
Full Review: http://thebroadwayblog.com/and-she-would-stand-like-this/
"The play beautifully complicates the essential trauma of kinship, love, and belonging... Rivers and the talented cast use chorus, repetition, and performance to their highest level of impact."
--Julia Berick, The Paris Review
Full Review: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/tag/and-she-would-stand-like-this/
"Rivers gives implicit respect to his characters — poor, queer New Yorkers of color – by placing them in a classic tragedy that for 2,500 years has been populated by gods and goddesses, kings and queens."
--Jonathan Mandell, NewYorkTheater.me
Full Review: https://newyorktheater.me/2017/07/24/and-she-would-stand-like-this-review-lgbtq-house-of-euripides-snap/
“You know you’re a theater geek when you don’t really read the program before watching the show and then suddenly realize, “Oh, wait a minute, this is a drag version of Euripides’ Greek tragedy The Trojan Women” – and this revelation makes you fall in love with the play almost immediately…”
--Matthew Everett, Twin Cities Daily Planet
Full Review: http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/review-q-stage-set-b-20-theatre-company-greek-tragedy-in-drag-and-other-treats/
“… Harrison David Rivers’ adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women, was scintillating, thought-provoking and penetrating (no pun intended). Paired with David Mendizábal’s directorial prowess, the piece was a welcomed re-imagining of a story that—let’s be real—was in desperate need of a makeover. Or, to borrow verbiage from ‘drag’ and ‘ball culture’ —foundational spaces in the world of Rivers’ play—The Trojan Women needed to have its ‘face beaten’.”
--Korde Tuttle, CULTUREBOT
Full Review: http://www.culturebot.org/2014/10/22372/in-progress-a-prelude-2014-reflection/