January 30 at 7:00 PM, February 1 at 7:00 PM, & February 3 at 9:00 PM

Runtime: 45 minutes

Masks are required for all SUITE/Space performances. Please wear a mask that fits securely over your mouth and nose at all times in public spaces (hallways, bathroom, lobby, elevator). If you do not have one, we can provide one for you.

Mabou Mines
150 First Avenue (Second Floor), NYC 10009


Late Bloomer is a poetic musical performance about love, longing, and ambition written and performed by Naima Lowe, with a highly improvised punk-jazz musical score co-created with musicians kara lynch and Jordan Wright, and with direction by Asher Hartman. As the Late Bloomer, Naima embodies a heightened version of herself experiencing various stages of a secret, unrequited love affair with an unseen and unknowable figure known as “the old man who has agreed to be the human embodiment of her ambition” or simply “Ambition.” Ambition is charming, elusive, and may or may not be a figment of the Late Bloomer’s imagination. Combining tactics from experimental theater, improvisational music, spoken-word poetry, and physical comedy, Late Bloomer is about a monstrously beautiful body and soul embracing its multiplicity and sexual power by growing ever bigger, badder, and more willing to risk it all in the name of love.

Content Warnings: Sexually Explicit Language, Partial Nudity


Photo credit: September Dawn Bottoms

Naima Lowe (she/her/hers) is a Black queer disabled writer and artist who creates performances, texts and videos using transgressive and radical traditions of Black utterance. She earned her BA from Brown University and MFA from Temple University where she was a Student Academy Award Finalist for her experimental nonfiction film “Birthmarks.” “Birthmarks” also won Best Experimental Film at The Newark Black Film Festival, Best Sound Design at the NextFrame International Student Film Festival and in 2020 received the Duke University Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Awards, where it is now part of the permanent collection.

Naima’s screenings and exhibitions include Anthology Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, National Queer Art Festival, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Henry Art Gallery. Naima’s essays, poetry and artist books have been published by The Encyclopedia Project, Sound American Magazine, and Walls Divide Press. Her self published artist book “39 Questions For White People” is held in the permanent collections of Harvard University Library, Franklin and Marshall College, The University of Buffalo, among many community based and institutional rare books libraries. Naima has held artist residency fellowships at the Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and The Lighthouse Works.

Naima was a 2021-2022 Mid America Arts Alliance Interchange Artist Fellow, recipient of the 2022-23 Mid America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovation Award, and a recipient of a 2022 Jazz Road Creative Residency. In 2020, Naima launched her independent art and design imprint Trial and Error and since 2021 has been a Community Coordinator for the online writing community at Louis Place. Naima resides in Tulsa, within the Muscogee Creek Nation Reservation, where she spends her time being free and talking to animals.


Special Thanks

Emmy Bean, September Dawn Bottoms, Taylor Ho Bynum, David Caruso, Evan Clayburg, Claudia DeSimone, Lois Eady, Quincy Flowers, Lewis Freedman, Dylan Gaultier, Andrea Geyer, Jeffrey Gockel, Vera Haddad, Jessica Harvey, Shira Hassan, Sally Hensel, Steffani Jemison, The Lowe Family, The Myers Family, Nate Malinowski, Kristina Nygaard, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Eliza Schmidt, Lighthouse Works S57 and Lucas Wrench.

Late Bloomer has been supported by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, The Lighthouse Works Residency Fellowship, the Mid America Arts Alliance Innovation Award, The Jazz Road Creative Residency and the Foundation For Contemporary Art Emergency Fund.