SUITE/Space 2019


Cinthia Chen |  Anna May Wong, The Actress Who Died a Thousand Deaths

January 31 & February 2 at 7pm and February 1 at 8:30pm

Marcelle Davies-Lashley | Liberian Girl in Brooklyn

January 31 & February 2 at 8:30pm and February 1 at 7pm

Cristina Pitter | decolonizing my vagina

February 4 – 6 at 8:30pm

Edisa Weeks | THREE RITES: Liberty

February 4 – 6 at 7pm

Mabou Mines’ performance initiative SUITE/Space provides artistic mentorship, development, rehearsal space, and opportunities for public performances in our new 99-seat theater to artists that reflect NYC’s rich cultural landscape and share Mabou Mines’ commitment to breaking new ground in form and content.

This program is supported, in part, by The New York Community Trust from the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Arts, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and the Indie Theater fund.


Jan 31, Feb 1 & 2

Cinthia Chen / Anna May Wong, The Actress Who Died a Thousand Deaths

Returning to the US after a discouraging tour in China, Anna May Wong drinks herself into a stupor, and dreams transport her back to her time on set, grappling with constrictions placed upon her because of her race and sex. "The Actress Who Died a Thousand Deaths" utilizes ‘live cinema theater’ to recreate and reimagine moments from Wong’s films and life; to subvert type-casted, Orientalist tropes and offer a ‘re-framing’ on stage.


February 4, 5, 6

Cristina Pitter / decolonizing my vagina

"decolonizing my vagina" - is a ritual performance piece that explores the relationship to self love and self worth as seen through the experiences of a queer fat woman of color who has dated primarily white men. Weaving together music, poetry, and storytelling, these complex intersections of intimacies are brought to life.


Jan 31, Feb 1 & 2

Marcelle Davies-Lashley / Liberian Girl in Brooklyn

"Liberian Girl in Brooklyn" is a little bit of Marcelle’s life and family history. Through dance music and drama it will explores the experiences of her grandmother who was a Christian missionary in Liberia, West Africa and in turn her mother and her siblings who were born on that mission.


February 4, 5, 6

Edisa Weeks / THREE RITES: Liberty

Connected like a puppet to objects that have informed the Black experience in America, multi-media artist Edisa Weeks alternates between black face, white face, storytelling and visceral dance to dig into the foundations of Liberty in America.