Base Residency Entry Point: Drama Tops
March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm)
Please join us at Base on Sunday, March 3 at 4pm for Drama Tops “Off the Lead” showing and conversation.
Drama Tops is excited to use this Base Residency as a production residency for their new work, “DADS” which explores Shane and Elby’s relationships to their fathers, their complex thoughts on becoming dads, and their queer, male thoughts of “getting a Daddy” and “turning into a daddy”.
As part of their research in fatherhood and leadership Drama Tops will be working on a new mentorship program called “Off the Lead” which invites their peers into space to have their own rehearsals during the residency. Drama Tops will be immersed in conversations with their peers about each other’s work as a way to share opportunities and be “arts daddies” for each other. This program aims to give queer people space to make and talk about their work while encouraging artists to “unleash” their artistic ideas and question hierarchical structures of mentorship.
These works-in-process will be shown in the final “Off the Lead” showing and conversation as a part of Base’s Residency Program.
Space is limited– please reserve a free ticket in advance. Masks are encouraged, but not required at Base.
Drama Tops is co-topped by Elby Brosch, a transman, and Shane Donohue, a fairly cisman. As self-professed “Seattle’s hottest postmodern, nightlife performance duo.”, we are committed to creating queer performance that brings campy postmodernism to the clubs and queer nightlife to concert stages. Essentially, we are sassy li’l shits with an appetite for esoteric modern dance and pop music. Our signature sense of irony parodies macho archetypes by using our overwhelmingly masculine bodies to create work that illiciates cheering, crying, and throwing money.
Combining clear physical signifiers with abstract movements and sparse text, we share our unique perspectives on relatable topics. Weaving in pop culture references with niche modern dance tropes to create surreal realities that are often too real. Drama Tops allows us to live our dreams, learn about the world, and deal with our gay-ass lives.
In the past, you may have seen Drama Tops in the first of their self produced full-length shows, Boys! Boys! Boys!,Drama Tops, this is for you, at Washington Hall as well as in the international tour of The Jinkx + Dela Holiday Show. Their work has also been presented at On the Boards in Northwest New Works and at Velocity in Fall Kick Off. In the gay bars of Seattle you might have seen them in a drag show at Kremwerk’s Family Meal, Sissy Butch, or Catharsis; at Cha Cha in Heels!; at the Unicorn in High F@ggotry; at Clock Out Lounge in Tush!; and more.