Open Call: Kyle Dacuyan

JUN 27 – 29
An episodic monologue contemplating information, media, surveillance, and remote violence


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About this commission

You’re driving. You’re flying.

You’re working. You’re listening.

To WBXI 104 FM. Hi stranger,

Hi caller. You heard it here first.

The reports. Of a threat.

What’s underway and what’s needed.

Dad calling in the back-ups.

Dad swaggers, Dad testifies.

You’ve heard this one before.

This one’s just for you.

Across episodic investigations of language and gesture, Kyle Dacuyan considers cultural constructions of masculinity. What protective characters arise from fictions of vulnerability, and how do those figures shape structures of empire? Dad Rock is an export, a mood, and a method. Dad Rock is a monologue that falls apart because of poetry.

Creative Team

A portrait of Kyle Dacuyan. He stands outside in a garden area with green bushes behind him and a stone building in the background. He poses with his hands behind his back. He wears a white button down shirt, white slacks, and has bleached blond hair. Photo by Tess Mayer
Photo: Tess Mayer.
Kyle Dacuyan
Kyle Dacuyan
Creator and Performer
Kyle Dacuyan (he/they) is a 2021 NEA Fellow in Creative Writing and author of INCITEMENTS (Ugly Duckling Presse, forthcoming). He has been the recipient of additional fellowships from Poets House and Bread Loaf Writers Conference; a 2020 Finalist for the Jerome Hill Fellowship in Performance; and performance grants from the Charlotte Cushman Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and Independence Foundation. In 2023, he received the Cy Twombly Award in Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His first full-length performance work, Legal Tender, was commissioned and presented by FringeArts for presentation in the 2020 High Pressure Fire Service Festival. Other performance work has been presented at PARTICIPANT Inc, Ars Nova, Zurcher Gallery, Haus für Poesie Berlin, Montez Press Radio, and elsewhere. His poetry has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Lambda Literary, The Rumpus, The Offing, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series.
Kate Campbell
Scenic Designer
Michael Costagliola
Sound Designer
Kate McGee
Lighting Designer
James Rutherford
Anne Troup
Producing Support
In The Works

Location and dates

This event takes place in The Griffin Theater.

June 27 – 29
7:30 pm

The Shed’s Griffin Theater is located at 545 West 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. View The Shed on a map.

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Thank you to our partners

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Additional support for Open Call is provided by The Wescustogo Foundation and Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.

The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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