Open Call: Kyle Dacuyan

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


Admission to Open Call events is free with a ticket reservation.

For sold out performances, an in-person wait list will be available 15 minutes before the show begins.

Learn more about accessibility for this production.

About this commission

You’re driving. You’re flying.
You’re working. You’re listening.
To WBXI 104FM. Hi stranger.
Hi caller. You heard it here first.
This one’s just for you.

Dad Rock is an episodic monologue featuring poetry, movement, and music. Across a series of inquiries into language and gesture, Kyle Dacuyan disassembles cultural constructions of masculinity—heroes, fathers, and empires. What experiences of threat, harm, isolation, and trauma do these figures and structures arise from? What speech, songs, and choreography are they made of? What patterns of violence do they perpetuate? Libidinal and tender, volatile and introspective, Dad Rock swaggers from the personal into the geopolitics of the present.

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
Tess Dworman
Kate McGee
Lighting Designer
James Rutherford
Anne Troup
Producing Support
Isaac van Curen
Stage Coordination


Open Call Team

Alex Poots, Artistic Director
Darren Biggart, Director of Civic Programs
Dejá Belardo, Assistant Curator, Civic Programs and Visual Arts
Daisy Peele, Open Call Producer (Associate Producer at The Shed)
Christal Ferreira, Program Manager, Civic Programs and Visual Arts
Ben Young, Production Manager

Special thanks to Public Assembly (Tamara McCaw, Maggie MacTiernan, and Annabel Thompson) and to former program team colleagues who facilitated the call for proposals and selection process for the third edition: Solana Chehtman, Sarah Khalid Dhobhany, Alessandra Gómez, and Andria Hickey.

Open Call Production Credits
Stephen Arnold, Open Call Production Manager
Michael Ruiz-del-Vizo, Scenic Coordinator
DJ Potts, Sound Coordinator
Vittoria Orlando, Lighting Coordinator
Hao Bai, Video/Projection Coordinator
Cynthia Caridad, Stage Coordinator
Caren Celine Morris, Stage Coordinator
Ariana Michel, Stage Coordinator
A. Sef, Accessibility Consultant

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.

For information about accessibility and arriving at The Shed, visit our Accessibility page.


  • Running time: 75 minutes
  • This production includes strong language, including around sexual themes.
  • Not recommended for audiences under 16 years old.



The Shed’s Griffin Theater has accessible seating. Please contact us in advance to discuss your needs and available options by emailing or calling (646) 455-3949.

Assistive Listening

Visitors may check out assistive listening devices at the entrance to the theater. A driver’s license will be held to check out the device.

ASL Interpretation

ASL interpretation will be available at the Friday, June 28 performance. There will be a reserved section of seats if you would like to sit in proximity to an interpreter. To find the seats, look for the Reserved signs in the theater or ask an usher for help.

Audio Description

Audio description will be available at each performance. Audio description is delivered via the free Listen Everywhere app on your personal device with your personal earphones or headphones. To use the app, you must download the app and connect to The Shed’s free Wi-FI network, TheShedFreeWiFi. To find instructions on how to download and use the app, visit the Accessibility page.

Purchasing Tickets

The Shed’s online ticketing system includes the option to submit accommodation requests beyond the access points detailed here.

Contact Us

For questions or other requests, visit the Accessibility page, email, or call (646) 455-3494.

Thank you to our partners

The Sponsor of Open Call is
Support for Open Call is generously provided by

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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