Grant Type: FRINGE
Use of Funds: staff fee – producer
Haygen-Brice Walker is a queer Puerto Rican-American playwright-producer born and raised in the American South and currently living in South Philly. He holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, & Production with a focus in Playwriting from the University of the Arts and is an alumnus of the National Theatre Institute. His work is a kaleidoscopic clash of caffeine, history, pornography, violence, pop-culture, myth, and magic; his playscapes often populated by gay werewolves, drag queens, white buffalos, Jennifer Lopez, cocaine, dreamers, John Wayne Gacy, and lots of fonts. Haygen-Brice is the 2018-2019 Jerome Many Voices Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center, a third-year member of The Foundry at PlayPenn, and a 2018/2020 Core Playwright at Interact Theatre Company. In 2015, with director-producer Elaina Di Monaco, Haygen co-founded ON THE ROCKS, a production company for their frequent late-night, BYOB, deep-fried collaborations. ON THE ROCKS is dedicated to presenting bold and edgy queer narratives and have been consistently featured on Top Fringe Picks by Phindie and DC Metro Arts news magazines for their balls-to-the-walls, high-octane-horror, millennial, Fringe dumpster-fires.
In the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, ON THE ROCKS presented BIRDIE’S PIT STOP (and the tribe of queers that fucked everything up) in a South Philadelphia coffee shop transformed into a West Virginian dive bar. ON THE ROCKS completed their Dead Teenager Trilogy in the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival with THE BRIDE’S A CUNT, a multidisciplinary theatrical experience featuring poetry, song, and dance. Their sold-out Fringe shows have seen in unconventional venues throughout Philadelphia.