Spit Dat in Residency
January 23, 2023 - February 13, 2023
On Monday, January 23rd at 8pm, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Spit Dat invite you to start the year off right by joining us for a night of brilliant rhythms featuring Danial Orange and Angelique Palmer! Add to the energy as an audience member or share your own talents on the open mic. Hosted by Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown. (641 D St NW DC)
At various points in his life, Danial Orange has been a poet, musician, writer, and (according to his two small children) a brilliant artist with the media of crayon and washable marker. His poetry playfully mixes a variety of styles, often incorporating quick rhyme and clever wordplay, but he is particularly known for his short form, such as haiku, and unique brand of love poems. Danial regularly performs for international audiences who have come to the United States as participants of Department of State exchange programs. In addition to poetry, he also enjoys researching and writing about baseball’s long, ongoing timeline of social inclusion, and presenting to young professionals on how to construct clear, concise, and effective emails.
Angelique Palmer is a performance poet, Kindergarten Teacher, and Spoken Word instructor at Wilkes University. A finalist in the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, she is also a member of the 2017 Busboys and Poets/Beltway Poetry Slam Team. After 10 self-published chapbooks, her first full length book, THE CHAMBERMAID’S STYLE GUIDE, debuted on Sargent Press in 2016. Her second book is the 2021 follow-up ALSO DARK on Etruscan Press. Her publications include Drunk in A Midnight Choir, Wus Good?: A POC Magazine, Borderline, and The Mud Review. The New Orleans native, and Florida State University Creative Writing graduate now calls Northern Virginia home. She makes her own ice cream and yogurt.
SPIT DAT IN RESIDENCE
“We all have a goal of bringing people together by challenging their biases and perspectives, amplifying the voices of folks often unheard, and making space for all types to be. To simply be. These things make me feel joy to officially bring Spit Dat to Woolly Mammoth.” – Dwayne B!, co-host of Spit Dat
ABOUT SPIT DAT
SPIT DAT is the longest-running open mic in the nation’s capital. A profoundly intimate artistic and spiritual experience which has fought to remain a safe space through nearly two decades of societal changes, Spit Dat combines world-class talent with a living room vibe. As much a “venue” as it is an “event”, Spit Dat has won multiple awards for its contribution to the growth of generations of acclaimed international artists. But perhaps its most valued accolade lives in being renowned among its staunch community as no less than “Church”.
DREW ANDERSON, a science teacher turned teaching artist, poet turned parodist, and marathon runner turned motivational speaker, is as hard to define as he is to ignore. Known lovingly throughout DC’s performing arts world as “Droopy the Broke Baller”, Drew is founder and co-host of Spit Dat, the longest-running open mic in DC. Recipient of the prestigious DC Arts and Humanities Fellowship presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Drew has recently merged his decade-plus of artistic acumen and educational expertise to develop Spoof School, a dynamic arts education integration residency which teaches students of all ages how to make learning fun by “making fun” of their learning.
DWAYNE B!, aka the “Crochet Kingpin” is a DC native poet, activist, breakdancer, and fashion designer. He is one of the hosts of DC’s longest running open mic series, Spit Dat, as well as Host-Captain for Busboys and Poets’ 450K location. In addition to featured readings at every Busboys and Poets location, SAGAfest Iceland 2015, Spirits and Lyrics NYC and Manassas, Woolly Mammoth, and the C2EA “We Can End AIDS” march, Dwayne’s short form poetry prowess led him to win the Best Haiku Award at the 2011 National Underground Spoken-Word Poetry Awards (NUSPA). His work to increase HIV awareness through spoken-word garnered recognition from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, BBCAmerica, the Discovery Channel, and The Washington Post. Ultimately, his goal is to force his audience to feel. His recent collection of works, One Color Kaleidoscope, is a testament to self-definition and change. When not documenting his life through poetic meter, he can be found on the metro making scarves and hats, or singing karaoke.