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Resist, Rebel, Transgress: Lesbian Avengers Susana Cook and Ana Simo

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Resist, Rebel, Transgress: Lesbian Avengers Susana Cook and Ana Simo
June 2, 2017 7:00 PM
June 2, 2017 9:00 PM
Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit both the traveling exhibition The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
May 18, 2017
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
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In conjunction with the Bureau’s current exhibition, The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition:
Join us for a reading/performance of Susana Cook and Ana Simo, two former Avengers, who are capping off the “Resist, rebel, transgress” event series celebrating Lesbian Avengers 25 at the Bureau.


The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition is on view at the Bureau through June 4, 2017.

We did it, and we’ll do it again! A multimedia activist exhibit celebrating the Lesbian Avengers, formed 25 years ago during another surge of hardcore misogyny, and anti-gay, white Nationalist hate. Includes still photos, flyers, posters, slide shows, and video. Were you there? We welcome your participation. This mobile exhibit won’t take on its final form until late April. In June, it will begin to pop up all over the country. Including a neighborhood near you!




Ana Simo is a New York writer and lesbian activist. Born in Cuba, she studied in France, where she also participated in early feminist and LGBT groups. In New York she began to write plays and co-founded the lesbian theater Medusa´s Revenge (1976-1980), the activist group The Lesbian Avengers (1992), the weekly public access cable program Dyke TV (1995), and in 2000, the groundbreaking publication, The Gully online magazine, offering queer views on everything.  Her New York Times-reviewed plays have been produced in such venues as PS 122, Theatre for the New City, INTAR Hispanic Arts Center and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. “How To Kill Her,” her short feature film with Ela Troyano, has been widely screened in festivals in the U.S. and abroad. A CD of her play The Opium War with music by Zeena Parkins was released by Roulette. Her novel Heartland is forthcoming from Restless Books.



Susana Cook

Susana Cook directs all her shows and performs in them with her company . Her work is bold and funny, cleverly tackling racism, homophobia and animal rights.  Her cast is comprised mostly of minority and queer women.  Her work has been presented in numerous performance spaces in New York City, including La Mama, Dixon Place, W.O.W Cafe Theater and The Kitchen. She also performed internationally in Spain, France, India,  Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Canada.

Some of her latest shows are : NON-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts, Samantha Ibarrola la mujer inexplicable, Conversations with Humans, We Are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, The Fury of the Gods, Homeland Insecurities,  The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination and Tango Lesbiango

Her work is archived at the Digital Video Library of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of New York University.