TELL 36 final

TELL 36: Past Lives

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TELL 36: Past Lives
September 9, 2017 7:00 PM
September 9, 2017 9:30 PM
$10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
(646) 358-1730
August 21, 2017
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
(646) 358-1730
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
TELL 36 final


TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.

Past Lives is the theme of the 36th installment of TELL.  Featuring Dusty Childers, Shannon Matesky, Reilly Owens, and F. Squire. 
$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online!



The only way Dusty Childers has found to keep things out of his mouth is to continue talking. Given a time frame, a mic and an audience has helped make his nonstop banter more productive, and (according to those he’s paid off) somewhat entertaining. Although not tax deductible, being an audience member of a show in which Dusty is performing surely is a charitable moment. Feel good about yourself, and clap if you can muster it.




Shannon Matesky is an actress, writer, director, producer and an organizer from Berkeley, California. She is creator and curator of Queer Abstract, a monthly performance series in Brooklyn. As an actress Shannon has performed with a range of theater companies including The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, and The Inconvenience. She has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and elsewhere. Shannon has produced campaigns and festivals across the United States, including the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Festival, Life is Living, and The Fly Honey Show. Shannon currently works with Urban Word NYC. For more information visit



reilly owens

Reilly Owens is a Queer Trans Woman of Color and her pronouns are she/hers. She is a student at Queens College where she studies Anthropology. Reilly loves to converse with people and her life’s story is a series of many adventures, and meeting with many people and seeing opportunities for growth, either for herself or the people she works with. Her current journey sees her growing into her skin with self-confidence and love for those around her. FUN FACT: One of her favorite breakfasts is peanut butter, apple butter, and bananas on a English Muffin.




F. Squire is a new poetess and resident of Brooklyn, believes in the physical prowess of spoken word. Their first selected work, Hairstory, was published in Glitter & Grit (A Lambda Literary Award Winner). This year, they were Judge’s Choice Winner at the Funhouse Follies Cabaret and performed at LGBT Voices for Queens Pride Festival. Their motto is “Embrace Your Spectacle.”