Tell 51 500


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February 16, 2019 7:00 PM
February 16, 2019 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
January 31, 2019
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Tell 51 500


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.


FRIENDSHIP is the theme of the 51st installment of TELL. Come celebrate the fifth anniversary of TELL!
Featuring stories by Nilan, Summer Minerva, Seedy Edie, Jes Tom, and Lisa Haas.


$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Photograph by Grace Chu

Photograph by Grace Chu






















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 the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Check her out online!


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Nilan is a performer, creator, teaching artist, and company member of A Certain Something. In April 2019, Nilan will be holding a stage reading of his new play BY HIS HANDS, IF NOT BY GODS a story about the intersectionality between race and sexuality in northern Alabama. Some playwrighting/screenwriting credits: AND THEN I WOKE A VICARIOUS CATACLYSMIC EVENT (Downtown Art), EXTRA ROOM (web),BLOOD PROMISE (workshop, New Shakespeare Exchange), ENDANGERED SPECIES (workshop, 2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival), (workshop, The New American Theatre Co. NY), (reading, Red Fern Theatre), JOAN (reading, Oppressed in Heels) THE SHADOW IN THE CORNER (48 Hours in Harlem),OLD SCHOOL (24 Hour Pridefest),WATER FROM THE TAP andAN AMERICAN TALE (NY Indie One Minute Play Festival), FROM CANAL TO 207 ST and GENTLEMEN (Intar One Minute Play Festival),AMERICAN IDIOT (Our Country/Our Response Play Festival),THE SAINT AND THE SINNER (reading, Wagon Wheel Arts). Some acting credits: NYC: And Then I Woke: A Vicarious Cataclysmic Event (Downtown Art),Next Faggot Nation Self-Accusation: The Remix (LPAC, Bedlam MadLab), (Dixon Place)Bar Play (Peculiar Works Project),Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels),The Champion (Bric Arts), Regional:Metamorphosis, Assassins, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, The Parchman Hour, Henry IV, Henry V, and The Imaginary Invalid (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Radio Golf (Deep Dish Theater), 10×10 in the Triangle (ArtsCenter Carrboro). Internationally: Playback Theatre (Playback Berlin) (Second International Conference for the Arts in Society, Kassel, Germany). Some Media: CONSENT IS SEXY, a four episode PSA campaign about supporting consensual sexual behavior (YouTube). He holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


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Summer Minerva is an Italian American actor, performance artist, writer, public speaker and educator. As a respected authority and published writer on the intersections of gender, spirituality and performance (Written on the Body, 2018; Voyages of the Black Madonna, 2019), they have spoken at Sarah Lawrence College, Temple University, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance in Rio de Janeiro, the LGBTQ pride of Napoli and Pompeii 2018, and Peace House Haiti. Their solo performances have shown at Gibney Dance Center, the American Dance Festival and Judson Memorial Church.Their mission right now is to love the people of the world boldly and specifically.


Photograph by James A. Ridley

Photograph by James A. Ridley






















Born in Canada and based in Brooklyn, Seedy Edie is an actor and burlesque performer who specializes in giving you nightmares and giving good face. Recent credits: Bettie Page, Becoming Bettie Page (Coney Island USA); Girl 1956, The Miss Twin Peaks Pageant (Joe’s Pub at the Public).



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Jes Tom (they/them) is a New York based actor, writer, and weird queer stand up comic, gleefully providing the nonbinary queer Asian American radical cyborg perspective that everyone never knew they wanted. They have appeared in videos by Funny Or Die and Seriously.TV, and their writing has been published by Reductress, By Shondaland, and Condé Nast’s Them. Jes has been featured in GO Magazine, Splitsider, and the Fader, and they were named one of TimeOut New York’s “LGBTQ POC Comedians We’re Obsessed With.” Jes was a 2018 StandUp NBC semifinalist. Follow Jes on Twitter @jestom and Instagram @jesthekid.


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Lisa Haas is a writer and actor. She has appeared in films and performed in many NYC downtown venues—and—you can catch her on episodes 1 and 2 of the third season of “Search Party”. Please pay a visit to her website!