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   SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 - 7:30PM
     415 E. Broadway
     Glendale, CA 91205

     Admission $20 Advance, $25 at door
     Tickets available at Abril Bookstore or at

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     Call (818) 241-0611 or email


  FAMILY RETURNING BLOWS is a solo performance about domestic violence which combines personal narratives, news reports, Facebook images and Armenian idioms to explore the power dynamics among genders and within the world order. Taking place between New York City and Yerevan, between the private and the public, between male and female, a story simultaneously evolves and destructs. Writer/performer Nancy Agabian creates an insular world with movement, voice, projected images, and homemade props to investigate intimacy — sexual, technological, and familial — and finds meaning in tinderboxes of violence, from the upstairs neighbors to presidential policies.

Performance to follow with Q&A with Nancy Agablian.
  NANCY AGABIAN is the author of Princess Freak (Beyond Baroque Books, 2000), a collection of poems, short prose, and performance texts that document her coming-of-age as a “bisexual Armenian princess freak.” Her memoir Me as Her Again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter (Aunt Lute Books, 2008) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Prize. The book recalls her reconciliation with her traditional Armenian American family through the stories of the women in her family, including an account of her grandmother's survival of the Armenian genocide. While a 2006-2007 Fulbright scholar to Armenia, Agabian completed The Fear of Large and Small Nations, a novel that illuminates the complex power dynamics of a love relationship bound between Armenia and its diaspora; it was honored as a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Agabian has written and performed several autobiographical one-woman shows, which have been presented internationally—in Geneva, Milan, and Yerevan. She teaches creative writing at NYU and through her own community-based workshops, held online and in New York City, where she lives.




 Part of the proceeds from this performance will benefit:

  GALAS is celebrating its 20th year of fostering a safe and supportive network for LGBTQ people of Armenian descent. Over the course of two decades, the organization has been at the forefront in raising awareness to empower the worldwide LGBTQ Armenian community and champion equality.  The mission of GALAS is to (1) foster a safe and supportive network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of Armenian descent; (2) promote their empowerment within their communities; and (3) build bridges between the LGBTQ and Armenian communities and among all allied and intersectional communities.