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RPPL 21/22, RPPL Artist

Carlton V. Bell II (CJ)

RPPL Next Up Artist 21/22

Birmingham, AL


(They/them) – I am an overall curator & facilitator of artistic expression through multiple disciplines, primarily through theatre & film. As an artist, my praxis is to  consistently interrogate the word around me, and expressing what I learn by modes of performance based art; combining  elements sensuality, honesty, spirituality, & musicality to all aspects of my work, by craft & by conjure.


“all men are nice (when they want something), & other shit i learned in the men’s bathroom”

Is a an interrogative & provocative look into the musing of psyche of Black non-binary teenager navigating & providing commentary on relationships, life, death, & mental health & specifically the ways in which both cisgendered people have interacted with the bodies of queer in their own personal life.This investigative piece of theatre begs to share intimate details that tie back to the core of everyone’s humanity.

This semi-autographical play challenges traditional theatre format & norms with consistent 4th wall breaking, audience participation (& even communication) for a heart wrenching portrait of growing up incredibly Black, and defiantly queer in the south.

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