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Pascale Armand


Written & Performed by Pascale Armand, Directed by Patrice Johnson Chevannes

The Commons Cafe (388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217) 

$17.50 in advance, $20 at the door, $15 for seniors and students with ID 

En Garde Arts presents Tony nominee Pascale Armand’s $#!THOLE COUNTRY CLAPBACK, a rebuttal to Donald Trump’s comment about allowing people from “shithole countries” to enter the United States and a chronicle of the playwright’s family’s journey to American citizenship. The name of the play is a response to our current president, the date is anytime after January 11th, 2018, and the issue is ever present. This one-woman show tells a story that echoes those of many Black and Brown immigrants in America, highlighting the cultural straddling, battling of stereotypes, and struggle with patriotism that come with being caught between two lands that don’t always seem to love you back. With a provocative title and a raw truth, Armand presents a story of love, loss and national reflection that is timely, thought-provoking, and fearless.

Photo credit: C. Stanley Photography

$#!THOLE COUNTRY CLAPBACK will be the most recent in En Garde’s ongoing
developmental series, Uncommon Voices, that is held monthly at The Commons Cafe in Brooklyn, New York. En Garde Arts seeks to break down artistic, social and political barriers and bring together those familiar with and affected by the subject matter with those who know little about it, and this mission continues with the project of Uncommon Voices – an intergenerational space for art, activism, conversation and community.

Upcoming performances include Threshold, written and performed by film and television actress Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) and directed by Sabrina Peck, which will take place on August 5th. Threshold tells the highly personal story of Amy’s life juggling the roles of caregiver to her mother, mother to her disabled daughter and her working life as an actress. Funny, poignant, relatable and bold, the story questions who gets marginalized in our competitive world and what happens when the caretaker is now the one who needs care.

In September’s Uncommon Voices, we will see Tony Award-winning actor André De Shields (Hadestown) perform Balboa Is Not Drowning, a queer exploration into August Wilson’s Century Cycle written by Kevin R. Free and directed by Zhailon Levingston.

Photo credit: C. Stanley Photography

$#!THOLE COUNTRY CLAPBACK will be performed at 388 Atlantic Avenue (Between Hoyt and Bond) on Monday July 8th, at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 to allow for purchase of food and drinks before the start of the performance. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $20.00 at the door and $15.00 for seniors and students with IDs (available for purchase online at

About the Artists 

Pascale Armand (Author/Performer) has been recognized with a Tony nomination for her performance in Broadway’s Eclipsed by Danai Gurira as well as OBIE and Outer Critics Circle awards. She is a core member of Quick Silver Theatre and alumna of NYU’s graduate acting program with credits in theatre, film and television.

Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Director) is an award winning actress, writer and director, whose Broadway acting credits include Racing Demon and The Crucible (starring Liam Neeson). Her Off-Broadway credits include: Mies Julie; Good Grief; Homecoming Queen; Henry V; Tamburlaine; Pericles. Regional: Steel Hammer; Othello (Desdemona, opposite Sir Patrick Stewart). Patrice is Jamaican/American. She began writing because she wanted to tell stories about her experience as an immigrant growing up in America. Patrice formed a production company with her siblings, God-and- all-o-wee Productions (Jamaican patois for “God and all of us”). With the support of her brothers and sisters she has written, directed, and produced three award winning independent feature films: Kings County, NY’s Dirty Laundry, and Hill and Gully. She is proud to be a part of the Netflix Series, “Chambers”, starring Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn. Patrice is honored to be working with Pascale Armand.

About En Garde Arts

En Garde Arts is an award-winning New York City-based theatre company that pioneered site-specific theatre in New York City. Founded in 1985 by Anne Hamburger, the company led audiences to unexpected locations across the city for innovative, contemporary, highly visual new work. En Garde’s productions earned 6 OBIE Awards, 2 Drama Desk Awards, the Special Outer Critics Circle Award and the Edwin Booth Award. The company ceased operations in 1999 when Hamburger relocated to the West Coast, first as Artistic Director of the La Jolla Playhouse, and later to run a global division for the Walt Disney Company. She returned to the east coast, reformed the company, and re-launched En Garde in the fall of 2014. By bringing together artistic teams with non-arts partners from the outset, and merging seasoned theatre- goers with new audiences, En Garde Arts continues to spark dialogue among people not normally in conversation, both in New York and beyond. En Garde’s next fully mounted production will be Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) by Andrea Thome, premiering in February at La Mama in New York, NY, as part of a five borough tour. 

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