Deep Roots Bold Future Conversations: Greg Giovanni and Eric Jaffe

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Jul 30, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

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Get into the conversation! As we navigate this important current moment we bring together artists, audiences and communities for a series of intergenerational conversations via Zoom.  In connection to the Painted Bride’s Deep Roots Bold Future legacy, we invite you to join artists with deep Bride connections to discuss what this time is like from their perspective. Artists are our truth-sayers. Listen in as they share their thoughts and ask live questions. Let’s come together to create further momentum for the movement!

Thursday, July 30 | 6pm
Greg Giovanni and Eric Jaffe


Greg Giovanni is a theatre artist who has worked in Philadelphia for nearly 30 years.  Beginning with his groundbreaking Big Mess Theatre in 1988, he has written and produced dozens of plays, written, acted or directed for Brat Productions, Azuka Theatre, and Theatre Nohgaku and has served as advisor/specialist for 1812 Productions (Another Big Time) and The Arden Theater (Pacific Overtures)  

In 1997 Greg received the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in playwriting with which he began the study of noh.   

In 2002 Greg received the Independence Performing Arts Fellowship to study traditional theater in Japan where he began work on the oft-sited noh play Pine Barrens.

As a member of Theater Nohgaku, he has toured extensively in the United States, Europe (2009,) and Asia (2011.)

In 2006 Theatre Nohgaku produced and toured Greg’s full-length play, Pine Barrens.

In 2009 The Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, presented a retrospective of his work.

His large scale fusion work—A Minor Cycle: Five Little Plays in One Starry Night—enjoyed a bi-coastal showing in 2012- 13 (San Francisco / Philadelphia.)

Recently, Greg has been collaborating with filmmaker Andrew Repasky McElhinney. Their film Casual Encounters—Philadelphia True Crime Confessions was set to premier in 2022.


Eric Jaffe is a world ukulele champion, an above average singer, and a genderless glamour monster. Eric is the winner of the 2018 Philly Drag Awards, Best Host, Best Alternative Drag Queen, And Drag Queen of the Year. You can find Eric scouring the Philadelphia cabaret and drag scene screaming at the top of their lungs about food and social justice. They starred in the original queer musical Basic Witches at The Arden, and starred and directed Jaffe St. Queer’s productions: Thweeney Todd: The Flaming barber of Fleek Street, at Franky Bradley’s, the Barrymore recommenced, Gay Mis, and the Barrymore recommended Lizard of Oz at The Painted Bride Art Center! For more on Eric Jaffe, check your local Wawa, by the milkshake machine, but also check out