Desire Caught by the Tail

The Surreal beckons

“(…) a freewheeling interpretation with little of Picasso’s stage direction followed to the letter. The artist would have approved, for what good is it to pay homage to creative genius by re-creating his work if it’s done in a way that is predictable and uncreative?” - Washington Post

Gripped by the 1941 Nazi occupation of Paris, Picasso abandoned his brushes to write this surreal dark comedy. banished? productions and BosmaDance have created a disquieting dance and multimedia menage of motley characters who seek escape from wartime deprivation with acts of sensual indulgence: cooking, sex and poetry.

More about the experience

Desire: An Event in Multiple Parts A series of episodes that culminates with a staged production.

**Episode 1: **Poetry Commissions DC poets are commissioned to create short poems capturing the spirit of Picasso’s vibrant writing, to be performed as Entr’actes within the staged event.

Episode 2: Character InSTALLation July 6th-14th Pulp! (1803 14th Street NW) hosts an InSTALLation that is sure to raise giggles.

Episode 3: Scene Preview Sunday, July 9 2:00pm Theater J (1529 Q Street NW), in conjunction with its production of Ariel Dorfman’s Picasso’s Closet, hosts a free scene preview.

Episode 4: First Read Friday, July 14 7:30pm Candida’s World of Books (1541 14th St. NW) hosts a public reading of a newly adapted version of Desire Caught by the Tail.

Episode 5: Teaser Preview Saturday, July 15 7:30 PM Gallery Plan B (1530 14th St. NW) hosts a dance and theatre spectacle.

Main Event: Staged Production July 20-23 Thursday–Saturday at 7:30pm.; Sunday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm 1409 Playbill Café, 1409 14th St. NW

This is a past event. See archived show information

2006 Capital Fringe Performances

WE 7/19: 7:00pm (Invited Dinner Preview)

TH 7/20: 7:30pm

FR 7/21: 7:30pm

SA 7/22: 7:30pm

SU 7/20: 2:00pm & 7:00pm


Press Release




Other Reviews

“Director Carmen C. Wong wisely decides to emphasize the sensual elements of the play, hugely aided by the choreography of Meisha Bosma and Nicole Phillips, two astonishing young dancers who also appear as silent characters.” -DC Theatre Reviews

“But it’s rather striking: Terrific design work, with saucy projections and a dude playing stand-up bass at stage left.” -Washington City Paper

Artistic Collaborators

Carmen C. Wong

Concept and Director

Niell DuVal

Props and Set

Meisha Bosma & Nicole Phillips


Pruitt Y. Allen


Danielle Mages Amato

Graphic Design and Dramaturgy

Jean-Daniel Chablais


Matt Jordan

Sound and Set

Samantha LeBlanc


Levia Lew

Lighting and Set Design

Joseph Price

Poetry and Web Design

Katherine Stebbins


Julie Young



Meisha Bosma

Anguish I

Frank Britton

Big Foot

Clifton Duncan

Curtains & Silence

Tuyet Pham


Nicole Phillips

Anguish II

Otis Ramsey-Zoe


Allan von Schenkel

on Bass

Naomi Jacobson

voice of The Cousin

John Lescault

voice of Round End

Nikki Strong

voice of Onion

Many thanks to

Embassy of Spain

Tom Kochel Photography