Dan Fishback has been making theater and music in New York City since 2003. As director of the Helix Queer Performance Network, he organizes public events, teaches workshops, and curates the annual series La MaMa’s Squirts. His musical "The Material World" was named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2012 by Time Out New York. Other works include "thirtynothing" (2011) and "You Will Experience Silence" (2009). As a singer-songwriter, Fishback has released five albums, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread, with whom he has toured Europe and North America. He has received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, and has been a resident artist at Kelly Writers House, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, Dixon Place, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, which has supported all of his major work, in some form of another, since 2010. Find him at @dangerfishback and danfishback.com
During a conversation with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio at the Hemispheric Institute on November 22, 2016—2 weeks after the election—Dan recounts a moment where he found himself laughing at the absurdity of Zionist organizations tacitly supporting antisemitism, and then his laughter turn into sobbing. He thought, "There must be a Yiddish word for this." And there is: "lakhn mit yashtsherkes" (laughing with lizards).
"We dream in a language we don't speak..."