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Freshworks: Alyssa Velazquez

KST Presents

It is from her these seeds are sown

Friday & Saturday, October 7 – 8

KST’s Alloy Studios | 5530 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $10 – $25


It is from her these seeds are sown is a mango-infused play on second generation Latinx family building, personal desires, and mother daughter relationships. There is a wife in Brooklyn, New York who is expecting her first child and craving a mango, but what begins as an infatuation or a pregnancy craving gives way to an obsession. As her bodily hunger for mangos — a fruity byproduct of colonialism — grows, so do the external tensions to “be a mother,” pushing her to ultimately choose the life she wants to create.

This Freshworks showing of It is from her these seeds are sown is an immersive and participatory excerpt of the longer play. Set in the rehearsal room, audience members can step into the world of the play by reading one of the roles aloud. The format of this showing invites audience members to not only watch the work, but also participate in bringing it alive in the room.

Audience members can choose to be either viewers or participants; participating is optional. Audience members interested in participating will fill out a survey to let us know what roles they are interested in reading. The names of those who completed the survey will be put into a performance-specific pool the Freshworks artist will pull from minutes before the show. Anyone who was open to being a participant but not chosen will still have a spot in the audience as a viewer.

We thank the audience in advance for their participation and for their willingness step into the world of
It is from her these seeds are sown!


Freshworks: Michelle Johnson
Music from the Heart: A Diana Ross Tribute

Friday & Saturday, December 2 – 3

KST’s Alloy Studios | 5530 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $10 – $25

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Photo Credits top to bottom left to right: Alyssa Velazquez, Michelle Johnson,  Headshot by Tereneh Idia

Alyssa Velazquez is a writer specializing in the material culture of gender, performance, and women’s studies. Prior to living and working in Pittsburgh, she was the Curatorial Research Associate at Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina. She also assisted in the development of exhibitions at Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York. Velazquez holds a MA in decorative arts, design history, and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center and a BA in history and anthropology from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She organized Locally Sourcedhighlighting new work by the Pittsburgh region’s most talented present-day makers of functional goods and furnishings at Carnegie Museum of Art. Other projects include Extraordinary Ordinary Things and Sharif Bey: Excavations. She has published articles in AutoStraddle, GRLSQUASH, The Establishment, Women’s History Magazine, The Fashion Studies Journal, and Votive Project. Velazquez was selected in 2021 to participate in María Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop, sponsored by the Latinx Theatre Commons that included writers from India, Mexico, Argentina, Canada and Puerto Rico. In 2022 she was writer in residence at City Books, Pittsburgh’s oldest bookstore.