Jess Barbagallo
Weekend at Barry’s/Lesbian Lighthouse

10–26 June 2022

Barry is a 40-something cultural worker whose career-averse lifestyle has led him to a personal and professional dead end. Supported only by his cheap apartment and team of misfit friends, Barry is perpetually between questionable jobs and even more questionable lovers. When Helen Hufflekugel, a seductively “contemporary” arts curator, offers him a gig mentoring a couple of wide-eyed queer youths in exchange for a slot in her next season, Barry reluctantly agrees. Little does he know that this last-ditch attempt to manifest old dreams will open a portal to another life he didn’t know he was already living elsewhere.

Image by Maria Baranova


Jess Barbagallo has performed with Big Dance Theater, the Builders Association, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and Half Straddle, and appeared in projects by Tania Bruguera, Andrea Geyer, John Turturro, and Dick Wolf. Produced works: Grey-Eyed Dogs, Saturn Nights, Good Year for Hunters (with Chris Giarmo), My Old Man and Other Stories, Not for Resale (with Lex Powell), Beaches in Winter, Room for Cream: A Live Lesbian Serial (with the Dyke Division), The Puzzlers and The Puzzlers 2: Black Box (with Accent Wall Productions), and Melissa, So Far (an adaptation of Alex Gino’s Melissa). Forthcoming: Karen Davis: Bitter Pill, Mistook Acerbic for Advil (53rd State Press). Jess is a contributor at Artforum.


Weekend at Barry’s/Lesbian Lighthouse is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center.