Self Portraits

By Phillip Howze
Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb

Space is limited and reservations are required to attend Self Portraits. 


WED, APR 24 | 12PM & 5PM
THU, APR 25 | 12PM
FRI, APR 26 | 5PM & 9PM
SAT, APR 27 | 2PM & 8PM




BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Graphic Design by Chloe Borison, Images: Courtesy of the Artist

A man on a mountaintop confronts the fear of his own mortality. A mother instructs her son to be more careful walking the streets. A video shares a terrifying truth. Self Portraits is a site-driven theatrical event made up of intimate, experiential moments. This inventive new play reframes the political as personal to reflect on the unpredictable state of the Black body in America. Suspended at the edge of confrontation and contemplation, beauty and brutality, together these theatrical portraits share an expansive vision to provoke personal journeys towards collective possibility.

Self Portraits will take place seven times throughout the BRIC OPEN: 
WED, APR 24 | 12PM & 5PM
THU, APR 25 | 12PM
FRI, APR 26 | 5PM & 9PM
SAT, APR 27 | 2PM & 8PM

Reservations for Self Portaits are currently at capacity. Waitlists will begin one hour prior to show time at BRIC House. 

Run Time: 90 minutes


Phillip Howze is a playwright whose work includes Self Portraits (BRIC) and Frontieres Sans Frontieres (The Bushwick Starr). His writing has been developed or produced at American AF Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, BRIC, The Bushwick Starr, Clubbed Thumb, PRELUDE, The Public Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and Yale Cabaret.  Fellowships include the Sundance Institute Theater Lab, Montalvo Arts Center, 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop, and the Emerging Writers Group at The Public. He is a Resident Writer at Lincoln Center Theater and was recently named the Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard University's Theater, Dance and Media program. His writing is published by Samuel French, 53rd Street Press, and Theater Magazine.


Venue Information:

BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough. 

Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email For our full BRIC House COVID-19 policy, visit:

BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Benno Orlinsky at or (718) 683-5637.