Shelley Washington 'Workers Dreadnought'

On December 13th 2019, Season 5 Artists-in-Residence Kinds of Kings presented Shelley Washington’s raucous electric guitar quartet The Workers’ Dreadnought, performed by Brooklyn-based group Real Loud. Taking inspiration from the left-wing newspaper of the same name, the piece explores the continual, backbreaking crusade for intersectional equality across the globe.

Performed by:

Evan Runyon

James Moore

Brendon Randall-Myers

Taylor Levine

Visuals by Xuan

Directed by Benita de Wit

From Shelly Washington:



From each angle

Impenetrable- as if the


of fabric clothing their frames,

a cotton iron, steel-

which formed the mightiest wall of both

Blossoming and full figures

was able to push forward

fueled by the steam of their desire and

the embers of their hate;

The Workers,

plowing forward in one movement

the waves in their wake

throttling the persistent trials of time,

knew the war they waged-

with white wears woven

signaling a faux peace, yet shrouding truth-

For their resolve was patient-

A lifetime battle for a millennium war.

“Hell hath no fury” like the women scorned.

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