Category Archives: THEATER

REVENGE SONG WORLD PREMIERE

Don’t call it a comeback, but New York City’s irreverent theater troupe Vampire Cowboys are back with REVENGE SONG, a scorched-earth musical farce set—mostly—in seventeenth-century France.

Julie d’Aubigny—a queer, cross-dressing swordswoman—and her band of lovers and adversaries turn the sarcasm up to ten in this unexpected Geffen Playhouse diversion written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Robert Ross Parker.

“Satire is what closes on Saturday night,” opined playwright and wit George S. Kaufman, but Cowboys co-founder Nguyen concocts a hilarious mix of aggression and buffoonery, scored with contemporary hip-hop and 1980s-style power ballads. The brilliant comedic timing of Margaret Odette (Julie) and Amy Kim Waschke (as MC Madame de Senneterre) bring these hardcore heroines to raucous life.

REVENGE SONG—A VAMPIRE COWBOYS CREATION

Through March 8.

Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Avenue, Westwood, Los Angeles.

Qui Nguyen, Revenge Song, from top: Margaret Odette; Beth Hawkes and Odette; Amy Kim Waschke; Odette and Hawkes; Hawkes, Odette, Tom Myers, and Eugene Young (foreground); Myers, Young, and Noshir Dalal (right); Odette and Dalal; Odette and Waschke; Odette, Waschke, Dalal, Young, and Myers; Myers and Hawkes; Odette. Photographs by Jeff Lorch. Images courtesy and © the performers, the photographer, the Vampire Cowboys, and the Geffen Playhouse.

SECRET CEREMONY

Join artist and curator Telémachos Alexiou at Human Resources for SECRET CEREMONY—QUEERNESS AND SPIRITUALITY AT THE DAWN OF THE NEW DECADE.

Alexiou has brought together a group—including Christopher Argodale, Camila Maria Concepción, Emi Fontana, Kathryn Garcia, Carlos Medina-Diaz, Eva Mitala, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Deborah Smaragdi Isous, Mohammad Tayyeb, and Ares Zolo—who will conduct a “selection of ritualistic performances by queer artists who use spirituality, shamanism, and witchcraft as part of their work. The event follows a storyline of death and rebirth including stillness, vocalization, ecstatic dance, exorcism, healing, matrimony, and Tarot reading, among other practices.”*

See link below for program schedule.

SECRET CEREMONY*

Friday, December 6, from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

Human Resources

410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles.

From top: Ares Zolo, Control of the Astral Body; Camila Maria Concepción, Diary of a Sad Trans Woman; Kathryn Garcia, Goddess Healing with Pyramids and Gong; Christopher Argodale, Excerpt Channel; Mohammad Tayyeb, My Speech Tinged His Cheeks with Pink Blush As If My Words Were Splashes of Dye; Emi Fontana and Telémachos Alexiou, Corpse Pose; Tyler Matthew Oyer, Brutal Language; Eva Mitala, High Priestess. Images courtesy and © the artists and the photographers.

HILTON ALS — LIVES OF THE PERFORMERS

Performers really write with their bodies. If you give them a piece of writing, it becomes a completely different thing once it’s spoken and acted by a performer. The strange alchemy that they’re able to do has everything to do with energy and the force of their imagination…

What I love about actors, really, is that they only have their history and their observation of the world to call on. It’s actually sort of like learning how to play poker really well: you have to make that decision so quickly… They’re in touch with the cosmic reality of life and also the memory of life. In the way that writers excavate, actors embody.Hilton Als, PARIS LA 16

LAXART and the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens present LIVES OF THE PERFORMERS, a work-in-progress by Hilton Als.

The piece is directed by Peter Born and will be performed by Helga Davis and Victoire Charles—the Los Angeles stand-in for Okwui Okpokwasili, who was in a previous iteration.

LIVES OF THE PERFORMERS

Sunday and Monday, November 17 and 18, at 7:30 pm.

LAXART

7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Hilton Als, Lives of the Performers, from top: Helga Davis in performance at Triple Canopy; Davis; Victoire Charles; Hilton Als at the Soho Playhouse, New York City, January 19, 2018, photograph by Ali Smith; Davis and Okwui Okpokwasili at Triple Canopy. Images courtesy and © the author, the performers, and the photographers.

ÉDOUARD LOUIS, STAGED

In conjunction with the theatrical production of two plays based on his books, Édouard Louis will give a talk—moderated by the New Yorker theater critic Alexandra Schwartz—at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Co-presented by BAM and St. Ann’s Warehouse, performances of Thomas Ostermeier, Florian Borchmeyer, and Louis’ adaptation of HISTORY OF VIOLENCE begin at St. Ann’s on November 13. THE END OF EDDY—adapted by Pamela Carter—starts at BAM the following night.

ÉDOUARD LOUIS IN CONVERSATION

Monday, November 11, at 7 pm.

BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn.

From top: Laurenz Laufenberg (left) and Renato Schuch in History of Violence; Laufenberg, Schuch, and Alina Stiegler; Laufenberg and Schuch; Oseloka Obi (left) and James Russell-Morley in The End of Eddy; Russell-Morley and Obi; Stiegler and Laufenberg; Laufenberg (on ground). History of Violence photographs by Arno Declair; The End of Eddy photographs by Sarah Walker. Images courtesy and © the producers, the performers, and the photographers.

MICHAEL KEEGAN-DOLAN’S SWAN LAKE

Matthew Bourne, with his aggressive male swans and nightclub scenes, took Swan Lake in one direction. Michael Keegan-Dolan’s short, Tchaikovsky-free take—LOCH NA HEALA (SWAN LAKE)—goes somewhere else altogether. Inspired by a number of folktales, including “The Children of Lir,” and updated to present-day Ireland, Keegan-Dolan gives us predatory priests, suicidal depressives, and Mikel Murfi as a goat, leading up to an exhilarating, shambolic climax.

This dance-theater-performance art hybrid—performed by Keegan-Dolan’s company, Teaċ Daṁsa, and co-presented by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance and the Ford Theatres—will be at Royce Hall for one night only. The trio Slow Moving Clouds will perform their score onstage.

LOCH NA HEALA (SWAN LAKE)

Saturday, November 9, at 8 pm.

Royce Hall, UCLA

10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles.

Michael Keegan-Dolan / Teaċ Daṁsa, Loch na hEala (Swan Lake), November 9, 2019, Royce Hall, UCLA, from top: Rachel Poirier (left) and Alex Leonhartsberger (foreground); Michael Murfi, (left) Leonhartsberger (sitting), Erik Nevin, Zen Jefferson and Keir Patrick; Leonhartsberger (left), Patrick, Murfi, Nevin, Jefferson, and Dr. Elizabeth Cameron Dalman; Murfi, Nevin, Dalman, and Patrick; Poirier, Latisha Sparks, Carys Staton, and Anna Kaszuba. Photographs by Reed Hutchinson, images courtesy and © the photographer, the choreographer, the artists, and CAP UCLA.