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RADICAL FICTIONS

At this week’s INSTITUTE FOR THEATRE AND SOCIAL CHANGE CONFERENCE, Bryonn Bain will give the keynote address A DIALOGUE ON RADICAL FICTIONS and join an opening night panel including authors Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Jody Armour, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and Brent Blair.

The conference will feature a performance of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “brilliantly crafted” play AN OCTOROON.

“From Dion Boucicault’s 1859 play The Octoroon, about a white Southerner who falls in love with a mixed-race woman, Jacobs-Jenkins fashioned a kind of theatre-essay, whose parentheses are filled with dialogue about performing blackness, the theatre as a live art, and the basic concerns that haunt the thinking mind trapped in a body that’s defined by skin color, gender, or speech: life makes each of us a target for someone else. AN OCTOROON isn’t just an alternative to the irony-free ‘black American theatre’ of Lorraine Hansberry and August Wilson; it’s part of it—and part of many other things, too, because Jacobs-Jenkins’s surrealism grows out of naturalism, the strange circumstances that make us open our mouths, hoping to be heard, even as we forget to listen.” — Hilton Als*

 

INSTITUTE FOR THEATER AND SOCIAL CHANGE CONFERENCE

Thursday through Saturday, April 12, 13, and 14.

CAAM, USC, and the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

 

A DIALOGUE ON RADICAL FICTIONS

Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm.

CAAM, 600 State Drive, Expo Park, Los Angeles.

 

AN OCTOROON

Friday, April 13, at 7 pm.

CAAM, 600 State Drive, Expo Park, Los Angeles.

 

BRYONN BAIN—LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN

Saturday, April 14, at 8 pm.

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4708 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles.

 

*Hilton Als, “God Only Knows,” The New Yorker, March 6, 2017.

Above: Bryonn Bain in Lyrics from Lockdown. Photograph by Tom Sullivan.
Below: Lance Gardner in the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon, in 2017 at Berkeley Rep. Photograph by Kevin Berne

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MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN

No national organization has done more to improve the education and health care of children in the United States than the Children’s Defense Fund. This week, its founder and president Marian Wright Edelman will give a talk at the Health Sciences Campus of USC.

 

I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE—A LECTURE BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, Thursday, March 29, at 4 pm. Reception to follow.

MAYER AUDITORIUM, 1975 Zonal Avenue, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

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Marian Wright Edelman. Photograph by Chris Weeks.

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FEMINISTA JONES

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Feminista Jones will be among the panelists this week at TALKING RACESOCIAL MEDIA AND SOCIAL JUSTICE at USC.

Join Meredith Clark, Karen Grigsby BatesFélix Gutiérrez, and Jones to “explore how new ways of creating and sharing news, from the hyper-local to the global, intersect with communities of color and issues that matter.”*

 

TALKING RACESOCIAL MEDIA AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, Tuesday, March 27, at 7 pm.

DOHENY MEMORIAL LIBRARY, room 230, USC, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles.

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Feminista Jones. Photograph by Colin Lenton.

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WHEN WOMEN DISRUPT

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WHEN WOMEN DISRUPT—“a collaborative featuring artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, muralist Jessica Sabogal, and filmmaker Melinda James—will discuss how their outdoor public art installations challenge racism, sexism, and xenophobia.”

 

WHEN WOMEN DISRUPT, Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 pm.

WALTER ANNENBERG HALL, USC, 3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles.

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RUBBERBANDANCE

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RUBBERBANDance, from Montréal, will perform this week at USC.

Artistic director Victor Quijada—who founded the troupe “to reconcile the opposing aesthetics of street styles and classical dance”—will participate in a post-performance Q & A.

 

RUBBERBANDANCEVIC’S MIX, Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 pm.

BOVARD AUDITORIUM, USC, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles.

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RUBBERBANDance performing Vic’s Mix. Image credit above: Milk Images. Photograph below by Bill Hebert.

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