The Summer and Fall of 2016 was a pretty active time…besides 25 radio appearances in support of the new Tactical Performance book, I was able to travel a bit and give a few talks. More are planned for 2017, announcement coming soon.
April 16: Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco: I performed “Exit 11,” a strange monologue about growing up in New Jersey, toxic waste, green rabbits, corporate impunity, Superfund sites and self-soothing through Vivaldi, chanting, and whalesong. This was part of the “Green-Collar Comedy,” one of the events of the Arts & Ecology Residency Showcase.
May 28: Performed “The Panopticock: An Immodest Proposal,” with J. Stahl and Leslie Dreyer, a neo-Foucouldian satire of the surveillance state, as part of La Pocha Nostra’s OAKLAND VERSUS SAN FRANCISCO event, for the San Francisco International Arts Festival: http://www.sfiaf.org/la_pocha_nostra. I also performed a new piece, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS, a satire of corporate sponsorship that turns strange and existential by the end.
June 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: As an opening act for Guillermo Gómez-Peña, I performed “A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS.”
July 13: Book talk and lecture at the “Hiedra” arts space, Buenos Aires
July 15 performance of Economusic, using the new electronic-absurd ECONOMUSIC APP (!), and some professional opera singers in the audience who didn’t know I was going to call on them to sing, but who were good sports and performed splendidly. At Club Matienzo, Buenos Aires.
July 18 performance of PANOPTICOCK: An Immodest Proposal, with J. Stahl, at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics’ Encuentro, Santiago, Chile.
July 20 performative presentation of ECONOMUSIC for my workgroup, organized by Diana Taylor, Santiago, Chile.
July 26 performance of my new monologue/slide showA NOTE FROM OUR SPONSORS, Valaparaiso, Chile.
September 22 Tactical Performance talk at NYU, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics.
September 23 Tactical Performance book launch event, Bluestockings Books, New York City.
September 24 Adaptation of Non-Fiction Texts to Performance Workshop at Queens Museum, New York.
September 26 Tactical Performance presentation, Bard College. Sponsored by the Human Rights Project, Theatre and PerformanceProgram, and Experimental Humanities.
October 3 Tactical Performance presentation at Ryerson University, Toronto.
October 5 Tactical Performance presentation at York University, Toronto.
October 17 presentation and workshop for Rupa Marya and activist doctors and interns at UCSF medical school, San Francisco.
October 18: at CIIS in SF as part of their “Dancing With The So Called Dead: festival, I co-performed with Guillermo Gómez-Peña a series of our original monologues and duets. https://www.facebook.com/events/1735465340009349/
October 24 workshop for The Graduates, a group of formerly incarcerated women working on a performance critical of the prison-industrial complex, at ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans.
October 26, Tactical Performance workshop for theatre artists at ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans.
October 28, performance of my play, COINTELSHOW: A PATRIOT ACT, at ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans.
November 2nd…once again I tried my hand at telling a personal story at THE MOTH storyslam in Berkeley. Always a good time.
November 10 STREET THEATRE at the invitation of, and in support of, a coalition of progressive unions, in solidarity with Standing Rock, at the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Oakland. The performance was good fun, and my shtick was simple (and once again I was typecast as the bad guy). The turnout was wonderful–hundreds of diverse union members from a wide array of unions who made an effective connection between Wells Fargo policy, climate justice, and indigenous sovereignty.
November 14 Guest Lecture on Carnivalesque Protest at U.C. Berkeley.
December 1 West Coast Book Launch Event at the great old City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco. What a pleasure to present at this hallowed space with the old Beats looming over us. Thanks to Peter Maravelis.
December 4 on a panel at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco with my dear old New York City comrades from Reclaim the Streets and other misadventures, Ben Shepard and Ron Hayduk.