Artist-Activist talk at Theatre of Yugen’s EMMET TILL, a river with Rhodessa Jones

Artist-Activist talk before the performance of EMMETT TILL, a river by THEATRE YUGEN
6pm, Mariposa Studio, 2808 Mariposa St. Free–rsvp online.

The great Theatre Yugen in San Francisco, celebrating their 35th year of work in the Japanese Noh tradition, have launched their newest piece about Emmett Till, an African-American 14-year old boy, whose murder in 1955 sparked momentum for the civil rights movement.

I just saw the performance last night, and it was haunting and moving.

At 6pm before the performance on November 14, I’ll be speaking on and moderating a panel of powerful artist-activists, including the great Rhodessa Jones and Donald Lacy Jr, and Emmett Till Family Representatives and Founders of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation Airickca Gordon-Taylor and Ollie Gordon.

Our symposium, called 35 and Counting, will investigate why being an artist counts and how the arts can direct us toward a more civil society.

a link to more information about this event:

This event is free, but please go online and reserve a seat as it is probably going to sell out. While you are online, please buy a ticket to EMMETT TILL, a river and see it right after our talk. You won’t regret it.

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Bogad TEDx Talk: “Tactical Performance: Thinking Theatrically for Powerful Protest”

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ECONOMUSIC: Keeping Score

In this newest piece, Bogad plays the Economusician, who makes absurd music out of economic data. Bogad takes note of, and makes notes from, falling property values and wages, rising prison populations and sea levels, and others indicators of our ongoing permacrisis. The musical scores keep score in the class struggle. The result is Econo-cacophony.

This piece was first performed March 30, 2012 at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, and most recently in Helsinki on November 9th at the Baltic Circle Theatre Festival.

It will be performed again on Wednesday, November 28th, at 7pm at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, and again in January 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of the Hemispheric Institute’s international Encuentro.

Economusic has been funded by the Bay Area Theatre Fund.

Photos by Antti Yrjönen.

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Angry Banker on Wall Street West

When Wells Fargo is foreclosed by the people, this angry banker is forced to miss a day of rejecting small business loans and avoiding tax payments.

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Write Your Dreams/Hopes/Fears: L.M. Bogad Performance

In this performance, L.M. Bogad poses as an authority (sometimes bureaucrat, corporate flack, and others).  The sign on the table says “WRITE YOUR DREAMS.” As people comply, he changes the signs to “WRITE YOUR HOPES” and/or “WRITE YOUR FEARS.” He then “processes” people’s writings in a series of absurd ways; censoring, annotating, footnoted, cutting, folding, crushing, twisting, burning, inhaling the smoke of the burned document to evaluate its smell…

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9/11/11: WELCOME TO OUR REVOLUTION: Testimony From Tahrir. Performance at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory

Sunset (7:38pm), September 11, 2011

In Winifred Lutz’s “Garden” at the entrance to the Mattress Factory (
$10 (Free for MF Members, CMU, PITT, and PPU students w/I.D.)

WELCOME TO OUR REVOLUTION:  Testimony from Tahrir
In this performance, Lawrence Bogad explores the Garden outside the Mattress Factory, guiding the audience though the tale of his five week journey through the streets of revolutionary Cairo. He navigates a torture-state in its death-throes, sees babies riding tanks, hears a rumor of “Zionist sharks,” and deciphers ancient Pharoanic hieroglyphic totalitarian propaganda. The piece will begin at dusk, with an ironic/symbolic ritual to Prevent the Sunset.


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Radical Ridicule: Serious Play and the Republican National Convention

This 40 minutes documentary examines the protests against the Republican National Convention.  The city, state, and the President’s lawyers attempted to deny the right to peaceable assembly for the protesters.  How do groups like Billionaires for Bush, the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, and 1000 Coffins respond?

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How To Close Every McDonald’s in Manhattan

Ronald McDonald, who had fallen in love with the food of New York and become frustrated with the corporate agenda of McDonald’s, stepped into action closing every McDonald’s store in Manhattan.


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The Last Ice on Earth!

Video about protest on Chevron headquarters in San Ramon, California after 4 years of war against Iraq.


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Oil Enforcement Agency (recruitment video)

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