Pregnant Catholic Girls Destroy American Theater!: A Crucible

A CRUCIBLE follows the high school drama club at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as it sets out to stage Arthur Miller’s classic play, The Crucible. Conflicts erupt when ideas about sexuality and contemporary performance begin to influence the young actors and their POV about the production. The young women and men, fueled by a passion for black magic and avant garde tropes, stage a coup to build a performance that addresses their own lives. This original play re-appropriates the writing of Arthur Miller, as well as Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol’s diaries, John Huston’s film The Misfits and other texts. A CRUCIBLE is a darkly comic play about the power and problems of performance.

A cast of nine will embody twenty-three different roles and lead the audience on a hallucinogenic survey of classical, modern and post-modern theater. The cast includes Heather Litteer (Big Art Group), Haley Rawson (Tenement Street Workshop), Chris Tyler (Our Hit Parade, Dixon Place), Robb Martinez (The Acting Company), nicHi Douglas (Political Subversities), and more — ALL OF THEM WITCHES!

I went to the opening night for the show and I’ve been meaning to post about it but have been waaaay tooo fuckin’ busy with my life the past few weeks… Sorry! Hope you saw it /// hope it runs again… I was really fucking tired the night I saw it, so gonna do my best to recap in some sorta meaningful way….

For those that didn’t see it…Basically a bunch of high school catholic girls get it in their head that they want to create experimental theater; after one of the girls visits their aunt in NYC who turns her on to the wild stuff happening off off off Broadway, she returns to school and convinces her friends that they could mount an experimental version of the Crucible if they can sway their closeted teacher/priest. But he’s busy pining over the recent hospitalization of his favorite male student and cannot believe the girls want to do something experimental! In the meantime, the girls get really catty and start infighting which leads to chaos ruining everything! But then an unexpected prince arrives to save the day! And then everyone gets pregnant which leads to daytime talkshow fame, but no play….

***Fuck… can’t find my notes… when I find my notes I’ll update this more… it was really funny + i jotted down details but yeah my memory has been fucked the past few weeks!been way too busy… ***


Nowhere like POKIPSE: Stephen Boyer and Rami Shamir celebrate the release of TRAIN TO POKIPSE

On March 12th, at Dixon Place, 7:30pm (free), Rami Shamir and I will be celebrating the long-awaited release of Rami Shamir’s TRAIN TO POKIPSE, the novel which legendary publisher Barney Rosset calls “a Catcher in the Rye for the new century,” the author will be reading selections from the book.

The historical details behind TRAIN TO POKIPSE’s publication have by now become legendary. Lawsuits, arrests, Corporate censorship, adamant support from leading figures in the American counterculture, all against the backdrop of the unfolding turmoil of its young author’s life, have made this a publication worth celebrating. Immediately after its recent release from the new imprint, Underground Editions, POKIPSE found itself to be the last book that legendary publisher Barney Rosset (the book’s editor and the author’s beloved mentor) would ever work on, excepting his own. (Rosset is the author of a soon-to-be released autobiography, tentatively titled “The Subject Is Left Handed.”)

I will be reading selections from my novel PARASITE and will probably talk about some personal, weird, fucked-up but important going-ons.. Oh, and Rami and I recently talked about his book and the life/death of Barney Rosset. If you haven’t heard it yet, do yourself a favor and click play.

M. Lamar: Speculum Orum: Shackled to the Dead; Requiem for Voice and Piano

Speculum Orum: Shackled to The Dead Requiem for Voice and Piano at Cathedral of Saint John The Divine Feb. 16 at 8pm

Here’s the details, reposted from St. John The Divine:

The Atlantic Ocean holds the remains of countless black bodies, people lost en-route from home to the new world. During the transatlantic slave trade, millions of Africans were carried in bondage to America. A horrifying percentage did not survive the journey. This piece is about them.

Many of the captured people preferred death to slavery. They jumped overboard or tried to starve themselves. In those circumstances the slaver would use a device called a speculum orum to keep the captives’ mouths open while they were forced to eat.

In the fetid holds of slave ships, live bodies were shackled to the dead, sometimes for days and months at a time. The artist M. Lamar, believes that we are all also shackled to the dead. The water that rises from the ocean, falls as rain into our reservoirs, and flows down the pipes to our faucets, was once and is still their grave. This water, water that is now inside all of us, conceals and reveals the truth about who we are as Americans. The abducted Africans had their months forced open.  M. Lamar states, “I will willingly open my mouth to lift my voice and let the spirits dance. Yes, we are shackled to the dead! They speak to us and through us. Let their voices rise!”

M. Lamar is a countertenor, pianist and composer whose work draws heavily from African American Spirituals, Opera, late 20th century avant-garde music, as well as popular forms like blues and rock. Lamar’s work has been presented at PS122, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, Abrons Art Center, The Chocolate Factory,Galapagos Art Space, Center for Performance Research, and Washington Center for Performing Arts among others.

In 2008 Lamar’s work was presented along side world renowned performance artist Ron Athey in the Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda in Quebec, Canada.  Also, 2008 found Lamar as featured performer in Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bonds award-winning show Lustre at P.S. 122 and Abons Arts Center.

Lamar is also a recording artist, having released a full length album: Souls On Lockdown, a 7- inch single :The Conquest and an EP: Negro Gothic

Lamar has trained vocally with Ira Siff and studied piano with Dmitry Alexeev


Thursday, February 16, 8 pm

Tickets: $15.00

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

This event is presented in conjunction with The Value of Water: Sustaining a Green Planet, an exhibition with related programming at the Cathedral running through March 25, 2012.

Interview With Marc Arthur + Peter and the Wolf

Whenever I tell people about my friend Marc Arthur, I can’t help but describe him as one of my crazed genius friends. Ever since I first met Marc (at some drunken crazed party in San Francisco wherein everyone was some version of male/female parading their bodies like peacocks strutting for a sexual encounter) I’ve had the joy of expanding my notions of theater and performance art. Marc Arthur’s work strips theater of its essential elements to create a new model for live performance, fusing physical media with live action to articulate a combined logic of the performing and visual arts. His shows have been produced by LaMaMa, Dixon Place, New Langton Arts, and The Living Theater. Arthur frequently collaborates with legendary underground filmmakers the Kuchar brothers and beloved drag performance artist Vaginal Davis. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice (2007) and Frise, Hamburg (2009). Arthur studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin; the California College of the Arts, San Francisco; and in the dramatic writing program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. It brings me great joy and excitement to announce his latest work, Peter and the Wolf, is coming to fruition. Be sure to buy tickets and check out the interview we did so you all can get a better understanding of the beautiful work he’s been lovingly working diligently on so that theater may progress.

Here’s the interview:

MP: Hey Marc! It’s really great to meet up with you and talk about Peter and the Wolf, wanna start out by talking about the inspiration for its creation?

MA: Yeah! It started about two years ago. I was hiking in Big Sur when I had a very communal experience with a wolf. When I first saw it I thought it was going to attack me. I retreated but the wolf caught my eye. There was something about this creature that was so human. The animal and I bonded and I ended up spending the night there with it. At the time I was also doing work at New Langton Arts. I conceived of a show where each character in Peter and the Wolf would be represented by a different artist – there would be an exhibition and every artist would submit a work based on their character. It’s evolved since then into a more performance based piece.

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It’s a bit of a shock to file away everything that happened this past year into memories.  But it’s official, 2010 is dead. Truly life is zooming out and 2010 showed me over and over just how small my position in the grand spectacle we call reality. This past year I made the move from the West Coast to NYC and was fortunate to get to do quite a bit of traveling: Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Paris, Woodstock, and ended it in Miami partying with all the legendary Club Kids at Susanne Bartsch’s extraordinary NYE extravaganza.

My year began focused on getting my play “Life on Mars: The James Bidgood Story” off the ground, but after I showed it at Poet’s Theater in SF last February, my life came apart in Los Angeles and I had to hit the road toward uncertainty. Looking back on the year, I’m able to see all the beautiful times that sprouted in a year that was heavily coated with pain, sorrow, loss and heartache. Unfortunately my anxiety level was at an all time high all year long, and looking back I’m acutely aware that I never seemed to fully be present, I was constantly worried about what was going to happen next and afraid my life would again come undone. It’s impossible to live fixated on worry or anxiety or whatever… So for 2011 I want to try to give up worrying about tomorrow, embrace the present and spray paint my visions gold.

2010 really proved individuals must accept change and be able to adapt to the changes life constantly evolves toward. 21st Century literacy is no longer limited to the ability to read and write. Now the literate person must also be able to adapt and constantly be able to learn and unlearn in order to relearn. Unlearning/relearning and change are difficult concepts because they inherent a sense of loss and me being an emotional person, I grieve each and every ending.

Here are a bunch of pictures of the NYE party my friends The Zand Collective and I rang in 2011 at:

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An Interview with Erin Markey about her show “Puppy Love: A Stripper’s Tail”

Both of us here at minorprogression went to see Erin Markey’s one woman extravaganza “Puppy Love: A Stripper’s Tail” last night at PS122 and we’re still gushing about it. Erin has been on our radar since catching the early stages of “Puppy Love” when it was part of “The Sex Workers Art Show” in San Francisco a few years ago. Even in its early stages we knew that Erin’s work was something special and we’ve been looking forward to viewing her work in its entirety since then. As a performer Erin is a dizzying spectacle. She is at once ferocious and friendly, sexually appealing and frightening, old and young, the list goes on and on. Through all of these transformations and multiple personalities that Markey takes on, the thing that makes her work so endlessly engaging is her unbelievable talent, intelligence and range as a performer.

In hearing about the her show’s newest incarnation at PS122 we shot Erin an email asking her if she would do an interview, to which she responded positively. We saw the show last night, emailed her the interview that we put together after her performance and got a beautiful response back from her today. We’re both amazed and grateful for her amazingly quick response and we are seriously honored here at minorprogression to bring this exclusive interview to our readers.

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