THE BLACK GLASS (LA)
Money. Sorcery. Porn.
THE BLACK GLASS is a darkly comedic story of corporate power and intrigue by the award-winning writer and director Guy Zimmerman. Atlanta's PushPush Theater & Film and Padua Playwrights in Los Angeles are co-producing this hybrid production. The 70-minute exploded noir mixes digital media, live performers and an original score by John Zalewski to highlight a rich, poetic text about greed and aggression.
A corporate executive is being blackmailed about his daughter's participation in internet porn that, bizarrely, hasn't happened yet. The blackmailers claim to have his daughter, but do they "have" her now, or in the future? And is she still his sweet little girl "tucked away in Spain," or an international porn star? Five characters play out the uncanny phenomenon of "retro-causality", where future actions affect the present and the present affects the past.
THE BLACK GLASS looks at the way greed and aggression have been institutionalized in the modern economy, leading to the rise of a new force that is both connective and subversively feminine. Drawing on perspectives from contemporary theorists, the play argues that capitalism involves a kind of sorcery in which aggression becomes institutionalized in the infamous military industrial complex, and greed in the form of consumer culture such as the porn industry sexual greed on steroids.
Despite its tragic aspect, the play enjoys a sense of humor about itself that keeps pace with its larger concerns. The Artistic Director of LA's landmark new play theater company Padua Playwrights, Zimmerman here teams up with PushPush and artists from both productions to remount a new hybrid version of this exhilarating new work.
THE BLACK GLASS received preliminary productions at PushPush last spring and at The Open Fist Theater as part of the L.A. Fringe Festival this summer. The new production, which premiered in Atlanta this December, combines Atlanta and Los Angeles' cast members and will be presented at several LA locations in January, starting with ArtShare in Downtown Los Angeles. The production will tour to Berlin's Ballhaus Ost Theater in February following the LA performances.
Come "sit back into the comfortable couch of your not knowing, dude."
Friday, Jan 18 & Saturday, Jan 19, 8pm
Sunday, Jan 20, 7 pm
Friday, Jan 25 & Saturday, Jan 26, 8pm
Art Share LA
801 E 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|