Writers Block: Kestutis Nakas, Remembrance of Things Pontiac
As 1969 turns into 1970, little Tony longs for love, drugs and puberty. Caddying by day and partying by night, his dream of joining Michigan's counter culture comes true at the Goose Lake Music Festival. But then some weird shit happens.
Kestutis Nakas is a writer, performer, director, and teacher whose work has been presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, La Mama, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 8BC, The Kitchen, Highways, Prop Theatre and numerous other national venues. Performance works and plays include RIP, No Bees for Bridgeport, Railroad Backward, Remembrance of Things Pontiac, My Heart, My President, Hunger and Lightning, The Andrew Carnegie Story, and the critically acclaimed tragi-farce cycle: When Lithuania Ruled The World, Parts I, II, III. & IV. In the 1980's, he was active in New York's East Village performance scene and was Artistic Director of Gates of Dawn, which showcased New York performers. He has taught at NYU, UCLA, CUNY, and the University of New Mexico. He is a Professor of Theatre at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His performance text about urban beekeeping, No Bees for Bridgeport, was published in Animal Acts, Performing Species Today, an anthology of new performance edited by Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes, University of Michigan Press.
Kestutis is artistic director of The Bridge, a new theatre in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood . The Bridge presents original, eclectic performance and theatre. In February of 2016, The Bridge joined with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MCA, Defibrillator Gallery and a host of other venues to host the city-wide IN TIME>16 Performance Art Festival.
About The Writers Block:
The Writers Block Festival was created by Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project to showcase the vision of contemporary writers, performers, and artists many of whom got their start in the nightclubs, seminal performance spaces, and theaters associated in the EV/LES. The festival serves as a benefit for Howl! HELP, providing emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have made or continue to make their careers in New Yorks East Village and Lower East Side arts communities. 100% of ticket sales benefit the Actors Fund.
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