Los Angeles Performance Practice and Bootleg Theater presents
Poor Dog Group's Group Therapy (Preview
Sat. October 14, 2017
Doors: 1:30 pm / Show: 2:00 pm (event ends at 4:00 pm)
Los Angeles, CA
“Disciplined, goofy, frenetic and provocative.” —Los Angeles Times
In 1968, the groundbreaking documentary Journey into Self revealed eight strangers as they underwent therapy in an attempt to “to discover the secret of being together,” at a moment of civil unrest and American consciousness raising. Nearly four decades later, L.A.’s celebrated theater ensemble confronts Group Therapy, a new work of documentary theater that mirrors that film’s voyeuristic lens and delves into 16 hours of the Group’s actual transcribed therapy with a licensed professional.https://www.bootlegtheater.org/event/1569117/
With performances and events that are geographically focused in and around Downtown L.A., the Festival program hosts ten days of contemporary performance by Los Angeles-based artists, presented in dialogue with works by guest artists from beyond our borders.
Produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice, this year’s festival is made in collaboration with our partnering venues:
Bootleg Theater & Factory
Theatre at Ace Hotel
Los Angeles Theatre Center
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater
The members of Poor Dog Group met when they were eighteen years old, and have been making art together for more than a decade. Their newest work, Group Therapy, draws on 16 hours of audio recordings from the group’s actual therapy with a licensed professional to probe the inner workings of long-term collaboration. It is a documentary performance centered on close-knit group of friends as they process their marriages, divorces, falling outs, alcoholism, the hustle of making art together, and above all, what it is like to endure.
Free, or contribute in support of the program. Reservations recommended.
Commissioned by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA and created as part of its Artists-in-Residence program, with additional residency support from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Headlands Center for the Arts. Group Therapy is a project of Creative Capital, produced in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice.
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