"The show’s best surprise, its chief delight, is how it elevates the debate above a three-ring circus."
-SF Chronicle (Lily Janiak) Highest rating!
"The Wooster Group has given us a gift — a joyful, raucous shriek of despair straight out of history’s heart. The least we can do is take an hour or so to hear it thump and soar into an uncertain future." -KQED ARTS (John Wilkins)
Z SPACE and piece by piece productions present:
The Wooster group in
The Town Hall Affair
Apr 6 - 16 on Z Space's Main Stage
The latest work by the acclaimed New York-based experimental theater group The Wooster Group, The Town Hall Affair is directed by Elizabeth LeCompte and based on Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's film Town Bloody Hall, which documents a rowdy 1971 debate on Women's Liberation held at Town Hall in New York City. The debate participants included distinguished critic Diana Trilling, "saucy feminist" Germaine Greer, and "radical lesbian" Jill Johnston, with Norman Mailer acting as an immoderate moderator.
In The Town Hall Affair the Wooster Group both re-inhabits and derails the original film, redirecting Mailer's pugnacious propensities onto himself and spinning out into Jill Johnston's vision of a revolutionary future.
Running Time 1 hr 5 min. No intermission.
Join us for a talkback with The Wooster Group cast on Thursday April 13th following the performance.
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
Based on the film Town Bloody Hall, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker
With Enver Chakartash, Ari Fliakos, Greg Mehrten, Erin Mullin, Scott Shepherd, Lucy Taylor, and Kate Valk
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton and Ryan Seelig
Sound: Eric Sluyter, Gareth Hobbs
Video and Projections: Robert Wuss
Additional Video: Zbigniew Bzymek
Assistant Directors: Enver Chakartash, Matthew Dipple
Costumes: Enver Chakartash
Stage Manager: Erin Mullin
Technical Directors: Eric Dyer, Joseph Silovsky
Production Manager: Bona Lee
Video DAILIES: Zbigniew Bzymek
Special thanks to Wendy vanden Heuvel