FRI JUL 28 at 7PM, SAT JUL 29 at 9PM
This performance is included in the Weekend Pass, Friday Pass, and Saturday Pass
“The loquacious Ms. Truscott was as funny as she was brash: an unapologetic feminist, a comedian and a dancer, with a subversive side tempered by a chummy, wisecracking wit.” – New York Times
Created and Performed by Adrienne Truscott
Directed by Ellie Heyman
FCA Recipient and 2014 Doris Duke Impact Awardee Adrienne Truscott, the radical comedian, activist and performance artist best know for her blistering satire about rape culture, Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape about Comedy Starring Her P*ssy and Little Else!, brings her latest work THIS to LA/LA Festival. THIS has been nominated for a NYC Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.
Truscott mines her own past and current work – as a choreographer, circus performer, essayist, comedian and cabaret performer – to investigate and inhabit familiar material in unfamiliar places.
THIS is an always-evolving work – a physicalized performance of writing (and reading of performance) – that alters with each performance to reflect the change in context brought by the performance, venue, moment at hand. It is a solo performance, which may not always be a solo.
THIS plays with presence, memory, authorship, narrative authority, linearity, truth, fiction, autobiography, memoir, creative sources and what demarcates performance, intention, execution.
THIS mines some of Truscott’s own past and current large group and solo pieces for material available for theft and repurposing. It investigates liminality and the experience of and evaporation of time as it is parsed with memory, embellishment and trauma – and, contemporaneously, allows the performance itself to be influenced by taking on these things in the midst of the current national trauma.
THIS also exists in the liminal space of trying to make a piece of art about trauma while being slightly traumatized by the feeling of inadequacy of making art in the current political landscape.
THIS explores the role of the dancer — and the role of the female body — in the real world with a ‘hypnotic female spirit. Our personal narratives, like it or not, may be silently hidden in our bones and muscles; THIS and Truscott suggest that maybe, like it or not, performance is memoir. And THIS also suggests that that fact might be gross.
THIS is a brash non-linear confessional that bounces from 2017 feminism to the presidency to unconventional urban living.
In THIS the performer’s history as a mover is apparent. Treating her monologues and storytelling like choreography, she carves through space judiciously with impeccable timing.
See Adrienne Truscott in her recent work ASKING FOR IT.
Adrienne Truscott is a choreographer, comedian, writer, and one half of The Wau Wau Sisters, a boundary-busting cabaret act. Her critically-acclaimed and award-winning Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! continues to tour internationally and is considered a critical impetus to the evolving conversation about rape culture. She is a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award Artist and 2017 FCA Awardee for Theater/Performance Art, and performed recently at the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas and on The Moth. Her essays have been published in two Australian anthologies – Women of Letters: Between Us and Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex as well as several print and online publications. Her work has been presented by The Kitchen, PS122, Danspace, Dixon Place, New York Live Arts, Joes’ Pub, the Melbourne and Montreal International Comedy Festivals, the Sydney and Brisbane International festivals and the Soho Theater in London. As an artist, she wears many hats and is attracted to the possibility of failure as a mandate for rigor.
Carmine Covelli is a musician, performer and multimedia guru living in Brooklyn. He tours the world as drummer for The Julie Ruin and can be seen behind the drums for comedy/cabaret superstar Bridget Everett and The Tender Moments in NY, LA and the 2015 Comedy Central special Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder. As a performer he has been featured in work by choreographer, performer Adrienne Truscott and performance artist Neal Medlyn. He also makes solo shows, soundscapes for theater and enjoys working with wood and developing computer based interactives for museum exhibits.
Ellie Heyman is a Drama League Directing Fellow and a Time Warner Directing Fellow at WP Theater. Recent directing credits include, Jason Craig & Dave Malloy’s Beardo (Pipeline Theater), Erin Markey’s Boner Killer (Under the Radar/The Public Theater), Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm (Under the Radar/The Public Theater), Adrienne Truscott’s THIS (NYLA) and The Traveling Imaginary, a theatrical rock show with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) rated “Top 5 shows of the year” by NPR.