Performing the Artist’s Role in the Community

Liz Toonkel as My Period (photo by Ian Byers-Gamber)

As our nation’s political landscape becomes increasingly fraught and fractured, many citizens are focusing on local issues in order to effect change. At the locus of these debates is the town hall meeting, the most basic realization of our democratic process. So, this weekend, artist and production designer Liz Toonkel will be hosting her own Town Hall meeting that examines the role of the artist within the community.

In the guise of her costumed character My Period, Toonkel will emcee two days of irreverent, interrogative performances that embrace dissent and radical participation. These include Zoe Aja Moore‘s interactive performance led by her 10-month-old child; a dance piece about the fall of white supremacy by Darling Shear-Squire; and Molly Shea‘s one-woman show about the daughter of the creature from the Predator films — “a valley girl who goes on vacation and misappropriates things and has a mild existential crisis about power and violence and what it means to be from a culture that murders,” according to Shea. In between performances, the audience will be invited to ask questions or discuss the works. As at actual town hall meetings taking place all over the country, coffee and donuts will be served.

When: Saturday, September 16, 5–9pm & Sunday, September 17, noon–4pm
Where: Ltd Los Angeles (1119 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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