An exploration of the idea of ‘art’ as seen through the works of two radical creators, with two short works, focusing on abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and the controversial performance artist Chris Burden. More…
'Pollock: A Frequency Parable' is a 30 minute avant operatic sound performance piece inspired by famed painter Jackson Pollock. The play re-conceptualizes key elements used in Pollock’s revolutionary style of art making — such as energy, motion, scale, and improvisation — presenting a challenge to both the performer and the audience to free the voice from the confines of form and language, allowing it to transcend tradition and be experienced for its potential.
'A Beast/A Burden' combines contemporary theatrical staging with recreations of some of Burden’s most controversial and exciting multimedia and performance pieces, chronicling the life of the young artist, with Burden himself serving as the meandering and sometimes unreliable narrator of his own story.
See it if If you want to see an avante g. Play about two avante garde artists. If you want a different kind of play.
Don't see it if You want a consistent well written play. A play that is better than fair at best.
See it if you want to see 2 well-executed multi-media performance art pieces celebrating the work of experimental/influential artists Pollack & Burden
Don't see it if you don't appreciate radical, unconventional, experimental performance art; you are not interested in the question, "What is art?"
See it if you'd like to see 2 performance art projects that take their inspirations from the lives & work of 2 signature post-World War II US artists.
Don't see it if you’re looking for a play: only 1 of these pieces has anything like drama, only sometimes, & drama is its weakest ingredient.
See it if you enjoy performance art, these pieces based on artists and their works offer great vocalizing to interesting music and video & tense acts.
Don't see it if you are seeking a play - there is minimal acting here as this is new interpretation of artist works.
See it if You're familiar w/the work of Pollack & Burden. You enjoy alternative storytelling. You like plays about process. You like multi-media work.
Don't see it if You like linear, traditional storytelling. You want a biography or explanation of the artists' work. You dislike multi-media pieces.
See it if Two art show very different from the norm. One with sounds to music. Second is about the artist past art show.
Don't see it if you are not opened mind, or if you like normal.
See it if You like weird theater that treads the line between interesting and so bad it’s good. Usually funny shows that explore art in a fun way.
Don't see it if You like plot and are bothered by at times a lack of clarity if intent. Is it serious, is it a farce? This play might be a disaster or not.
See it if ..you have any interest in art, especially in Chris Burden, his performance art, and pursuit of the question “what is art”. Fascinating!
Don't see it if Both plays were well acted. The first portion was way too loud, and except for the video, had no apparent relationship to Jackson Pollock.
See it if You are an art fan and like experimental theater
Don't see it if You don't have earplugs for the first piece. The glam rock vocals were excruciatingly loud. Second piece was interesting but fluffy.
See it if you are interested in art, avant-garde, wonder what art is and what purpose it should have. You like smart and thought provoking productions
Don't see it if you need elaborate staging, big cast, easy entertainment.
See it if You want to see actor recreate performance artist Burden’s stunts. You enjoy performances with video backdrops.
Don't see it if If you are not willing to endure something experimental.
See it if you like two well-executed multi-media performances celebrating the work of experimental artists Pollack and Burden
Don't see it if you need elaborate staging, sets, a large cast and/or easy entertainment.
See it if You enjoy one-man shows that lean toward abstract, non linear performances.
Don't see it if You enjoy story driven plot or are hoping to learn about either artist. The show consists of wordless song and spare monologues.
See it if you respect imaginative undertakings and enjoy very good ensemble performances.
Don't see it if you like linear scripts and traditional staging. Also, if VERY LOUD nonsense syllables are distressing.
See it if You are interested in unusual performances, AMAZING Singing, and artists who defined their generations
Don't see it if If you're expecting a "play" Both shows get high marks for creativity and splendid performances
See it if You want to learn about a fascinating performer as interpreted by an absorbing lead performance.
Don't see it if You have issues with non linear narratives.
See it if If you appreciate out-of-the-box subjects. If you’re open to seeing another persons perspective.
Don't see it if If your mind isn’t open to learning about a subject from another persons perspective.
See it if If you want to hear a vocal performance that is off the charts and a performance art/play hybrid that is well crafted and fun
Don't see it if You don't get performance art or prefer a drama or comedy.