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Nature & Purpose

From 26 member  reviews
Members say: Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (26)


Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky, Slow

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.

Ambitious, Humorous, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you like avant-garde works about avant-garde artists

Don't see it if you're looking for an in depth bio of the subjects

Also I had two very different reactions to the two pieces. The first seemed... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You enjoy weird performance art and the unusual theater performance

Don't see it if you want a basic drama or ordinary play

Ambitious, Quirky, Edgy

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.

Also There were serious issues with the sound. It was very clear but with t... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Quirky, Strange

See it if You like strange theater. the actors really cared about the show.

Don't see it if You want to stay awake - I slept through most of it.

“Nature & Purpose” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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