La MaMa presents New York performance artist John Kelly's solo piece based on his 40 years of journal writing. More…
The work theatrically combines Kelly's deeply personal texts with movement, video, music, song, and live drawing into a ‘live memoir’. His experiences within the East Village art scene of the 1980s, gender performance, and the AIDS epidemic, have defined his status as a survivor whose presence challenges the ruptures in our cultural and generational dialogue.
See it if you're interested in John Kelly's work, or downtown performance, or how an artist finds a voice, or how AIDS devastated the arts community.
Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play.
See it if you remember the contribution of downtown performance artist, John Kelly, and the hey-day of Wig Stock--and yes, Miss Canada sings one song.
Don't see it if nebulous structure and hazy remembrances of diary entries resurrected at La MaMa for the downtown crowd isn't an evening for you.
See it if you've seen at least some of Kelly's performance art pieces over the years; not enough live performance here to give you a sense of his work
Don't see it if you don't already know Kelly's oeuvre or milieu; you don't like portrait-of-the-artist style reflections
See it if Are interested in performance art and a fan of John Kelly. The poignant acknowledgment of the lives affected by AIDS.
Don't see it if If you are not a fan of performance art