Rules for Radical Puppets
Automata Los Angeles, a nonprofit arts organization founded in 2004, is known for cutting-edge theatrical experiences that blur the lines between performer and performance objects through, yes, experimental puppet shows. Located in a modest space on the charming, pedestrian-only Chung King Court in Chinatown, tonight begins the second and final weekend run of its latest production, Exhibit A, directed by Susan Simpson (one of the founders of Automata L.A. and a faculty member at the CalArts School of Puppetry). Exhibit A explores the political history of Los Angeles, specifically focusing on the "radical visionaries that populated the hills of Silver Lake in the 1950s," including noted modernist architect John Lautner and early LGBT rights activist Harry Hay. Combining original documents, such as journal entries and letters, with the music of indie acts MkatZ and The Boyfriend, the script serves as a backdrop for delightfully discombobulating green-screen effects on a stage shared by human actors and progressive, unconventional puppets. Seating is limited and presale tickets are recommended. Automata Los Angeles, 504 Chung King Court, Chinatown; Thurs.-Sat., May 2-4, 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., May 4-5, 4 p.m.; $18; students, seniors and members, $15. automata-la.org.
Thu., May 2, 8 p.m., 2013
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