Official Program

The Wooster Group

Based on the film Town Bloody Hall by Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker


10.12−10.14, 2018Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza


A leading avant-garde group recreates a famous night of radical ideas and debate

Since its foundation in 1975, The Wooster Group has produced multimedia performance work and been a leading presence in the New York arts scene. Its pioneering practice has branched out across theater, dance, film, and video.

The Town Hall Affair is based on a debate on Women’s Liberation that took place at The Town Hall in New York in 1971. In front of a packed audience, the writer Norman Mailer, fresh from publishing The Prisoner of Sex, faced off in a fierce debate against a panel of feminists. This legendary and subsequently much-discussed debate was filmed by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus as the documentary Town Bloody Hall.

In The Town Hall Affair, against a backdrop of footage taken from the documentary Town Bloody Hall, performers play the real-life figures that appeared at the debate. This night of virtuoso and virulent jousting is vividly brought back to life for contemporary audiences, framed from the point of view of lesbian journalist Jill Johnston who disrupted the debate and wrote about it afterwards.



October 12 (Fri)19:30-
October 13 (Sat)17:00-
October 14 (Sun)14:00-◎

◎ Childcare service available. Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Office for more information.
Details will be announced at a later date.
Duration: 65min.


Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza 2-116 Uryuyama Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8271
-From Kitaoji Station (Municipal Subway Karasuma Line), take the Kyoto City Bus 204 towards “Takano / Ginkakuji” and alight at “Kamihatecho Kyoto Zoukei Geidai-mae”.



Performed in English with Japanese surtitles

Panel Discussion

October 8 (Mon) 11:00-13:00
Panelists: The Wooster Group
Moderator: Tadashi Uchino (Professor of Performance Studies and Theater Criticism, Gakushuin Women's University)

Ticket Prices

Adult Day ¥4,000 / Advance ¥4,500
Youth, Students Day ¥3,000 / Advance ¥3,500
High School Students & Younger Advance and Day both ¥1,000
Pair ¥7,500 (Advance Only)

Youth Tickets: available for those aged 25 and under.



Day Tickets

Same day tickets will be available for each performance at the venue box office one hour before the performance starts.
The latest information on ticket availability will be updated below at 11:30am on the day of each performance. We also accept ticket availability inquiries by phone.
Ticket Center: 075-213-0820 (11:00-19:00).



The Wooster Group

Photo by Prudence Upton

Founded in 1975, The Wooster Group is based at The Performing Garage in the SoHo neighborhood of lower Manhattan. The Wooster Group regularly tours its productions throughout the United States and internationally and has won Obie Awards, Bessie Awards, and the National Endowment for the Arts Ongoing Ensembles Grant. The Wooster Group makes original works for the theater and integrates visual media, sound, architectonic design, and text with live performance. Since its inception, it has presented more than 40 theatrical, dance, film, and video works has remained at the forefront of experimental theater. It first visited Japan with Early Shaker Spirituals, performed at the Sound Live Tokyo festival in 2015.

Photo by Steve Gunther

Photo by Steve Gunther

Photo by Steve Gunther

Photo by Steve Gunther


Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
With performances by Enver Chakartash, Ari Fliakos, Gareth Hobbs, Greg Mehrten, Erin Mullin, Scott Shepherd, Maura Tierney and Kate Valk
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton and Ryan Seelig
Tour Lighting by David Sexton
Sound by Eric Sluyter and Gareth Hobbs
Video and projections by Robert Wuss
Tour Video and projections by Wladimiro Woyno
Additional video by Zbigniew Bzymek
Video Cueing System Developed by Andrew Maillet and Wladimiro Woyno
Assistant Directors: Enver Chakartash and Matthew Dipple
Costumes by Enver Chakartash
Stage Manager: Erin Mullin
Technical Director: Jacob Bigelow
Production Manager: Bona Lee
Producer: Cynthia Hedstrom
General Manager: Pamela Reichen
In co-operation with PARC – Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Asian Cultural Council (New York)
Presented by Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto Experiment

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