The Wooster Group
THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR
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.
- Kyoto Art Center Shunjuza
- Performed in English with Japanese surtitles
- New York, United States
The Wooster Group
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.
|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|
|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|