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Off The Wall : 2013

About Off the Wall
Coming into the 13th edition of The Warhol's performance series, Off the Wall, the key premise remains to provide a platform in Pittsburgh for unique, and at times odd, unsettling, humorous and hard to explain encounters with a range of live art. The artist's work often prods at conventions and conditions of theater, performance, cabaret and storytelling. As disparate as the artists or companies may be, the through line is generally intimate and immediate experiences that happily interrupt our increasingly mediated social engagement, and provide singular, in-the-moment, awkward and thoughtful moments that linger and leave an impression. Please join us and thank you for riding the wave.
Ben Harrison, Curator of Performing Arts & Public Programs

Tammy Faye Starlite

Chelsea Mädchen

Warhol theater
About the performance

In Chelsea Mädchen, the performance artist and country chanteuse-cum-evangelist, Tammy Faye Starlite, who has channeled Tammy Faye Baker and Tammy Wynette in wonderfully subversive cabaret performances in New York and LA, rediscovers Nico, a German actress and model who was one of Andy Warhol's more popular superstars and briefly fronted The Velvet Underground. With dialogue based on actual encounters Nico had with journalists, the show includes the brilliant repertoire of songs including VU classic's I'll Be Your Mirror, Femme Fatale and All Tomorrow's Parties, as well as notable Nico covers of David Bowie's Heroes, Rodgers and Hart's My Funny Valentine, Bob Dylan's I'll Keep It With Mine and The Doors' The End.

Directed by Michael Schiralli; musical director is Keith Hartel (True Love, the Richard Lloyd group).

Shana Moulton

Whispering Pines 10

Warhol theater

co-presented with Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art

About the performance

Whispering Pines 10 is a one-act opera by artist Shana Moulton incollaboration with composer Nick Hallett, and featuring vocalist DaisyPress. Directed by Elyse Singer, it features a live performance by Moulton as her alter ego Cynthia, a hypochondriac agoraphobe prone tocolorful hallucinations and absurd fantasies. While Cynthia seekshealth and total happiness within her virtual environment-aninteractive video set that utilizes real-time multimedia techniquesits creators call live animation — she usually settles for fad curesand new-age kitsch, creating situations in turn comic, contemplative, and surreal.

Whispering Pines 10 was developed through the Harvestworks Artist In Residence Program with additional support from the Experimental Television Center, The Kitchen, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and Rhizome.

David Cale

HARRY CLARKE

Warhol theater
About the performance

David Cale is an Obie-winning solo writer, actor and lyricist who has performed two sold out shows, A Likely Story and Palomino within the Off the Wall series. Cale returns to the Warhol with his new solo show HARRY CLARKE, a sexually charged and hilarious, one-man thriller. HARRY CLARKE is the story of a shy mid-western man who feels more himself when adopting the persona of a cocky Londoner, Harry Clarke. Moving to New York and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life, romancing two family members as the seductive and sexually precocious Harry Clarke, with more on his mind than love. With his spellbinding and emotionally nuanced storytelling, Cale has created a riveting story of a man leading an outrageous double life.

Seinendan Theater Company + Osaka University Robot Theater Project

Sayonara & I, Worker

Warhol theater

co-presented with Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

About the performance

The Seinendan Theater Company, created in 1983 in Tokyo and led by the highly influential and innovative theater director, Oriza Hirata, has collaborated with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, to develop “robot-human” theater, a new field involving a fusion of theater arts and science. This special project includes two short plays; Sayonara, which features an incredibly human-like android who consoles the human actor dealing with a fatal illness; and I, Worker, set in the near future and involving two robots interacting with a young couple (human actors), in a play that essentially questions the meaning and nature of work and its value and role in contemporary society.

This program's six-city tour is co-produced by Japan Society, New York and The Japan Foundation; and organized by Japan Society, New York.

Young Jean Lee's Theater Company

UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW

New Hazlett Theater

co-presented with the New Hazlett Theater

About the performance

Young Jean Lee's Theater Company returns for its fourth installment in the Off the Wall series, following memorable performances demonstrating Lee's subversive style and acerbic wit, dealing with Asian American stereotypes (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven), African American culture (THE SHIPMENT), and last year's dark comedy about life's futility (We're Gonna Die). In Lee's latest experiment around gender politics, UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, features six charismatic stars of the downtown theater, dance, cabaret, and burlesque worlds who come together to invite the audience on an exhilaratingly irreverent, nearly-wordless celebration of a fluid and limitless sense of identity.

UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW was co-commissioned through the Spalding Gray Award consortium including The Andy Warhol Museum, Performance Space 122, Walker Arts Center and On the Boards.

Nora Chipaumire

MIRIAM

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Co-presented with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

About the performance

The Warhol is pleased to partner with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater to welcome back dancer/choreographer, Nora Chipaumire. As a much anticipated follow-up to lions will roar…, a collaboration with fellow Zimbabwean and legendary musician, Thomas Mapfumo, (co-presented with the August Wilson Center in 2011) Chipaumire returns with Miriam, her first character-driven work, with influences such as of Joseph Conrad's writings, the life of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba; and the Christian iconography of Mary. Accompanied by a dynamic score from Afro-Cuban composer, Omar Sosa, Chipaumire and fellow performer, Okwui Okpokwasili, command the stage, with an intimate and striking performance dealing with the objectification of women and tensions between the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal.

The tour of Nora Chipaumire is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The presentation of Nora Chipaumire was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sandra Bernhard

I Love Being Me, Don't You?

Byham Theater

Co-presented with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

About the performance

Sandra Bernhard is an actor, comedienne, singer and author who has been challenging fans and critics with unforgettable stage shows since she got her start at L.A.'s Comedy Store in the '70's. In I Love Being Me, Don't You? , Bernhard delivers her unforgettable blend of outrageous humor, butting satire and fiercely energetic live performance.

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