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Performance in the Borderlands: 2014-2015

7 p.m., Sept. 26 and 27, 2014 | ASU’s West campus
“La Razón Blindada” – by Aristídes Vargas 
A sharply political play about the nature of tyranny and the human imperative for connection, “La Razón Blindada” (The Armored Reason), is a truly international production. The play sheds glaring light on some of history’s darkest corners. In this instance, the brutal military regime in Argentina that occurred from the 1970s to 1983. Forced into exile during that period, writer-director Aristídes Vargas writes from the deeply personal perspective of one who has suffered under a system gone mad. “Razón” was inspired by his brother, imprisoned and tortured during Argentina’s “Dirty War.” Languishing in isolation, he was allotted an hour each Sunday to interact with his fellow prisoners – time spent acting out stories, their hedge against despair. The sheer spate of verbiage makes the supertitles a bit daunting for non-Spanish-speakers, but despite that barrier, the effect is hallucinatory, surprisingly funny and surreal, an absurdist construct that hammers home man’s gross capacity for inhumanity – and his transcendent ability to endure.

 

7 p.m., Oct. 3, 2014 | ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program, Combine Studios, 3rd Street and Garfield – 821 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
Banned Plays: Radio Mambo – by Richard Montoya Radio
Mambo was on the list of literary works removed from classrooms in 2012 during the infamous Mexican-American Studies Ban in Arizona. Richard Montoya is co-founder of Culture Clash, the group that devised Radio Mambo. Featuring: Richard Montoya, Julio Cesar Morales, Dora Arreola, Sean San Jose, and Michelle Ponce to talk about their work on and around borders. Nov. 13, 7 – 9 p.m. Banned Plays: The Walls by Griselda Gambaro Location: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art This deeply ironic play is composed by Griselda Gambaro, one of Latin America’s foremost contemporary and controversial playwrights. Two eccentric civil employees who inexplicably charge him with a crime kidnap a man; he is locked in a well-furnished room where the walls begin to collapse on him. Gambaro brilliantly uses drama and dark humor to portray the individual’s inability to rise up against abuse and psychological terror.

 

7 p.m., Nov. 13, 2014 | Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
Banned Plays: ‘The Walls’ – by Griselda Gambaro
This deeply ironic play is composed by Griselda Gambaro, one of Latin America’s foremost contemporary and controversial playwrights. Two eccentric civil employees inexplicably charge a man with a crime and kidnap him; he is locked in a well-furnished room where the walls begin to collapse on him. Gambaro brilliantly uses drama and dark humor to portray the individual’s inability to rise up against abuse and psychological terror.

 

May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. | Phoenix Youth Hostel and Cultural Center, 1026 N 9th St, Phoenix, Arizona 85006
How Not to Make Love to a Woman – Written and performed by ASU PhD Student Laurelann Porter with special guest artists Michelle Ivette Ponce and Nikki G. 
An almost-comedy about domestic violence. Please note: contains nudity and mature content. 

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