Presented by Linfield Theatre and the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield
A Linfield PLACE event
Featuring Jerry Goralnick and Claire Lebowitz of The Living Theatre Workshops and Linfield Students
Claire Lebowitz and Jerry Goralnick of The Living Theatre Workshops will be in residence at Linfield from September 15th – September 21st. Working with Linfield students they will present Bradass87, No Sir!, and a guided discussion about the legacies of war.
Created by Claire Lebowitz for Whistleblowers Theatre, Bradass87, a compelling political drama, explores the motivations of WikiLeaks whistleblower, Private First Class Bradley Manning. The play has been composed from documentary sources: chat logs of Manning's own words, trial transcripts and journalistic interviews. Set in solitary confinement at Quantico Marine Corp Brig and on the Internet, Bradass87, a highly physical and multimedia play, also examines the court martial that has serious consequences for freedom of the press in the United States.
NO SIR! probes the controversial topic of military recruitment in protest of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.This anti-war play is presented in front of a commercial made by the U.S. government for military recruitment and was originally performed as street theatre at the giant screen at the armed forces recruitment station in Times Square.
Since 1947, The Living Theatre has created an imaginative alternative to the commercial stage by using the theatre to further social change.
Claire Lebowitz is a playwright, actor and director living in New York City. As an actor she has performed in The Donkey Show and Measure for Measure both directed by Diane Paulus and The Sisters Come and Go at Theaterlab. She was Assistant Director to Judith Malina in the 2007 production of The Brig (Obie award, direction and ensemble). She likes to make political, social justice theater having worked with the Living Theatre, the People's Puppets of Occupy Wall St, and directed and taught at the International High School in Queens and with high school students in Afghanistan. During the past year she has been developing Bradass87 a play about Bradley Manning from documentary sources that has performed in theaters and in the streets in NYC and Washington D.C.
Jerry Goralnick has worked with The Living Theatre for twenty eight years. His credits with the company include Ali Sayed in Capital Changes, Brick Blume in Anarchia which he co-directed, Einstein in Waste, Hitler in I and I, The Answerer in The Tablets, Zev in Poland 1931, Korach in Korach as well as a dozen other productions.
Mr. Goralnick co-created and directed the street theater play NO SIR! He co-directed The Body of God and stage managed the Obie Award winning "Living Theatre Retrospectacle". Mr. Goralnick co-founded and co-directs The Living Theatre Workshops and has taught Living Theatre techniques around the world.
Other credits include the world premiere of Fizzles by Samuel Beckett at The New Haven Artists Theater, many roles in the plays of Shakespeare in New York City parks, is listed in IMBD, appears in many music videos and webisodes, has done narration for documentaries and educational videos and for ten years he performed with Reverend Billy's Church of Stop Shopping and appears in the documentary What Would Jesus Buy. Most recently he appeared at the Metropolitan Playhouse as Yossel in Willow Grove.
For the past year and a half he has been an organizer with Occupy Wall Street.