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The Wooster Group on Screen
February 03, 2013 - February 17, 2013
Screening Room


The Wooster Group on Screen
Sundays, Feb 3, 10 & 17  •  2:00pm
Admission per screening: $10 Regular/ $8 YBCA members students, seniors, teachers

In conjunction with The Wooster Group/New York City Players performances of Early Plays on Feb 14–16 in the YBCA Forum, we present this three-part program of rare TWG films. Presented chronologically, this series offers a unique opportunity to look at three decades of performance by this always radical, always groundbreaking, and profoundly influential performance group led by director Elizabeth LeCompte. Sincere thanks to Clay Hapaz, archivist for The Wooster Group.

Photos: House/Lights and To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) © Paula Court; Rumstick Road © Clem Fiori
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  • Rumstick Road
    Feb 3, 2013 1:00pm
    Screening Room

    A work-in-progress reconstruction of the groundbreaking 1977 production. Rumstick Road was an attempt to understand Spalding Gray’s mother’s suicide using audio-taped conversations, family letters, dance, slides, and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy (the founder of Christian Science). The project aims to recreate that lost performance through archival materials such as Super 8 film, video footage, still photographs, and audio recordings. (1977, 75 min, digital)

    “A brilliant and engrossing work; one whose abstraction and complexity are at the service of genuine emotion.” — The New York Times

  • House/Lights
    Feb 10, 2013 1:00pm
    Screening Room

    A complete performance of the 1999 Obie-winning collision of Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights with Joseph Mawra's B-movie classic, Olga's House of Shame. (1999, 75 min, digital)

    “...Bedazzling...there's nothing else like it around; it turns disorientation into a primary sensual pleasure, even as it raises terrifying thoughts about the deeply mixed blessings of technological progress.” — The New York Times

  • To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre)
    Feb 17, 2013 1:00pm
    Screening Room

    The Wooster Group’s 2002 Obie-winning production of Paul Schmidt’s version of Racine’s Phèdre, set in a mobile modernist landscape of sliding Plexiglas panels, omnipresent monitors, hidden cameras, and badminton. (2002, 75 min, digital)

    “This blend of ironic seriousness, heightened theatricality and multimedia ballet has developed into one of the sharpest of theatrical instruments…an ideal scalpel for Racine’s surgical exploration into lust.” — Village Voice

    “An astonishing invention and completely, utterly nuts. If it weren’t so nuts, it wouldn’t be so astonishing.” — New York Observer

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February 14, 2013 - 8:00pm - February 16, 2013 - 8:00pm
YBCA Forum

The Wooster Group and New York City Players bring their much heralded, award-winning collaboration, Early Plays, to San Francisco for three nights only.

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YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Abundance Foundation
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.