Paradise Now was designed to offer playgoers what Penner calls a "transformative experience," an in-your-face show where the audience is badgered, taunted, forced to confront everything from insults and diatribes to nudity; a guerrilla theater
with an emphasis on the physical, the non-rational; an anti-establishment 1960s theater inspired by the civil rights movement and war protests.
But our tale really begins 70 years ago on the streets of Los Angeles, where Wasserman, a self-educated school dropout, and a stage techie named Norman Kaufman were producing what these days we would call guerrilla theater
Coalescing around the urgency of defeating Bush, guerrilla theater
performers, underground poster makers, mass-march puppetistas and radical interventionists find themselves joined on the public stage by swanky galleries, regional theaters, pop stars, major museums and other institutions that rely on corporate largesse or the pocketbooks of a politically diverse public.
In New York, the Surveillance Camera Players, a guerrilla theater
group, is trying to change the social consensus about these cameras.
At the Capitol, anti-capitalist guerrilla theater
activists unfurled a huge U.
Then Opgenorth returns to the museum and, in a kind of guerrilla theater
performance, without requesting permission or authorization, stands silently with his back t o the painting for one hour.
The resulting guerrilla theater
project takes on the forces--Disney, Starbucks, Mayor Giuliani's attacks on community gardens--that displace local businesses and disrupt communities in Times Square and surrounding neighborhoods.
Instead, she learned that the campy group of guerrilla theater
activists and community fund-raisers has included several women over the years.
A conference on incarceration, held on a September weekend and featuring Angela Davis and other luminaries of the California left, brought a temporary influx of black faces to the campus but barely roused any students from their dorms, and those who were around walked by the outdoor guerrilla theater
performances with the same studied coolness usually bestowed on ragged nutcases waving Bibles.
Historically, blacks used theater as a medium for protest, as guerrilla theater
, or "protest theater" as it was known in South Africa.
Obviously it is only a matter of time before a broadly based Black Guerrilla Theater
forms, interesting itself less in the war than in issues connected with the suppression of domestic freedom.
One of the foundation's good ideas is the notion of "Culture Jamming" - a kind of guerrilla theater
subversion aimed at the heart of wretched advertising excess.