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guerrilla theater

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guerril′la the′ater


n.
plays and skits used for political or social protest or propaganda and performed on the streets or in other nontheater locations.
[1965–70]
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Noun1.guerrilla theater - dramatization of a social issue; enacted outside in a park or on the street
dramatisation, dramatization - a dramatic representation
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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.
It was a prophetic disruption by the Church of Stop Shopping, a fairly typical enactment of "'guerrilla theater" by the folks around Rev.
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.
Anti-capitalist protesters carried pictures of the flag covered with blood and dollar bills with the slogan "Capitalism Kills." At the Capitol, anti-capitalist guerrilla theater activists unfurled a huge U.S.
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.
Describing the psychic and cultural emptiness caused by what he calls "product hypnosis," Talen says, "I wanted to do something besides just being ironic about it." 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.
Popularly it has become known as Guerrilla Theater, and "companies" have sprung up throughout America.