May 21, 2010
From staff reports
The School of Theater and School of Interdisciplinary Arts, with support from Arts for Ohio will host the groundbreaking theater artist John Malpede in a residency from Sunday through Wednesday.
Malpede will present his works “Bright Futures” and “Paid Late,” which address the current economic crisis at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Bentley Hall room 140.
“‘Bright Futures’ is extrapolated from contradictory responses to the economic crisis,” Malpede said. “The performance developed from a business school pep-talk for anxious future quants [financial engineers] and was paired with MIT economist Simon Johnson’s article ‘The Quiet Coup.’”
“Paid Late” is drawn from experiences with credit card companies and will be paired with texts reflecting Ohio University students’ experiences. Both works will include the participation of members of the OHIO community resulting from workshops leading up to the event and in the form of open discussion following the presentation of the pieces. The event provides an opportunity for members of the university and Athens community to consider how our common conditions are connected to the broad economic structures and processes of our time.
In addition to the performance, Malpede will hold a conversation about his work at 6 p.m. Sunday at Biddle Hall on East Green and a presentation and discussion at 10:10 a.m. Monday at Mitchell Auditorium in Seigfred Hall room 519.
Malpede directs, performs and engineers multi-event arts projects that include theatrical, installation and public art and education components. In 1985, he founded and continues to direct the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), the first performance group in the nation comprised primarily of homeless and formerly homeless people. LAPD's mission is to create performances that connect lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty.
Malpede has produced projects working with communities throughout the United States and in the U.K., France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Bolivia.
More information on John Malpede and his work with the Los Angeles Poverty Department is available at: http://www.lapovertydept.org.
All events are free and open to the public.