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PERFORMERS UNDER STRESS presents a raucous cavalcade of American Poetry that answers the question: Why Poetry? Nov 30 through Dec 23 at Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth Street, San Francisco.
Their aim is for their audience to experience the worlds of these poems in a theatrical context: intense, funny and real.
Forty poets are featured including Langston Hughes, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Anne Sexton, Nikki Giovanni, Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski, Gregory Corso, Thom Gunn, Gil Scott-Heron, e.e. cummings, Anne Waldman, Billy Collins, Gary Soto, David Meltzer, and many others.ll
Performers Under Stress pushes poetry’s vocabulary into a synesthetic experience of movement, image, and sound.
syn·es·the·sia 1. A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.2. A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain. 3. The description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another.
Performers Under Stress developed this highly visual, occasionally interactive piece through a unique physical theatre workshop-into-rehearsal process, forging an evening of joyous, high-energy, intensely kinetic performance.
Founded over 20 years ago by Scott Baker and Charles Pike, Performers Under Stress is a recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Citation for their theater work in Chicago. Along with Valerie Fachman, Geo Epsilanty, Sylvia Kratins, and a growing ensemble of artistic associates, PUS continues to be highly praised for its bare-bones productions of Samuel Beckett plays and original works. Previous productions include critically lauded plays: How To Love, Cancer Cells, Failure 2 Communicate, An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This, His Final Evening, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Sam I Am and Son of Sam I Am, Ghost Train Coming, tempestuous(ness), or HIStory Is Told by the Victor, and The Farmington Armada.
Tickets for all performances are available at http://youneedtoreadpoetry.eventbrite.com.
More information available at http://performersunderstress.com .