ALL STARS OF NONVIOLET COMMUNICATION
Featuring Franc Baliton, Patrick Kennelly,
Michael Morrissey, and Joe Seely
Written and directed by Asher Hartman with costumes
by Curt LeMieux
Sound Accompaniment by Jasmine Orpilla
A blue vaudevillian poem in three parts, THE ALL STARS OF NONVIOLET COMMUNICATION unleashes the vitriol of four dead, under-appreciated gay entertainers of the 1970s in a seething round of comedy and complaint.
Featuring veteran performers Franc Baliton, Patrick Kennelly, Michael Morrissey, and Joe Seely, with costumes by sculptor Curt LeMieux, sound accompaniment by composer and performer Jasmine Orpilla, and text and direction by Asher Hartman, THE ALL STARS OF NONVIOLET COMMUNICATION is a compact exploration of the brutality of language, the grief from which comedy emerges, and the ways in which language empties out into the passage from life to death. Although brief, the work is written in a dense amalgam of poetic speech, one-liners, movement, and sound with plenty of bite and aftertaste.
THE ALL STARS OF NON VIOLET COMMUNICATION takes its cue from the moment in a stand up routine when the comedian turns against the audience, heaping savagery upon it in an attempt to defend the comic’s role as container and messenger of society’s unacknowledged debts and burdens.
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions - April 2011 (Hollywood, CA)
Human Resources - April 2011 (Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA)