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2017/09/08 (Fri) 19:30 

2017/09/09 (Sat) 19:30 

2017/09/10 (Sun) 14:30 


60 minutes without intermission.




In English with Mandarin surtitles.


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Buy tickets THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons”, A Record Album Interpretation.

“The songs helped people survive. ” ── Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of English.
“The Wooster Group production is not only bringing it all into the present, but showing us how it has meaning in the present, That’s what art is about. ” ── Charles Anzalone, UB Now

THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons”, A Record Album Interpretation is a performance based on the LP Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons. The LP was recorded in1964 by folklorist Bruce Jackson. It contains work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and toasts performed by a group of black inmates in one of Texas’ agricultural prison farms. In 1964, the prison farms were still racially segregated and the black prisoners used work songs to keep time while working.

In THE B-SIDE, actor Eric Berryman channels the album (using an in-ear receiver), transmitting voices from the past into an electrically charged theatrical space. He is joined by Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore. THE B-SIDE continues one of The Wooster Group’s traditions of using record albums as both artifacts and organizing principles for original theater pieces.

The Wooster Group, USA

Founded in 1975, The Wooster Group has made more than 40 works for theater, dance, film, and video under the direction of Elizabeth LeCompte.

These works include RUMSTICK ROAD (1977), L.S.D. (…JUST THE HIGH POINTS…) (1984), FRANK DELL’S THE 
TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTONY (1988), BRACE UP! (1991), THE EMPEROR JONES (1993), HOUSE/LIGHTS (1999), TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre) (2002), HAMLET (2007),THERE IS STILL TIME..BROTHER (2007), LA DIDONE (2009), VIEUX CARRÉ (2011), CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida) (2014), EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS: A RECORD ALBUM INTERPRETATION (2014), THE ROOM (2015), and THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR (2017). Based at The Performing Garage at 33 Wooster Street in lower Manhattan, the company regularly tours worldwide, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The Performing Garage is part of the Grand Street Artists Co-op, a 1960s project of the Fluxus artmovement.

More at www.thewoostergroup.org

Production team

Performs: Eric Berryman, Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore
Director: Kate Valk
Design: Elizabeth LeCompte
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton and Ryan Seelig
Sound: Eric Sluyter and Gareth Hobbs
Video: Robert Wuss
Costumes: Enver Chakartash
Stage Manager: Erin Mullin
Production Manager: Bona Lee
General Manager: Pamela Reichen
Videographer: Zbigniew Bzymek
Special Thanks To: Kanzai HUANG

This piece is supported by the Princess Grace Foundation - USA, which awarded Eric Berryman a 2016-17 honorarium in theater.

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

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