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Group Therapy (preview) // Poor Dog Group
October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In 1968, the groundbreaking documentary Journey into Self revealed eight strangers as they underwent therapy in an attempt to “to discover the secret of being together,” at a moment of civil unrest and American consciousness raising. Nearly four decades later, L.A.’s celebrated theater ensemble confronts Group Therapy, a new work of documentary theater that mirrors that film’s voyeuristic lens and delves into 16 hours of the Group’s actual transcribed therapy with a licensed professional.
After more than a decade of creating theater together, this tight-knit group of collaborators amplify their self-interrogation into an uncensored—sometimes funny, sometimes poignant—work of live art. Through chance operations, each performance of Group Therapy originates in a past encounter, then quickly spins into spontaneous reflections, real-time (re)recordings and cinematic gestures. As the members of Poor Dog Group process their divorces, dependencies, privileges and vulnerabilities, they create a portrait of a generation’s hustle, and, above all, what it is like to endure.
GROUP THERAPY is commissioned by The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA and was created as part of its Artists-in-Residency program, with additional residency support from The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Group Therapy is a project of Creative Capital, and is produced in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice.
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