Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Penny Arcade, legendary performance artist and writer of essays, poetry and theatre, is the undisputed Queen of NYC’s underground and recent sensation of the London and international stage. In town to perform her multiple award winning show Longing Lasts Longer, at CAP UCLA, she is making an exclusive stop to discuss her book Bad Reputation, a collection of three of her groundbreaking theatre works. Joining her to discuss her long journey from Warhol girl to venerated one-of-a kind artist are two once junior members of her 1980’s East Village cohort, writer and Renaissance man Dudley Saunders and Chevalier’s very own sui generis performer/writer Heather Woodbury. This is bound to be a wild – and wide-ranging -reading/performance, talk and q&a, followed by signing.
Penny Arcade Aka Susana Ventura is an internationally respected performance artist, writer, poet and experimental theatre maker known for her magnetic stage presence, her take no prisoners wit and her content rich plays and one liners. She is the author of ten scripted performance plays and hundreds of performance art pieces. This autobiographical trilogy of plays represents her at her best. The funny and heart-rending title work, Bad Reputation, portrays a young teen runaway’s coming of age in a Catholic reform school (run by nuns who are former fashion models) and her subsequent life on the streets of 1960s New York.Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! is a raucous, cutting-edge sex and censorship show (which continues to be a commercial hit around the world), featuring the daily life of a receptionist in a brothel, the upbringing and rearing of a “faghag,” and the evolution of the New York gay scene. La Miseria, a rare depiction of working-class Italian-Americans from a woman’s point of view that portrays the clash between working-class morals and compassion during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, rounds out the trilogy.
“Acute, humane, unmissable.” – TimeOut
Penny Arcade (Susana Ventura) A runaway at thirteen, a reform-school graduate at sixteen, a performer in the renowned New York City Playhouse of the Ridiculous at seventeen, and an escapee from Andy Warhol’s Factory scene at nineteen, Penny Arcade (born Susana Ventura) emerged in the 1980s as a primal force on the New York art scene and an originator of what came to be called performance art. Arcade’s brand of high camp and street-smart, punk-rock cabaret showmanship has been winning over international audiences ever since. Since 1992 she has collaborated with video producer Steve Zehentner in all her theatre work and they have co-helmed The Lower East Side Biography Project, an oral history video project. Also a poet and essayist, her writing has been published in numerous newspapers, and journals including Film Culture, Found Object, Verses That Hurt, Please Kill Me (The Oral History of Punk), Out of Character, Raves, Rants and Monologues from America’s Top Performance Artists, and Monologues for Women.
Dudley Saunders is a writer, composer and multimedia artist best known for his four music albums Restore, The Billy Whiteacre Sessions, The Emergency Lane and the recent Monsters. He has received writing fellowships from Yaddo, The Edward Albee Foundation and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He has contributed fiction to The Kenyon Review and journalism to such magazines such as The Village Voice, Interview and Rolling Stone. He has written and performed five performance art works, most recently In These Boxes, which toured nationally. He also directed and edited Heather Woodbury’s multiple-award winning play cycles and John Kelly’s The Escape Artist.
Heather Woodbury is a writer-performer known for long-form serial play cycles that combine the scope of the novel with the immediacy of performance. These solo and ensemble pieces have been produced in the US and Europe, published as novels, and broadcast as audio plays and podcasts. She is the winner of an OBIE, the Spalding Gray Award, an NEA Playwright Fellowship and the City of L.A. COLA Award, among others. She is on the staff at Chevalier’s!