Lost Lounge at USC

Visions and Voices Presents Lost Lounge

Ah, nostalgia—not what it used to be. Even the most wistful memories of a bygone time seem threatened by the wrecking ball of a greed-driven culture and sped-up lives. What does it mean to miss something? Who are we when the very geography we remember is no longer around to orient us? Split Britches, one of the first professional feminist theatre companies, will consider such questions with deconstructive charm and comely defiance in Lost Lounge, a behind-the-scenes peek into the labor and romance of two lounge-act performers, accompanied on keyboards by Vivian Stoll. Retrieving and repurposing long-forgotten source material, including songs from the 1950s lounge duo Louis Prima and Keely Smith and text from the 1971 film Le Chat, they locate the place of memory, and the memory of place, in our need to look toward the future.

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 7:30pm

Ground Zero Coffee House
615 Child’s Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is FREE.

Related Event:  Performing Gender: A Workshop with Split Britches

Focusing on the performance of gender, Split Britches will lead a hands-on workshop designed to give participants the tools to create their own performance based on the ordinary details of our lives and the extraordinary fantasies of our imaginations.

Wednesday, September 7 at 3 p.m.

Doheny Memorial Library, Intellectual Commons, Room 233
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is FREE.

Reservations required. To RSVP, click on the links below.
USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.

Event organized by Jack Halberstam (English) and Macarena Gómez-Barris (Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity).

For further information on this event visit the Vision and Voices website.

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About Split Britches

Split Britches was founded 30 years ago by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin. Since 1980 we have transformed the landscape of queer performance with our vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performance. Split Britches creates new forms by exploiting old conventions. It borrows from classical texts and popular myths, but its true sources are the details of everyday life. The work is personal, bordering on the private. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics – feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone, and lesbian because it takes the presence of a lesbian on stage as a given.
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