Richard Foreman in Conversation

Join legendary maestro of the theater, RICHARD FOREMAN, pioneering experimental filmmaker and teacher, KEN JACOBS, and playwright and essayist and theater/culture blogger, GEORGE HUNKA—to celebrate the publication of Richard Foreman’s latest two books:  The Manifestos and Essays (Theater Communications Group) and Plays with Films (the last three plays to be produced at the St. Mark’s Theater, magically brought to the page and published by Contra Mundum Press). 

Event date:

Monday, November 30, 2015 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address:

McNally Jackson Books

52 Prince St., NYC

 

 

Richard Foreman in Conversation

Foreman Review

“As with all of Foreman’s published work, this collection [Plays With Films] documents visceral, physical events. Fortunately, these events are well worth capturing for the written record. … The plays show a very experienced artist simultaneously staying innovative and true-to-himself. … In presenting these texts as written documents, Foreman sets us up for his difficult theater. These plays demand focus — lots of it — and we’re lucky for that. These are plays for people who believe they deserve good art instead of mere entertainment. Hopefully, the documentation will lead to new stagings of these plays, since the collection is a de facto template for other ambitious directors to pick up the work and make it their own.” — Justin Maxwell, Rain Taxi, No. 71 (fall 2013)

“Richard Foreman’s work gives a resonance and a disturbance not felt from any other company. [He is] a pioneer in end-of-millennium controlled chaos.” — David Bowie

For more info on the book

Foreman Review

Against a culture of stupefaction

Against a narcotic culture whose primary desire is stupefaction

Andrea Scrima talks to Rainer J. Hanshe, founder of Contra Mundum Press

The Brooklyn Rail, Dec/Jan 2012-13

“Often, typically before disasters or in the midst of excruciating crises, many artists believe or feel that their work is meaningless and without value. Who is an artist before a surgeon or scientist? But the fact that tyrants and political regimes of every age have been threatened by art again and again, condemned it as degenerate or poisonous, and have silenced, brutalized, or murdered artists because of their work (and it is happening in our own time) only serves to illustrate how significant art is, that it is our one greatest power — the unique power of the individual, the singular force of the marginalized, and therefore, a political force. I would even go so far as to say that the ‘enemy’ of art experiences it more acutely than its devotee or acolyte, for the latter is generally too ‘pious’ and adoring, whereas art’s ‘enemy’ suffers its transformative threat more, is even endangered by it, hence their terror. It is the Platonic fear of art’s power over the ‘soul.’ And the fear of the destruction of the polis, but destruction only leads to new creations, to mutations that take us into new territory. What we have here is something inordinately potent — art is a life force, the vital breath that sustains us in the midst of our most excruciating trials. It is the powerless individual’s animating energy.”

Read the full interview here: against a culture of stupefaction.

Against a culture of stupefaction