Press for BBC (Big Black Cockroach) at REDCAT

…gut-wrenching…Beautifully directed by Sara Lyons and enhanced by the severely stark and aggressive lighting by Chu-hsuan Chang, Outlaw confronts and exposes both white and black stereotypes, fears of “the other” and common racist statements made by people who think of themselves as non-racist or bigoted.” -LA Dance Chronicle

“The use of light set each new scene and the writing was superb…The power of this work is a see-for-yourself kind of experience. Paul Outlaw will challenge you and leave you stunned.” -Broadway World

“this challenging work impacted me the most of all the works in the festival this year…the power of BBC’s exploration of xenophobia, black virility, and gender confusion left me speechless and stunned.-Artillery Magazine [full article]

Brian Hashimoto photography

Brian Hashimoto photography

REDCAT NOW Festival 2019: BBC (Big Black Cockroach) by Paul Outlaw

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Inspired by Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis: a white, cis, heterosexual, Tr*mp-supporting American woman awakens to find herself transformed into what she considers a monstrous vermin—an African-American man. Directed by Sara Lyons, Paul Outlaw’s BBC (Big Black Cockroach) is an evocative, farcical live-action horror show about black virility, white fragility, gender confusion, internalized homophobia and misogyny.

with sound design by Jonathan Snipes and lighting design by Chu-Hsuan Chang

REDCAT - August 1-3, 2019 - tix & info

About the New Original Works Festival: REDCAT's Annual New Original Works Festival transforms REDCAT into a summer laboratory premiering new contemporary dance, theater, music and multimedia performances. This year's festival launches nine new works by Los Angeles emerging and mid-career artists who are re-defining the boundaries of contemporary performance to invent hybrid artistic disciplines, re-imagine traditions and confront urgent issues. Each of the three weekends features a triple bill of three premieres in a shared evening. Each program is premiered on Thursday evening and repeated Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 pm.


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Refest Los Angeles 2019
Exhibition: Salon @ NAVEL

Friday, March 15th - 6p-10p - FREE - NAVEL 1611 S Hope St LA CA 90015

Hosted by NAVEL, CultureHub LA’s Salon at Refest explores innovative strategies in participatory performance that serve as vehicle for social change. This pop-up exhibition at NAVEL's Downtown LA space showcases interactive installations, performances, and experiences by Los Angeles artists across disciplines as well as artists from CultureHub’s global community.

Participating Artists:
Adeline Ducker
Alex Rickett
Amanda Ho
Anshul Pendse
Caroline Yoo
Cordelia Istel
Dahn Gim
David Elliott
Eddo Stern
Elizabeth Leister
Emotional.Store (Bailey Hikawa + Scotty Wagner)
Gerard Delmàs
Hayeon Jo
Hsinyu Lin
Hye Jeoung Choi
Ingeborg Govaart
Jen Agosta
Ji Sun Park
Jon Haddock
John Brumley
Kristin McWharter
Lea Schönfelder
Lilyan Kris
Luna Jeong
Mengyu Chen
Mi You
Michal Sela-Amit
Miller Klitsner
Nick Crockett
Peter Mark + Scarlett Kim
Sara Lyons
Seung Yong Noh
Sieun Lee
Sofia Staab-Gulbenkian
Sol Namkung
Soeun Kim
Steven Amrhein
Steven Ha
Tyler Stefanich
Weidi Zhang
Xin Xin
Yeji Kim

Refest LA 2019 is free and open to the public.
*The exhibition will open at 6pm, but join us at any hour!
**Street parking is available.

Refest 2019
CultureHub's annual festival brings artists, activists, and technologists together to envision our role in re-shaping the future. Through exhibitions, performances, and conversations, Refest 2019 explores how we create, resist, and redefine gender within an evolving technological landscape.

www.culturehub.org/refest-2019
Join us for the rest of Refest LA 2019: bit.ly/refestla2019


Critical Forum with Sara Lyons @ PAM

January 23rd @ 8:30pm - PAM Residencies, 5810 1/2 N Figueroa St, LA CA 90042

Is there intimacy without power? In response to #MeToo narratives of so-called “grey areas” of consent, director Sara Lyons is creating a new participatory performance work that contends with the third space that emerges between two individuals during sex. As a starting point for a group discussion about the capabilities and limitations of making performances engaging these issues she asks: "How can we expect language--inherently patriarchal and intellectual in its form--to provide the necessary tools to achieve a pleasurable and just sexual experience?"
www.sara-lyons.com


Together Feel in Residence @ Automata

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Sara is currently in residence at Automata in Los Angeles with UNTITLED CONSENT PROJECT through Los Angeles Performance Practice/Automata’s D+R Residency initiative.

Is there intimacy without power? TOGETHER FEEL is a participatory, mixed reality performance project contending with so-called “grey areas” of consent and the foreignness of language in the face of immediate sensation and desire. What happens when we rely on language to hold that ephemeral third space between two individuals having sex? In a series of structured one-on-one analog and mediated interactions, performers and audience members will meet at intersections of mind and body, blindness and sight, me and you, and attempt to dance across these chasms. With material developed from found accounts of sexual experience and assault narratives, TOGETHER FEEL participants must contend with the impossible task of consent: mediating physical experiences through language. TOGETHER FEEL will deconstruct gendered problematics of one-on-one intimacy, perform the treacherous chasm between self and other, and ask what is at stake when our most vulnerable sensations must be mediated through language. TOGETHER FEEL seeks to expand the feminist cultural conversations about consent and lay the groundwork for new frameworks for sexual collaboration.

WORK IN PROGRESS SHOWING:

Sunday, Jan 13 @ 2:30pm // free // RSVP


I’m Very Into You presented by the Wattis Institute, San Francisco

Jeanne Gerrity / Wattis Institute

Jeanne Gerrity / Wattis Institute

I'm Very Into You

by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark / adapted and directed by Sara Lyons

Featuring a local cast of queer and feminist artists:

LYNN BREEDLOVE / IVY JEANNE / SILK WORM / SAIR GOETZ / JAVIER STELL-FRESQUEZ / LUNA IZPISUA RODRIGUEZ

Media Design Adam J. Thompson

Sound Design Aaron Landgraf

The Wattis Institute - San Francisco, CA - November 30th, 2018 - 6:30pm - FREE

more info here


The west coast premiere of Sylvan Oswald’s Vendetta Chrome

photo by Nardeep Khumi

photo by Nardeep Khumi

Coeurage Theatre Company presents:
Vendetta Chrome
By Sylvan Oswald
Directed by Sara Lyons

Lex Theatre - November 24th-December 15th

Vendetta, a late bloomer at a Victorian girls' school, must save her friends and her family from a legacy of trouble -- and it's all in the dance moves. In the West Coast premiere of Sylvan Oswald's melodrama-farce, spirited movement sequences by Milka Djordjevich (Anthem) meet today's feminist rage. Director Sara Lyons (I'm Very Into You) leads a female and nonbinary cast through the lightness and the darkness. Oswald's Vendetta Chrome is "a saucy spoof on the inane mannerisms of Victorian education for young ladies with a pointed message." (Variety)

Tickets on sale at: coeurage.org/buytickets / All tickets are Pay What You Want. 

Cast: Principals 
Diona Elise Burnett-Vendetta
Provvidenza Catalano-Algie
Katie Canavan-Gertie
Nicole Monet-Tallulah
Elena Murray-O’Connell
Marta Portillo-LaDonna
Tarina Pouncy-Ivory
Emily Price-MaryMaryAlice
Janet Song-Bosworth

Cast: Alternates
Kari Lee Cartwright
Leesa Kim
Marnina Schon
Roshni Shukla
Sammi Smith

Production Team:
Sara Lyons - Director
JR Bruce- Scenic Designer 
Azra King-Abadi-Lighting Designer 
Milka Djordjevich- Movement Director
Alexis Chaney- Costume Design
Joseph V. Calarco- Sound Designer
Rachel Shanblatt- Production Stage Manager
Evelyn Myers- Stage Manager
Elspeth Weingarten- Assistant Stage Manager 

About Coeurage:
Coeurage Theatre Company exists to make impassioned theatre accessible for all audiences through Pay What You Want admission and fresh, challenging productions.


I’m Very Into You presented by LAX Festival 2018

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I’m Very Into You by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark / adapted and directed by Sara Lyons

Featuring a cast of local Los Angeles underground queer and feminist artists:

GINA YOUNG / PAUL OUTLAW / JENNIFER JONASSEN / JER ADRIANNE LELLIOTT / PROVVIDENZA CATALANO / ROBIN PODOLSKY / YVES AGUSTIN ARMANDO / ELSPETH WEINGARTEN

Media Design Adam J. Thompson

Sound Design Aaron Landgraf

Stage Manager Aaron Saldaña

Assistant Director Shen Heckel

October 13, 14, 16, 18, & 21 @ Think Tank Gallery (Los Angeles)

tix & more info here


I'm Very Into You at OUTsider Fest in Austin, Feb 14-18

photo by Rolando Sepulveda II / OUTsider

photo by Rolando Sepulveda II / OUTsider

I'm Very Into You

by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark / adapted and directed by Sara Lyons

Featuring Ashley Clark, kt shorb, Mal Zook, Zachary G Henry, Sally Strecker, Donnesh Amrollah, Kimmothy Cole, Electra Mourning

Media Design Adam J. Thompson and Joseph Amodei

Sound Design Aaron Landgraf

Production Manager Laura J. Khalil

more info here


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Medea/Shulie

adapted and directed by Sara Lyons

with text by Euripides and Shulamith Firestone

Euripides' classic myth of Medea's murderous revenge collides with the work of the late American feminist activist and author Shulamith Firestone as five young women enact a contemporary ritual of women's rage.

11.29-12.2 / Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre / CMU School of Drama / Tickets