The Wooster Group on Screen

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In conjunction with The Wooster Group/New York City Players performances of Early Plays on Feb 14–16 in the YBCA Forum, we present this three-part program of rare TWG films. Presented chronologically, this series offers a unique opportunity to look at three decades of performance by this always radical, always groundbreaking, and profoundly influential performance group led by director Elizabeth LeCompte. Sincere thanks to Clay Hapaz, archivist for The Wooster Group.


Rumstick Road
Feb 3, 2013 2:00pm
Screening Room
A work-in-progress reconstruction of the groundbreaking 1977 production. Rumstick Road was an attempt to understand Spalding Gray’s mother’s suicide using audio-taped conversations, family letters, dance, slides, and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy (the founder of Christian Science). The project aims to recreate that lost performance through archival materials such as Super 8 film, video footage, still photographs, and audio recordings. (1977, 75 min, digital)

Feb 10, 2013 2:00pm
Screening Room
A complete performance of the 1999 Obie-winning collision of Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights with Joseph Mawra's B-movie classic, Olga's House of Shame. (1999, 75 min, digital)

To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre)
Feb 17, 2013 2:00pm
Screening Room
The Wooster Group’s 2002 Obie-winning production of Paul Schmidt’s version of Racine’s Phèdre, set in a mobile modernist landscape of sliding Plexiglas panels, omnipresent monitors, hidden cameras, and badminton. (2002, 75 min, digital)


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
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  1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
    701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA