Larry Bogad on Tactical Performance

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City Lights Bookstore
Arts, Literary


Larry Bogad explores creative protest in unique depth, looking at the possibilities for direct action and theatrical confrontation with powerful institutions. He combines theory and practice, illustrating the basic principles of artful activism in an absorbing, accessible manner. Bogad draws on his own experience as a writer, performer, and strategist working with groups such as the Yes Men, the Clown Army, Reclaim the Streets, and La Pocha Nostra, to share the most effective nonviolent tactics and theatrics.

Lawrence Bogad is an author, performer and the founder of the Center For Creative Activism. He writes, performs and strategizes with mischievous artists such as the Yes Men, Billionaires for Bush and La Pocha Nostra. He is a veteran of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Laboratory, and a co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. His produced plays have covered topics such as the Haymarket Square Riot, the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities, the Pinochet coup in Chile and global climate chaos. Professor Bogad’s book, Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements (Routledge, 2005) analyzes the international campaigns of performance artists who run for public office as a radical prank. That book, and his many articles on political performance, are used in college classes internationally. His next book, Tactical Performance: On the Theory and Practice of Serious Play, analyzes and critiques the use of guerrilla theatre/art for human and civil rights, and for social justice, labor and environmental campaigns. The British Academy and British Arts and Humanities Research Council funded his documentary, "Radical Ridicule: Serious Play and the Republican National Convention." His play, COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act, was published by PM Press in 2011.


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