Paul Outlaw: BBC (Big Black Cockroach)
631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Thursday, June 20 at 8:30 PM 9:45 PM
Ends Jun 22, 2024
Writer and performer Paul Outlaw returns to REDCAT with a gripping work of experimental theater, inspired by classical European mythology, American comic books, current events, and Franz Kafka’s best known novella, Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis). A nightmarish satire, in which a right-wing American white woman wakes up in the body of a Black man, BBC (Big Black Cockroach) mixes a disorienting cocktail of historical violence and near-future visions. Innovative design elements, including projections and spatialized sound design built entirely from recordings of Outlaw’s voice and movements, echo the expanding identities within the protagonist, and the production’s indelible central image—a queer Black male body in stark isolation—becomes the vessel for America’s violent past, present, and future. Please note: BBC (Big Black Cockroach) contains mature content, loud sounds, bright flashing lights, graphic descriptions of violence, and nudity.
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