We are excited to bring you the next episode of our weekly talk show, “Animal Farm: Conversations on Theater and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests.” This week Steven talks with Michael A. Shepperd, the Artistic Director of Celebration Theater, one of LA’s preeminent LQBQT theaters and a thoroughly delightful man. Please watch and share the link with your friends—and remember, we are always looking for suggested guests, themes, questions, and your videos of your favorite animal friends. Go to website and click on the “Animal Farm” link and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Here is the link for this week’s episode:
A Collage from Garbage, The City, and Death by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
We’re also happy to continue our ongoing “City Garage Classics” series with a real vintage classic from the old space in 1997: Garbage, the City, and Death by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It was the last play written by Fassbinder and tells the story of Romi, a beautiful prostitute and the Jewish real estate speculator who falls in love with her. The play was banned in Germany in 1975 because it was accused of reproducing anti-semitic stereotypes. In fact, Fassbinder was using a victim’s revenge to, as fellow German playwright Heiner Muller put it, “describe the devastation of a city in huge, harsh images. The city is Frankfurt. The means of revenge is real estate speculation and its consequences.” Fassbinder portrayed the anti-semitism that he felt was still rife throughout German society, despite hypocritical posturing and pious condemnations of the country’s Nazi past. Consistently a defender and advocate for marginalized populations, the reactions the play evoked, particularly from the left, seemed to bear out Fassbinder’s judgment.
It will be showing on our City Garage YouTube channel from 8:00pm this Friday, December 11th, through noon on Friday, December 18th.
It’s free to view but we ask people to make a donation if they can through our Chuffed page
Merci to our donor of this week:
And thank you again to all of you who continue to support us during this difficult time. We hope to see you again at the theatre!
Merci, stay safe, and wear a mask,