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Gawdafful National Theater


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Gawdafful National Theater


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Welcome to the website of Asher Hartman's Gawdafful National Theater,  a loose cabal of highly trained, strongly gifted actor-artists-insects committed to making complex, poetic, crass, and finely crafted theater. Learn about upcoming performances below, and read all about past Gawdafful productions, and meet members of the Gawdafful company.

 

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MR. AKITA at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel - March 3, 4, & 5, 2017

Mr. Akita is an abstract poetic and comedic dialogue written for painter and performance artist, Cliff Hengst and the op art painting Sunburn (Split) 1 by Emily Joyce. Hengst's magnetic portrayal of a comedian, hustler, and one-time painter gives voice to an understanding of the elusive nature of art making while Sunburn's aura returns a silent response.

Mr. Akita strains the complexities of the artist's role with regard to labor, class, desire, and to art institutions, issues splintered by the artist's internal struggle in a society still ambivalent about art. Yet the painting's delicate, hard-edged void attracts Hengst and draws him into memories of a relationship with a fallible, possibly malicious, teacher named Mr. Akita, a suspicious composite of the painter de Kooning and a dog.

Written and directed by Asher Hartman
Performed by Cliff Hengst 

3 SHOWS IN LOS ANGELES AT HAUSER WIRTH & SCHIMMEL
Friday, March 3, 2017  8pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017  8pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017  3pm
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here

Photo: Ian Byers-Gamber

 

MR. AKITA at The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive - April 13 & 15, 2017

2 SHOWS IN BERKELEY AT BAMPFA
Thursday, April 13, 2017 7pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017 3pm
Tickets go on sale April 1, 2017