February 10, 2017: “I’m beside myself. I’m beside myself,” mutters an anxious and excited Jill Johnston at the beginning of The Town Hall Affair, the very timely and time-bending new mixed-media piece that’s churning up decades of sexual discontent at the Performing Garage in SoHo. Johnston (reincarnated by Kate Valk), the poetic polemicist whose works included Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution, sure isn’t alone in feeling that way. This, after all, is a production from the Wooster Group, those downtown masters of deconstruction and detonation whose perspective-muddling shows have a way of expanding the view of who and where we are. And The Town Hall Affair — which recreates one explosive night of public debate in Manhattan in 1971 — splits some very well-known identities by means theatrical and cinematic, so a number of real-life literary figures are literally beside themselves.READ THE REVIEW
The Town Hall Affair OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS
- Opening Night:
- February 4, 2017
- March 4, 2017
Theater: The Performing Garage / 33 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013Synopsis:BUY TICKETS BUY GROUP TICKETS
The Town Hall Affair delves into the revolutionary fervor of feminist thinking and art “happenings” in 1970s New York. The piece is based on the Hegedus & Pennebaker film Town Bloody Hall which documents a panel held at Town Hall in 1971. The panel featured feminist thinkers and activists – including Jacqueline Ceballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling – with Norman Mailer serving as moderator.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Town Hall Affair