Valencia, CA--A new installation/performance work, Who Killed Whitey? by Peter Jensen, will premiere on Friday, November 7, 2008, at 8 p.m. at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Butler Building 2. Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, November 8 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are free and reservations may be made at eventbrite .
Who Killed Whitey? fuses vaudeville, minstrel shows and theater to explore American culture and society through the lenses of race, discrimination and stereotype. Through their interactions with the audience, the multicultural cast of Who Killed Whitey? attempts to solve the mystery of Whitey's death. Archetypal characters depict the dark undertones of American history that still linger in our culture.
Peter Parshall Jensen is a multi-disciplinary writer, performer, educator and an MFA candidate in the Writing for Performance Program at CalArts. Peter is co-founder of Project Por Amor, a cultural exchange between Cuban and U.S. artists. The author of Por Amor, which received a staged reading at CalArts last spring, he also wrote the award-winning science fiction play Vision's Tale. Current works in progress include Kenwood Wilderness, Seeking and St. James Inferno. Peter has created original theater productions with youth in Minneapolis, the San Francisco Bay Area, and most recently with the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program--where he co-teaches a playwriting class at Franklin High School in Highland Park. Who Killed Whitey? is Peter's first performance installation mystery.
Lars Jan is a director, media artist and artistic director of Early Morning Opera (earlymorningopera.com ), a multi-disciplinary art lab based in Los Angeles. His original performance and film works have appeared at The Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), Symphony Space (NYC), REDCAT (LA), the Venice Architectural Biennale, and the Philadelphia Live Arts and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. In 2005, he developed a number of public art projects in Afghanistan with the support of a grant from the U.S. State Department, and was a Fellow in Princeton University's Atelier program. Lars completed his MFA in Directing and Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts, supported by a Jack Kent Cooke Fellowship. He is the recipient of the 2008 Sherwood Award granted by Center Theatre Group.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.