Out There 2014: Wunderbaum and LAPD: Hospital

Now in its 26th year, Out There is a month-long festival that offers experimental theater and groundbreaking performances from around the world, as well as workshops, talks, and other special activities. This year's event kicks off with a collaborative evening from Dutch collective Wunderbaum and the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). Health care, both in the Netherlands and the United States, is the topic at hand. Together, the troupes will weave soap-opera medical-drama clichés with real-life experiences recounted by professionals and patients, touching on issues raised by advocacy and reform groups. While the show is presented at a frenetic pace with bizarre visual and stylistic elements, the core topics brought up are real and relatable, and should leave audiences with some things to think and talk about over drinks after the show. Thursday night's performance offers an artists' meet-and-greet, talk, and drinks on the upper balcony of the theater afterward; Friday boasts a post-show Q&A; and on Saturday, museum tour guides will welcome discussion in the balcony bar. (Photo by Steve Gunther)
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 9. Continues through Jan. 11, 2014

 
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