Tuesday, July 27, 2010
at Prestige Parking Lot in Downtown LA at 201 S. Beaudry Avenue (at the corner of 2nd Street and Beaudry Avenue), Los Angeles, CA 90026.
Audiences should arrive no later than 8:45 pm. All audience members must bring their own cars (cars will not be provided). Tickets are free and by reservation only. To reserve tickets, please e-mail email@example.com .
Los Angeles, CA- In the spirit of experimental and nontraditional theater, comes The Car Show, a part theater, part drive-in movie, part car wash spectacle and part radio experiment and part radio experiment. The Car Show is presented by Thump Thump, an experimental event planning/production company created by writer/director Christopher Cole. The Car Show explores our ideas about communication through intimate dialogue between a teacher and his underage girlfriend. The audience becomes voyeurs as they watch and hear the performance from their cars. The Car Show will perform Monday-Friday, August 2-6, 2010 at 9pm at Prestige Parking Lot in Downtown LA at 201 S. Beaudry Avenue (at the corner of 2nd Street and Beaudry Avenue), Los Angeles, CA 90026. Audiences should arrive no later than 8:45 pm. Tickets are free and by reservation only. To reserve tickets, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
In The Car Show, we find Daron, a teacher in his 20s, and Geneva, his underage girlfriend, driving to his house to consummate their possible affair. Their communication tries to defy the realities of power, age, and taboo while the world closes in around them. The audience will experience the production from the comfort of their own car, while the plot unravels live in the parking lot and projected on screens throughout.
Dialogue will be transmitted through FM radio stations that the audience can tune in.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
So, first, smoke. Our lovely video artist Emily Auble's computer erupted into what could best be described as a "fizzle" last Sunday, smoking lightly... but enough to cause alarm. All our footage, the live feed patch, all seemed lost, and the whole show seemed in peril for a good five days! But, through the power of modern computer medicine, her computer has been brought back from the dead in something of a miraculous occurrence.
We have determined this is evidence that God both loves us and hates us. As it should be, really.
Second, Parking lots! We have a location for the show!!
Prestige Parking has given us the go ahead to use their lot on 2nd and Beaudry, right by the 110 downtown. Here's a drab google street map view of the wonder:
The location is ideal for many purposes-- you can see the show going on from the freeway!-- but the highlight for all involved is the taco stand that sets up on the corner. It brings people to the lot throughout the evening, and hopefully a few will be curious about the completely silent (there will only be silence for the first 3/4 outside of the cars) circle of cars and the projection on the wall. It also gives our patrons a place to snack if they are early or wish to linger.
Of course the best part about the stand is its unintentionally derrogatory name, as seen in the photo below:
We are guessing it should be pronounced "Kee""kay"'s? We are certain the owners have no intention of threatening or offending the more Semitic among us, just care little enough about the English connotations of the word to not worry about it. Only in Los Angeles, folks.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Like green screen, it has that otherworldly, oddly out of place feeling, same as you get green-screened car scenes from the movies. So static but so not static... basically a recipe for existential wonder.
Plus, our version has some interesting pecularities, like the pixelated edges... which just make it all the more fun.