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Dear Friends:

We’re excited to take USC students on a trip to the Kirk Douglas Theatre this week to see Young Jean Lee’s gripping and provocative new play, Straight White Men. Next week, RSVPs open for our first spring event: a fun and fascinating look back at the wild and wacky Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Read on for details!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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Straight White Men

 

 

Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company: Straight White Men
An Experience L.A. Event

Wednesday, December 2
Depart USC at 6:30 p.m.; return at 11 p.m.
Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. While advance reservations are full, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist. Tickets will also be available at the event check-in on a standby basis. Check-in opens at 5:45 p.m. at Gate 2.

“Lee’s fascinating play...goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man’s existential crisis.”—New York Times
Center Theatre Group presents Young Jean Lee’s gripping play Straight White Men. When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? Writer, director, and filmmaker Young Jean Lee has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. For more info and to sign up for the waitlist, click here.

 

 

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Pee-wee's Playhouse

 

 

I Know You Are But What Am I? The Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse
Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m.

 The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 108
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

On TV in the late 1980s, Saturday morning was a time “to go wacky.” After its origins in late-night comedy, Pee-wee’s Playhouse became a popular children’s TV show. Made by a team of cutting-edge artists, animators, designers, musicians, and performers, the show brought a madcap postmodern aesthetic to kids’ programming. There is, of course, much more to the Pee-wee story than most people knew at the time. Animator Ric Heitzman, cartoonist Gary Panter, and painter Wayne White will share highlights from their time collaborating on Pee-wee’s Playhouse and discuss this unique moment in pop-culture history, when the wildest fringes sat smack in the midst of the commercial mainstream.
Organized by Christine Panushka (Animation and Digital Arts) and Henry Jenkins (Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts).
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, December 8, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Pee-wee's Playhouse

 

 

Wonderwall Workshop
Led by the Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Friday, January 22, 1 to 4 p.m.
School of Cinematic Arts (SCB) 202
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Pee-wee’s Playhouse animator Ric Heitzman, cartoonist Gary Panter, and painter Wayne White will lead a hands-on workshop for participants.
USC Students - RSVP online beginning Tuesday, December 8, at 9 a.m.
USC Alumni and General Public - RSVP online beginning Thursday, January 7, at 9 a.m.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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