CAP UCLA in association with Center Theatre Group presents
The White Album
by Joan Didion
Performance created by
Lars Jan/ Early Morning Opera
Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 8PM
Sat, Apr 6, 2019 at 3PM & 8PM
Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 7PM
Freud Playhouse

West Coast Premiere

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Joan Didion, The White Album

Lars Jan is a Los Angeles-based director, writer, visual artist and a former CAP UCLA Artist-in-Residence. His work has been commissioned by the Whitney Museum and presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival, Under the Radar, Sundance Film Festival, the Hammer Museum, the Kirk Douglas Theater and the PICA TBA Festival. 

His newest piece, The White Album is a multimedia performance that uses Joan Didion’s seminal essay to apply a uniquely inventive approach to the intersection between observation, storytelling, audience participation, choreography and architecture. Obie Award-winning actress Mia Barron delivers the essay in its entirety, while behind her a parallel performance unfolds. Separated, two audiences — one, large and seated; the other, small and mobile — experience different but resonant works simultaneously as they confront one another across generational and racial divides and varied perspectives, visually demonstrating stark similarities in the cultural dynamics of 1968 and now. 

The essay’s legendary first line — We tell ourselves stories in order to live — provokes the project’s double-edged embarkation, challenging us to look critically at the past and to define new paths forward. 

Parking Info for Freud Playhouse:

Parking Structure 3:

From Hilgard Ave. enter the east side of campus at Wyton Dr. Make an immediate right turn onto Charles E. Young Dr. East and continue North to Parking Structure 3. The entrance is located on the left, just after the stop sign at the intersection of Charles E. Young Dr. East & Charles E. young Dr. North (when heading North). Once inside PS3 you may encounter staff offering directional assistance to the lot’s Pay-By-Plate machines as well as the Freud Playhouse itself. Please note that payment for parking will be done either at the aforementioned Pay-by-Plate machines or via the Park Mobile app which can be downloaded via this link. While cash payments can be made at the Pay-By-Plate machines, they are not recommended.

Park Mobile:

Should you choose to make parking accommodations via the Park Mobile app please follow this link to download. The app requires a one-time setup process including account creation, the addition of a payment method and the addition of a vehicle. Once this has been completed, all parking payments for the future can be made via a few simple taps. The app interface functions as a map. In order to pay for parking simply tap on the icon paired with the structure you have parked in, select the amount of time you wish to purchase parking for and hit “Start Parking.” Park Mobile offers convenience in the elimination of lot attendants and the need to interact with a shared kiosk. Simply park and pay at your leisure.

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The White Album was commissioned by Center Theatre Group with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by BAM for the 2018 Next Wave Festival, by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, and by The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. The White Album received generous development support from CalArts Center for New Performance, Ethan Devine, Emma McMahon and Xander Duell, Eliza Coburn, Rebecca Gold Milikowsky, and the Shiva Foundation. With special thanks to Fariba Ghaffari, Mark E. Pollack Foundation and Jane Kaczmarek.

This performance is made possible by Joan Didion, Griffin Dunne, and ICM Partners.

Funds for this presentation provided by Deborah Irmas, Kathleen Quisenberry and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation multi-year grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. A component of the creative development of The White Album provided through CAP UCLA’s annual artist residency partnership with the Ucross Foundation.

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