“Eloquent revolutionaries . . . the performances are beautiful and beautifully orchestrated.” —L.A. Weekly
In 1968, the groundbreaking documentary Journey into Self revealed eight strangers as they underwent therapy in an attempt to “to discover the secret of being together,” during a time of civil unrest and American consciousness raising. Nearly four decades later, L.A.’s celebrated theater ensemble Poor Dog Group confronts Group Therapy, a new work of documentary theater that mirrors that film’s voyeuristic lens and delves into 16 hours of the Group’s actual transcribed therapy with a licensed professional. After more than a decade of creating theater together, the members of Poor Dog Group amplify their self-interrogation into an uncensored—sometimes funny, sometimes poignant—work of live art. Through chance operations, each performance of Group Therapy originates in a past encounter, then quickly spins into spontaneous reflections, real-time rerecordings and cinematic gestures. As the company members process their divorces, dependencies, privileges and vulnerabilities, they create a portrait of a generation’s hustle and, above all, what it is like to endure.
Funds provided by the James A. Doolittle Endowment.
Additional funds were provided by Murray Hidary in support of CAP UCLA’s Artists-in-Residence program.
Commissioned by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA and created as part of its Artists-in-Residence program, with additional residency support from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Headlands Center for the Arts. Group Therapy is a project of Creative Capital, produced in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice.