UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance presents

Plastic Bag Store logo over plastic bag backdrop

661 Imperial Street
June 30 – July 11, 2021

Conceived, written and directed by Robin Frohardt
Created in collaboration with the Puppetry Ensemble
Original Music by Freddi Price
Produced by Linda Brumbach, Robin Frohardt and Alisa E. Regas
Production Management Pomegranate Arts 


What is the Plastic Bag Store

What is the Plastic Bag Store?

The Plastic Bag Store is a public art installation and immersive film experience created by artist and director Robin Frohardt designed to take place in a retail storefront. Employing humor, puppetry and craft, Frohardt focuses a critical lens upon our culture of consumption and convenience — specifically, the enduring effects of our single-use plastics.

"The Plastic Bag Store is a visually rich, tactile and humorous experience that hopefully encourages a different way of thinking about the foreverness of plastic, the permanence of the disposable and that there is no ‘away’ when we throw something out. It is my attempt to make something authentic and human from that which is mass-produced. There is great humor to be found in the pitfalls of capitalism, and I find that humor and satire can be powerful tools for social criticism especially with issues that feel too sad and overwhelming to confront directly." —Artist Robin Frohardt

Inside The Plastic Bag Store installation, rotisserie chickens, dry goods and toiletries, cupcakes and sushi and popular products such as Yucky Shards cereal and Bagorade sports drink are among the thousands of hand sculpted items displayed on the store shelves — all made from discarded single-use plastics literally collected from the streets and garbage dumps. 

Sushi closeup made of plastic
Plastic Bag Store by night

Several times each day, the “store” transforms into an immersive, dynamic live experience in which film, performers and intricate handmade sets tell the darkly comedic, sometimes tender story of how the overabundance of plastic waste we leave behind might be misinterpreted by future generations.

Limited Space Unlimited Plastic!

Immersive Film Experience: (Duration 60 mins.)

Tue-Fri 1PM & 6PM
Sat & Sun 11AM, 3PM & 5PM
July 4: Closed
Advanced tickets are required for the live immersive experience.
Limited to 30 people per show so don’t wait to reserve your tickets.
Tickets: $35 general admission
$15 student (ages 12 and up with ID)
Recommended for Ages 12+ due to current health protocols

Tue-Fri 2:30PM-5PM (last entry 4:30 PM)
Sat & Sun 12:30PM-2PM (last entry 1:30 PM)
July 4: Closed
July 5: Special hours 12PM-7PM (last entry 6:30 PM)
Reservations for timed entry to the installation are required.
A maximum of 30 people will be allowed entry every half hour.
Tickets: Free with suggested donation of $10 per person.

Due to L.A. County Health Department requirements, capacity is limited and timed entry is required.

Don't forget your mask!

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Photo, interview and all other media requests should be directed to Geena@arts.ucla.edu.


Dig deeper into local and national environmental efforts with our Art in Action programs, both online and in our outdoor pop-up space. Or, make a day of it and check out the special activities with our partners in the area.

Stay tuned – we’ll continue to update this calendar as the details develop!

Film screenings at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Aquarium of the Pacific
Artists & Activists


Plastic Free July, take the challenge!


CAP UCLA’s presentation of The Plastic Bag Store has been made possible through the incredible commitment and support of individuals and organizations who are reimagining the world on behalf of all of us in it. CAP UCLA is grateful to everyone who conjoined our effort to bring this ambitious project to Los Angeles audiences.

Situating  The Plastic Bag Store in the vibrant Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles was due to the tireless effort and generosity of Yuval Bar-Zemer, who not only provided the venue but enlisted his team and associates into the effort. We simply could not have done this without Yuval, along with the critical and early support of Paul Solomon and the Len Hill Family Trust. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment at CAP UCLA provided seed funding in the early stages of imagining this project. And the Plastic Pollution Coalition has been an incredible partner, sharing expertise, ideas and connections that have deepened the impact of this project.

CAP UCLA gratefully acknowledges our supporters, partners and vital connectors whose energy, resources and knowledge have exponentially expanded the indelible imprint of Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store:

And finally, we wish to thank the artist Robin Frohardt, whose vision and fortitude brought all of us together through the act of making a seemingly impossible idea real.

The Broad Stage

Friends of LA River

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Aquarium of the Pacific

The Plastic Bag Store is commissioned by Times Square Arts with generous support provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional commissioning support has been provided by Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was developed with support from: MANA Contemporary, The Made in NY Women’s Film, TV & Theatre Fund by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts; Olson Kundig; The Jim Henson Foundation; and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). The Plastic Bag Store is a project of Creative Capital. The Plastic Bag Store film segments were commissioned by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance with additional support by the Adelaide Festival. Co-Produced by Robin Frohardt and Pomegranate Arts.

Pomegranate Arts
Times Square Arts

Your safety is our first priority. CAP UCLA and The Plastic Bag Store will require face coverings at all times within the installation and during the immersive experience even if local mandates change. 

Questions about other policies in place? We will update this site in accordance with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health.

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