Joan Didion's The White Album
LARS JAN AND EARLY MORNING OPERA | USA
AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE
8–12 JANUARY Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay $69–$109 + BF 120 MINS
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    Thu 9 Jan at 7.30pm
    Fri 10 Jan at 7.30pm
    Sat 11 Jan at 2.00pm
    Sat 11 Jan at 7.30pm
    Sun 12 Jan at 2.00pm

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Joan Didion's The White Album
LARS JAN AND EARLY MORNING OPERA | USA
AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE

First published in 1979, Joan Didion’s landmark work of New Journalism The White Album was “an extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960s in America… brilliantly interweav[ing] her own ‘bad dreams’ with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s counterculture.

"From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder Huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight.”

Institutional racism, disaffected youth, an anxiety-ridden populace and a puffed-up, over-privileged celebrity dominating American politics – sound familiar?

Lars Jan’s new staging of the essay juxtaposes Obie-winning actor Mia Barron reading Didion’s highly theatrical text against a “play within a play” that happens onstage behind her, giving action to Didion’s words and making comparison between the ’60s social collapse described in the essay and the living nightmare of present-day injustice and violence.

Jan expands Didion’s piercing and jaundiced observations of her world and her own mind into a brilliantly theatrical phantasmagoria of voices, attitudes, dreams and nightmares.

★★★★ "[It] preserves the original text in its entirety [but] adds an improbable dose of boisterous energy to her doom-laden reminiscences…obliquely portray[ing] a nation that is still struggling to put itself back together" – The Financial Times

"A multilayered production that radiated with a light hallucinatory touch" – The LA Times

"This elegant literary mosaic bears witness, in both its form and content, to the breakdown of the prevailing postwar American narrative" – The LA Times (on essay The White Album)

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Warning - This performance contains strobe lighting, theatrical fog and portrayals of gun violence

Cast and Credits
Performance created by Lars Jan / Early Morning Opera
Performed by and created with Mia Barron
With performances by Brittany Engel-Adams, Brad Culver, Stephanie Regina, Andrew Schneider, Micaela Taylor, Sharon Udoh
and Madeline Barasch
Director: Lars Jan
Choreography: Stephanie Zaletel
Dramaturgy: David Bruin
Produced with Miranda Wright + Los Angeles Performance Practice
Architectural Design: P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Architecture
Lighting Design: Chu-hsuan Chang and Andrew Schneider
Sound and Music: Jonathan Snipes
Costume Design: Kate Fry
Associate Director: Madeline Barasch
Technical Director: Michaelangelo DeSerio
Production Manager: Sarah Peterson
Stage Manager: Amanda Eno
Company Manager: Marisa Blankier
Special Effects: Steve Tolin / TolinFX
Scenic Fabrication: Stereobot, Inc.
Design Consultant: Shannon Scrofano

The White Album was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, Wexner Center for the Arts, and BAM for the 2018 Next Wave Festival.

The White Album premiered at Pittsburgh's International Festival of Firsts in October 2018.
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8–12 JANUARY
$69–$109 + BF
120 MINS
"Utterly brilliant, relatable, and knows how to pull you deep into the murky waters of what Didion herself was grasping to understand"
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