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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  • Wed 8 Jan at 7.30pm
    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 searing, seminal essay The White Album is a shifting literary mosaic. It takes readers from the Black Panther Trials to a troubled recording session with The Doors, to student sit-ins and strikes, and into the events that put an end to the hazy hopes of the Summer of Love: the Manson Murders.

Obie-winning actor Mia Barron delivers Didion’s highly theatrical text in full as a parallel performance unfolds behind her. 25 young audience members collaborate on a series of actions juxtaposing the social upheaval of the 1960s with present day injustice and institutional violence.

It’s a bold, genre-bending staging of The White Album’s entire text by experimental theatre director Lars Jan, founder of performance and art lab Early Morning Opera and acclaimed large-scale installation artist.

His epic, kinetic sculptural and installation works have exhibited in Times Square and at Art Basel Miami; their inventive use of space is reflected in The White Album’s versatile, modernist stage design by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Architecture, echoing Didion’s Los Angeles home.

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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