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Note: This is show not from the current year being displayed. This show appeared in 2017 at The Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival

AMERICANA PSYCHOBABBLE

Theatre

Venue:The Newsroom, 5 - 11 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3AT
Phone: 0131 557 5830
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Downstairs Bar
AUG 3-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-27 at 19:30 (60 min)
 
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AMERICANA PSYCHOBABBLE
(or, my favorite way to die right now in this room)

Created & Performed by Alexandra Tatarsky

A delirious anti-narrative of American emptiness and doomsday discoveries -- part exorcism and part enema! With styrofoam wings, x-mas lights, and ketchup.

"Phyllis Diller meets Artaud!" (Fred Cisterna, BOMB critic)

“If Kellyanne Conway woke up from a coma after overdosing on sleeping pills and reading too much Gertrude Stein!” (Justin Cooper)

"Brecht... with a buttplug!" (Tobi Haslett, New Yorker critic)

"One of the sharpest commentaries on this election I've encountered (and I've waded through quite a few)!” (Eric Levitz, NY Mag)

“If you took all the run-off and sludge from the screaming industrial complex where they assemble the American dream and then molded it into a golem!” (Brad Wrenn, The Berserker Residents)

“When the political life of the country looks like an absurd circus, it is only appropriate for the clown to speak up. Tatarsky is the jester... on a rescue mission. Frightening and frightened, she somehow embodies both ends of the political spectrum making us understand a simple thing: there is no ‘us’ and ‘them.'” (Asya Danilova, Theasy)

"You will laugh in spite of your habitual tendency to keep yourself in the controlled consciousness that you call your Self, transcending Self you will be transported to the True Self State of Oneness with Hilarity to Serenity... you will also find me and many other lost souls finding them Selves too!” (my dad)

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AMERICANA PSYCHOBABBLE exists somewhere between irrational healing ceremony, sad clown song, dance in the abyss, and desperate diatribe to take back ecstatic nonsense as an act of resistance. It is an attempt to both exorcise and exercise our demons.

The show was born in response to a photograph of fingernails painted with the American flag -- and developed while performing absurdist stand-up and doing anti-Trump work across the US and Mexico in late 2016. All of these sweaty & troubling experiences deeply informed a piece that both questions and indulges in the healing possibilities of laughing at the grotesque. AMERICANA PSYCHOBABBLE tries to figure out how we can keep going with energy and humor even as we feel paralyzed by anxiety and despair.

Dramaturgy by Meryl Sands


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