Moira Lael MacDonald
MARGERY AND YOU
An Illuminated Lecture with Song
With Additional Vocals by Argenta Walther and Erin Barnes
Margery and You, an Illuminated Lecture with Song, is a multimedia presentation on the life of Margery Kempe, a medieval mystic and the author of what is considered to be the first autobiography written in English (circa 1436.) Chronicling her life experience, The Book of Margery Kempe depicts the madness following the birth of her first child, her several attempts to run her own business, and her many pilgrimages to distant lands. Conceived and performed by the incomparable Moira Lael MacDonald, Margery and You is a meditation on Margery’s life and her struggle to follow a spiritual path. Drawing on the centuries old forms of Picture Performance and the Illustrated Lecture, Margery and You is also a chronicle of MacDonald's obsession with The Book of Margery Kempe, and issues of autobiography and the depiction of the self; the mystical journey, and the thin line between reportage and myth.
Margery and You features live vocal performances of early American shape note singing, as well as songs written by Hildegarde von Bingen and Morrissey. A life-sized Margery puppet will be on display in the space, as well as a diorama of the medieval town of Bishop’s Lynn, where Margery Kempe was born. Following the performance, we invite you to stay for a a question and answer session with the artists.
Moira Lael MacDonald is a multidisciplinary theater artist and filmmaker. Iterations of the Margery cycle have been mounted at CalArts and Redcat, directed by Deena Selenow and Julianne Just, respectively. Other work includes The Life of the Bee, an adaptation of the book by Maurice Maeterlinck, and Letter from the Bees. Her short hand-processed film, The Visible Woman, was screened at Concord Space in LA, in the show Heavenly Directives. Moira holds an MFA in Puppetry and Integrated Media from CalArts, and a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska.
Showtime: 8pm each night
$15 General Admission
$12 Members/Students Seniors
Seating is Limited; Advance Reservations Suggested.
December 12th - 23rd
Automata and SparkleBlob presents:
SparkleBlob's Doublewide Roadside Holiday Snowflake Show!
Join Silverlake's most well-adjusted family as they spend their holiday vacation in the rustic, arid climate of the California desert, where the tumbleweeds tumble, and murmurs on the wind blow cool wind through your hair. Young Judy Haversham would love to be just about anywhere else, and is not in the mood for a journey built of a curious mixture of reality and imagination, which is, of course, just fine.
SparkleBlob's 6th annual Holiday Puppet Show delivers expressly to you a hilarious and somewhat existential musical excursion through time and space that will warm your heart into happy holiday goop! The show will once again include before and after rides on the famed 'trike' plus delicious pre and after show treats and libations for sale and even reproductions of this year's beauteous puppet design paintings for purchase, as well.
Written by Julianna (JP) Parr and Shannon Gallagher
Directed by JP
Music by:The DingleBell Hollies (a live band!),
Surprises galore! Don't miss the fun--adults and kids alike will love the show!
Here is what KCRW had to say about last years show:
"It’s not easy finding holiday entertainment that both kids and adults can agree on. But here’s an idea: a bizarre puppet show featuring an ice-skating dinosaur, telenovelas, a disco dreidel, and the L.A. River." READ MORE
Dates and Times:
OPENING NIGHT-- THURS Dec.12th --8pm
FRI Dec. 13th-- 8pm
SAT Dec. 14th -- 7pm and 9pm
SUN Dec. 15th -- 2pm and 7pm
THURS Dec. 19th -- 8pm
FRI Dec. 20st -- 8pm
SAT Dec. 21st-- 7pm and 9pm
SUN Dec. 23rd-- 2pm and 7pm
General Admission: $15.00
Automata Members: $12
Under 3: FREE**
PURCHASE TICKETS ** Sunday matinees are children & family friendly! (To tell you the truth, ALL of our shows are family friendly, but Sparkleblob can be a bit sassier at night. Nothing dirty or naughty, just sassy... like Bullwinkle or the Johnny Carson Show.)
Special thanks to the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Durfee Foundation,The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Metabolic Studio, and The MAP fund