Coming Soon

September 26th - October 5th, 2014
Fridays through Sundays at Automata

Fugitive Time
Concieved and Directed by Janie Geiser
Developed with the Ensemble

Conceived/Directed by Janie Geiser, and developed with an ensemble of Los Angeles performers and designers, FUGITIVE TIME is a multidisciplinary performance inspired by the dual histories of illness and health in early 20th Century Los Angeles. FUGITIVE TIME centers on the life of a fictitious 1930's tuberculosis patient, who travels to Los Angeles to seek the prevailing cure:fresh air and sunshine in a hilltop sanitorium. Fugitive Time merges puppetry, miniature landscapes, film, live-feed video, and music/sound to create an immersive, elliptical meditation on the body, illness, nature, and time.

FUGITIVE TIME continues and expands Geiser’s interest in the intersection of formal artifice and real issues and emotions, as well as in the immersive state evoked by the intersection of puppetry and video. Archival elements in the video--photographs, ephemera, and found films---assert a sense of time, specificity, and and emotional context as part of a larger elliptical structure. FUGITIVE TIME explores the latent power of images, puppets, and actions to evoke emotional narratives that somehow speak to the present moment, even if through the lens of the past.

Baxley Andresen
Moira MacDonald
Luis Tentindo
Erin O’Donnell
Minjung Kim
Molly Allis
Jocelyn Reyes

Vincent Richards, Scene Design
David Moyer, Costume Design
Felicia Rose, Associate Costume Designer SuHyun Cho, Video Design
Cassia Streb, Sound Design
John Eagle, Associate Sound Designer
Chu-Hsuan Chang, Lighting Design
Janie Geiser, Puppet Design, Animation

Cameron Squire, Production Manager
Miranda Wright, Producer

FUGITIVE TIME is a project of Automata, in collaboration with Los Angeles Performance Practice. The production is a Co-Commission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and First Works/Providence, with additional funding from The Center for Cultural Innovation and from individual donors to our Hatchfund campaign. Special thanks to Cinelease for their support of Fugitive Time.

$20 General Admission
$17 Members, Students, Seniors

Seating is Limited; Advance Reservations Suggested.



July-October, 2014

Susan Simpson performs:

Augustine September: Artist in Residence

At the Automata Kiosk at the Far East Plaza

Augustine September will be Automata's micro-resident artist throughout the remainder of the summer. Because she is small in stature we are able to offer her a complete live/work space in Kiosk #7. September will be sharing her unique work process with the community during posted hours.

Augustine September is a painter, writer and multimedia performer. Her practice encompasses costume creation, dance and small-scale paintings done as a medium for personal communication with individual audience members. During her residency, Augustine September is developing an epic narrative around an embattled menagerie of animal, human and supernatural beings who inhabit a small volcanic island. She will both embody these creatures as well as depicting them through drawings and painting (see paintings below).

Upcoming Performances Dates:

Friday, September 26th, 12 - 2pm
Saturday, September 27th, 8:30pm - 10:30pm

*These performances are ambient. Come anytime during the open hours.

ALSO, Augustine is accepting objects and materials to re-purpose for the costumes and props for her performances. Consider bringing her an offering.

The Far East Plaza (727 N. Broadway) runs in between Hill and Broadway on the South end of Chinatown. Automata's Kiosk lies right outside Chego and Scoops!


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