Kidnap the Bureaucrats

A man in a suit sits tied to a chair, his face hidden under a hood. Out of the shadows, a woman with knotted blond hair and dirty street clothes emerges. She silently circles the man, moving in slow, tight loops like a Predator drone fixing on its target. She stops. Behind them, a heavy black curtain hangs from the ceiling, presumably to protect the walls from splatter.

He’s a U.S. trade official, she’s a homegrown terrorist, and this is Ulysses’ Crewmen, a militant performance piece by Columbus, Ohio’s Ben Turk and his Insurgent Theatre group. For the past six months, the play, which critiques both Homer’s Odyssey and the American empire, has toured basements, bars, and other ad hoc venues. It even made a stop at September’s G-20 protests in Pittsburgh.

This Friday, Insurgent Theatre invades Miami’s radical clubhouse the Firefly, alongside bands Dracula and Amanda Gonzales. A $5 donation is required at the door. A fifth of all proceeds will benefit the Haiti relief efforts of the Jacmel Working Group.
Wed., April 14, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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