More Theater of the Oppressed events

Bill Koehnlein nyms1 at
Thu Apr 6 23:54:02 MDT 1995

The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory
122 West 27 Street, 10 floor
New York, New York 10001-6281
(212) 924-1858
(212) 741-4563 (fax)
nyms1 at (e-mail)
toplab at (e-mail)


The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory

a member of the Institute for Popular Education
at The Brecht Forum

presents two events


An Evening with Augusto Boal

- Forum Theater: A Theater of the Oppressed

- Saturday, May 20 at 7 pm ($10)

- at ACTWU Local 169-C, 33 West 14 Street, Manhattan

An innovative approach to public forums, Forum Theater is
rooted in the Brazilian popular education and culture
movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Presented with a
dramatic situation taken from daily life, audience
members are urged to intervene by stopping the action,
coming on stage to replace actors, and enacting their own
ideas. Thus, instead of remaining passive, the audience
becomes active "spect-actors" who now create alternative
solutions and control the dramatic action. In Brazil and
other parts of Latin America, Forum Theater has been used
with peasant and worker "audiences" as training in labor
and community organizing and participatory democracy.


Legislative Acts: Mother Courage Goes to Rio

- a discussion with Augusto Boal

- Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm ($10; includes wine and
cheese reception)

- at The Brecht Forum, 122 West 27 Street, 10 floor,

Augusto Boal was elected to the City Council of Rio de
Janeiro as a Workers' Party (PT) deputy in 1992. Once
installed in office, he adapted his theater techniques
for use in city politics, with some hilarious--and
sometimes rancorous--results. Members of the Center for
the Theater of the Oppressed have become Boal's City
Council staff, and have created fifteen companies of
players practicing "legislative theater" throughout the


No reservations necessary. For additional information,
contact the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, 122 West
27 Street, 10 floor, New York, New York 10001; (212)
924-1858; (212) 741-4563 (fax); <nyms1 at>
or <toplab at> (e-mail)

For information about intensive workshops with Augusto
Boal, to be held in New York City in May, contact TOPLAB
or consult the recent postings in alt.activism,, and other groups and lists.


Augusto Boal is a political activist and major innovator
of post-Brechtian theater. He served as Artistic Director
of the Arena Theater in Sao Paulo from 1956 to 1971. In
the 1970s, he came under attack by the Brazilian
government, resulting in his imprisonment, torture, and
subsequent exile. Boal has lectured, conducted workshops,
and mounted productions throughout North and South
America, Europe, and Africa, and has written a number of
books, including _Theater of the Oppressed_, _Games for
Actors and Non-Actors_, and _The Rainbow of Desire_. An
activist in the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT), he
presently resides in Rio de Janeiro. In 1992, he was
elected to the City Council of Rio, a post he still


The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, founded in 1990,
is a collective of educators, theater workers, and
activists who have extensively trained and collaborated
with Augusto Boal, and is a member of the Institute for
Popular Education at The Brecht Forum. The Laboratory
offers workshops and training intensives in the
techniques of the Theater of the Oppressed for community
and neighborhood associations, health and human service
groups, labor unions, professional and academic
societies, and other organizations, as well as for the
general public. The Laboratory also sponsors training
workshops led by Augusto Boal and has participated in
International Festivals of the Theater of the Oppressed
in Brazil and France.


We wish to thank The Brecht Forum and the Amalgamated
Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) Local 169-C
for the use of their auditoriums. These programs are
supported in part by the North Star Fund.


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