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Walk Like an Egyptian
written by Tamdhur Al-Aqeel
produced by The Vagrancy as part of 
BLOSSOMING 2020: the virtual edition
And Yet They Were Happy
inspired by the stories by Helen Phillips
writer & director

In an LA of the near future where water and food shortages are the norm, performance artist Miriam Louisa is hiding from the government in her parents’ garage. After the suspicious death of her father, and witnessing two strangers in the neighborhood stealing garbage, Miriam kidnaps both thieves only to discover they are part of a government program to steal DNA to plant at crime scenes. What follows between the prisoners and their captor becomes an argument over the role of the individual during a time of repression.

How do we grieve the things we've lost? Family, friends, objects, places? Inspired by Helen Phillips' magical vignettes, And Yet They Were Happy, is a theatrical experience exploring the fragmented stories of a family torn apart by a series of natural disasters.  Monsters, memories, and music shape the world(s) of this story space.  A collaboration between Rachel Park and Emma Zakes-Green, founder of The Outpost. 

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an experimental pseudo-documentary play
by Jessica Barrett Dennison
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The Last, Best Small Town 
written by John Guerra
presented by The Blank's Living Room Series


In this new play about family and addiction, Jessica Barrett Denison explores the opioid epidemic sweeping across the United States and its effects on small towns.  Darkly comedic and constantly surprising, upsTate premiered at the New American Theater in Los Angeles in August 2019. 

A modern day "Our Town" set in Southern California just before and throughout the financial crisis, this new play explores the dynamics of two families living next door to one another from 2005-2009.

Presented by The Blank's Living Room Series, a home for new plays by Los Angeles based playwrights.

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."

Muriel Rukeyser

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