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You Protest the War & You've Got 20 Minutes Tonight
One Man: No War No War No War No War!
A Crowd of Kids enters, watches the Man
who goes from chanting to ranting
Teacher (Crowd Leader): Look closely and listen up, kids. This is an antiwar protester.
1st Kid: Ancient History.
2nd Kid: Old School.
3rd Kid: Heavy.
The Crowd watches the Protester as he works himself into a lather, repeating: "No War!" in as many different ways and with as much passion, variety and commitment as he can muster, going on for as long as he can (even if he overlaps into the next several plays). When he stops to catch his breath, the Crowd of Kids walks away.
4 years ago this week, the War in Iraq began. 4 years ago this week, the Venice native Suzan-Lori Parks was in the midst of writing a play a day in what ended up being this year's 365 Days/365 Plays festival.
Reading the plays on paper, you can tell Parks had a statement to say and may as well been distracted mentally to write much. The theme of war is seen throughout all 7 plays in this weeks collection of 365, which has its closing tonight with two showings starting at 7:00 p.m.
If you've got the travel time and 20 minutes to spare tonight, do this. Do this before you go out to dinner. Do this before you have a drink at a club. Do this before you make it a Netflix night. Circle X Theatre's presentation definitely makes LAist's list of top 5 365 performances. The creativity of Circle X is A+. Not to be missed. Way too important.
Free, no reservations, ample parking. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 7pm, tonight (if you are a few late, there is a 2nd performance around 7:15/20 or you can watch it again which a few people did on Friday). 40 actors, 5 directors, 7 short plays + two of Parks' "constants"
More Pictures after the jump...