"Here Now" An artists journey from Zimbabwe to America
- Performing & Visual Arts
- La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
the Joshua Walters
The Bipolar Superheroes
NPN (National Performance Network)
Reboot's National Day of Unplugging present:
With the rate of technological advance, the world is becoming a faster, a more connected, and a more chaotic place. We are at a pinnacle moment in human history in which we can know everything and have our voices felt everywhere, but at what cost? What if everyone in the world stopped using technology for one day? To feel the effect on our minds, emotions, and connection to the divine: UNPLUG!
Layering improv, music, and comedy, the Unplug! experience will transport the audience to different time periods over the course of three acts which explores the spectrum of technology throughout human history, and is accompanied by a live music ensemble. The first act starts in a time of alienation where the digital is all that is known. Next, the second act explores the turning point of the industrial age, when tools become tactics. Conclusively, the third act depicts a time before screens and electricity, where every night is filled with story and song.
At the core of the play, Unplug! expresses the message of creating and preserving time for family and connection with the community. In the spirit unplugging, the audience will be asked to mask their cell phone usage with an individual unplug bag. The phones will be used for one last Instagram picture, and everyone will then ditch the technology for the rest of the night.
Curious Bay Area residents will have a chance to get their questions answered about Unplug! in a twitter Q&A with Joshua Walters. Anyone who has a question should tweet to @joshuawalters, and use the hashtag, #unplug. Participants can tune in on Wednesday, Nov 5 @ 7pm to find out if their questions have been answered.
With the help of the National Performance Network and in partnership with Reboot's National Day of Unplugging, Joshua has set out to curate an interactive musical comedy experience, highlighting the benefits of disconnecting from our technological devices.
Unplug! is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by La Peña Cultural Center, The Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts and Media, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information:www.npnweb.org About Joshua Walters:
Joshua Walters of Madhouse Rhythm, (((JawVox))), and soon to be UnPlug, is a performer who explores language, creativity, beatboxing and madness. His solo shows are a mash-up of comedy, intimate reflection and unpredictable antics. He is a regular contributor to Snap Judgment a weekly storytelling radio show on NPR with TV broadcasts on PBS. Walters was one of three speakers selected from a pool of 600 applicants to perform a TED Talk, titled On Being Crazy Enough, exploring the Bipolar Spectrum.
Walters’ work is both YouTube sensation (1.2M+ views), and critical success (“a warped reflection of our very real foibles, in the funniest possible way.”-San Francisco Chronicle). For his latest solo work, “UnPlug!”, Walters collaborates with 2011 Alpert Award winner Marc Bamuthi Joseph to launch into the chaotic nirvana of a global day without technology. Part stand-up, part hip hop aria, the piece moves from brave new future to shamanic past with velocity, humor, and intelligent funk. His eclectic combination of performance disciplines and activity as an educator in mental health has given Walters a national platform and audience. Walters is a National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) State Speaker and in 2002, he co-founded the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Young Adults Chapter in San Francisco, one of the few support groups specifically for mentally ill young adults in the country.
Watch Dr. Jaw says: UnPlug
Also joining UnPlug!:
Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American, born in Oakland, California, Sammy Obeid is best known for his 1,001 day streak of consecutive comedy performances. It began on December 26th, 2010, and concluded on September 21st, 2013– four days after an appearance on TBS’s Conan. Breaking the old world record on Day 731, Sammy set the new one at 1,001 Arabian Nights of Comedy.Over the course of the streak, he appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and advanced to the Las Vegas round, and became the first comedian to perform on The Food Network. He was profiled in TIME Magazine, followed soon after by an article in the New York Times. His Album, Get Funny or Die Trying, was named a Best Comedy Album of 2013 by iTunes. Not slowed, Sammy has now embarked on a national college tour performing for hundreds of students a week.
Spencer is passionate about creating spaces where people feel balanced, alive, and connected to a bigger picture. He is guided by the jazz creativity expressed in nature and wishes to bring this freshness in a modern way into our human spaces. He is a graduate of Pomona College's Environmental Analysis program where he studied neuroscience, environmental design, and art.After finishing undergraduate studies in 2008, Spencer entered self-study of Integral Theory, consciousness, and body energetics, studying under Thomas Huebl, and practicing Shadow Yoga in Berkeley. He brings a grounded access to subtle energy and is able to help clients visualize key functions of a project and address systemic problems. He is also a strong leader and facilitator, able to communicate between different moving parts of a project including owners, consultants, designers, builders, and artists. Spencer oversees landscape installation and collaborates with builders in interior and architectural projects.
When not working with Revive, Spencer can be found making music and exploring the outdoors with friends.
Premium Seating $45.00
General $10 (until 11/15)
General $12 (11/15-11/21)
General $14 (on 11/22, before show)
$20 at the door on the day of the show