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Karen Finley

KAREN FINLEY

  (1956 - )

Nationality:    USA
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below is a list of Karen Finley's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        American Chestnut, The         Constant State Of Desire, The         Family That Never Was, The         Jackie Look, The         Make Love         Modern Prayers         Quotes From A Hysterical Female         Shut Up And Love Me!         theory Of Total Blame         Wake Up!         We Keep Our Victims Ready         Written in Sand



American Chestnut, The

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Constant State Of Desire, The

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Family That Never Was, The

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Jackie Look, The

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This is from the press release: "In the Jackie Look, Karen Finley brings icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis back to life in this unique look at history, style, trauma, femininity and the demands of being the First Lady. Using the structure of a lecture set in the present day, Jackie, one of the most photographed women of her day, contemplates her life in pictures. Jackie also makes use of YouTube and views online homages to her and her family. along the way Jackie ruminates on Michelle Obama, Marilyn Monroe, Caroline's run for Senate, the art world, Michael Jackson, and the lasting impact of that fateful day on the grassy knoll in Dallas."
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Laurie Beechman Theater, NY    06 Feb 2010

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Make Love

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Described as a "cabaret-driven, lounge-style act," the cast includes Finley, drag performer Chris Tanner, pianist Lance Cruce, and a rotating roster of Liza Minnelli impersonators. the following description is from the press release: "In Make Love, Finley channels Liza Minnelli in song, dance, glamour, and glitter. Liza's tragicomic life is the backdrop as one New Yorker grasps to make sense of post-9/11 America. the 'Divaness' of Liza as an icon and symbol of New York becomes the place to throw pathos, hilarity, mockery, and taboos.

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Modern Prayers

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Quotes From A Hysterical Female

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Shut Up And Love Me!

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Nctc, San Francisco    May 1999

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theory Of Total Blame

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Contained in: "Beyond Naturalism" published by Greenwood Press 1988   -

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Wake Up!

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Wake Up! is an evening of two thematically related companion pieces. the first half is 'the Dreams of Laura Bush', an illustrated dream journal of America's First Lady. Mrs. Bush's dreams alternate between the profound and the mundane and feature a cast of international celebs and politicians. Drawings (also by Finley) are projected as a backdrop as the dreams unfold. the 2nd half is 'the Passion of Terri Schiavo'. Here, a live action ink painting becomes the abstracted soul projection of a culture obsessed with one woman's right to die yet at the same time at war. In this work, an oppositional narrative gives voice to both pro and con, family, stranger and society at large
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Lafayette Street Theatre, NY    2007

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We Keep Our Victims Ready

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Written in Sand

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Seminal American performance artist Karen Finley makes a rare UK appearance with an elegiac anthology of spoken-word pieces that confronts the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York. Drawn from texts, letters and poetry compiled by the artist between 1983 and 1994, Written in Sand is a personal testimony recalling a time in which loss, indifference and cruelty came to define the lives of people with AIDS, their friends and families. Interjecting her narrative with improvised wit, Finley is accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Paul Nebenzahl. Covering themes of neglect to social exclusion, she embodies the period's collective trauma and grief yet somehow leaves audiences feeling 'more exhilarated than defeated' (Villager, USA).

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