LOS ANGELES - New performance pieces by Keith Antar Mason, Ilya Pearlman and Danielle Brazell are among the highlights of the 2000/2001 season at Highways in Santa Monica. Brazell, just back from her first tour of Europe, will premiere Bloom on the West Coast (Feb. 2-10, 2001); Mason will unveil his new monologue In My Living Condition (Dec. 7-9, 2000); and Pearlman will explore Unhung (Jan. 12-20, 2001).
Pearlman is the creator of fierce and provocative, gender-bent theatre and video. Unhung asks the following questions: what makes you a boy? What makes you a girl?. Is it make-up and hair? Muscles and tattoos? "Trannyboy" Pearlman describes his show as "post-modern, deconstructionist cabaret."
Mason's solo show was created in response to the videotaped beatings of Rodney King, the acquittal of the LAPD in those beatings, and the ensuing L.A. insurrection on April 29, 1992. In My Living Condition poses questions about the place and condition of black men in the USA in the millennium.
Brazell's new work, co-created and directed by Tre Temperelli, is a cross pollinating journey through mind and body, symbolic actions, digital imagery and sound.
Highways is located at 1651 18th St. For tickets and information call (310) 315- 1459. - By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent