Karen Finley Goes After Dubya and Stewart in George & Martha at New NYC Space

News   Karen Finley Goes After Dubya and Stewart in George & Martha at New NYC Space
Karen Finley teams with fellow performance artist Neil Medlin on George & Martha, satirizing George Bush and Martha Stewart, among others, to inaugurate the new Collective: Unconscious theater complex in Tribeca, Sept. 10.

The co-production between Collective: Unconscious and P.S. 122 opens Sept. 17 for a run through Oct. 30 at the downtown New York locale.

With the title taking its cue from the stage characters in Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the new work is billed as a "broad two-character political satire combines the real-life antics of George Dubya and Martha Stewart... (and a touch of George and Martha Washington)."

George & Martha sets its scene at a New York City hotel room during the Republican Convention where a secret rendezvous occurs between the headliners as their bemoan their legal and political woes. Among the evening's highlights: "Bin Laden hides in Bush’s bowels. Martha creates invisible nose hair scissors. Bush relapses into a coke binge and Martha flies into a rage over having to drink from a plastic glass," according to a release.

"George & Martha uses dark humor to explore the collision of politics, power, and fame. Bush and Stewart are examples of society’s ‘lucky ones,’ yet they still have unmet needs," states Finley about the work. "Their inner turmoil gives us a glimpse to our own neurotic needs. George & Martha gives a symbolic meaning to pathological destruction and behavior."

Two-time Obie Award winner Finley has performed her works Shut Up and Love Me, Make Love, The American Chestnut, A Certain Level of Denial and The Return of the Chocolate Smeared Woman internationally. Other works to see the stage include The Distribution of Empathy and We Keep Our Victims Ready — the infamous show which caused the NEA to revoke its grant to Finley. For tickets to George & Martha at Collective: Unconscious, 279 Church Street (at White Street), call (212) 352-0255. For more information, visit Collective: Unconscious at www.weird.org.

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