Offending The Audience is an “anti-play” that was written in 1966 by the Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke. This 45-minute lecture about theater must, by necessity, take place in a theater while attempting to be as un-theatrical as possible. In this particular adaptation, seven children between the ages of six and twelve remove the audience from the artificiality of a critical discourse of artifice by introducing real play into a play that, for all of its avant-garde seminality is, to a contemporary ear, far too self-conscious to be listened to. The childrens’ lack of pretense allows the audience to experience the piece empathetically. This fresh take on Handke by no means resembles a conventional children's play. Rather, it is a conceptual gesture that is staged in a conventional theater.

Presented at the Velslavasay Panorama Theater in Los Angeles in March 2011.

With: Zane Amundsen, Amber Barbell, Mathew Davis, Bailey Garcia, Kaitlin Morgan, Gerald Orzikh & Talyan Wright

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