POSTPONED: Coffeehouse Chronicles #158: Penny Arcade


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Curated by Michal Gamily

Coffeehouse Chronicles returns to celebrate Penny Arcade with panelists, live performances and archival materials!

Moderated by Sarah Schulman

Panelists :
Agosto Machado, Tony Zannetta, Bina Sharif, Jennifer Belle, Steve Zehentner, Mark Russell, Lori E Seid


About the Artists

Penny Arcade aka Susana Carmen Ventura, the child of working class Italian immigrants, debuted in 1968 at 18 with John Vaccaro’s explosive Play-House of the Ridiculous, the seminal, rock and roll, queer, glitter/glam, political theater that influenced everything from Hair to Punk to Bowie and beyond. She became a Warhol Superstar at 19 and was featured in the 1972 Warhol/Morrissey comedy, Women in Revolt, after she was discovered by Andy Warhol at La MaMa in 1969. She is the author of 16 full length works and hundreds of solo performance pieces, she is a rare independent artist who has created a career of over 50 years, and has contributed to the cutting edge of new art forms in every decade since the 1960’s.
A highly influential performance and experimental theatre artist , known for creative risk taking, her magnetic stage presence has brought her international renown. Her compassionate yet unflinching honesty has influenced generations of artists all over the world, making her an icon of artistic resistance. Known for her highly quotable writing, her text based work is based on her poetic practice and has always focused on the other and the outsider, on individuality and authenticity. Her focus on community building as the goal of performance and performance as a transformative act marks her as an original on the world stage. Since 1992 she has collaborated with former architect, video producer Steve Zehentner, in all her theatre work.
Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter and AIDS historian.
A former architect, Steve Zehentner is a filmmaker, theater designer/director and archivist based in New York City. Since 1992, he has collaborated with Penny Arcade on dozens of shows in over 45 cities around the world. With Penny, he is co-founder of the Lower East Side Biography Project, a video oral history documentary project that works to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention that built the Lower East Side’s reputation as an incubator for authenticity, rebellion and iconoclasm. An independent video producer, his films has been broadcast on PBS and is in the collections of many museums. He is a recipient of an Aurora Film & Video Award, Herald Angel, Fringe First, NYSCA grants and MacDowell, Bogliasco, Orchard Project Fellowships.