Punk and lounge music are waging battle at a government-sponsored cocktail during Brat Productions’ Rock & Awe: Let’s Start a War. The results are an awesome EXPLOSION of music, theatre, rock and roll, and art. Choose your sides carefully. You never know who will reign supreme!
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This third installment of the Rock & Awe series takes place on Thursday March 29, Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31, from 10:00 PM to 11:30 PM, at the RUBA Club-Studios. Tickets are on sale now for only $12 each at bratproductions.ticketleap.com.
Using the punk rock satire of the Dead Kennedys as a jumping off point, Let’s Start a War immerses audiences in a grand, decadent, carnival-inspired world that scrutinizes politics and class warfare. This is a fictional, government-sponsored cocktail party where the rich are gross exaggerations of themselves and the kitchen staff are plotting a violent uprising. Think The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover meets 1984. When the have-nots rise against the grimy, slimy, grotesque surfeit of an upper class, everyone should take care that they pick the right side.
Jess Conda and director John Greenbaum create a musical palate that uses punk rock as an inspiration, but blends a diverse assortment of musical styles. Expect song selections from The Dead Kennedys, Fear, Iggy Pop, Billy Bragg, Tom Waits and more.
The Rock & Awe guerilla art-making cabaret series is the focus of Conda’s residency at BRAT Productions. She conceived and developed this quarterly cabaret series that seeks to blend the theatre world and the cabaret world, but with a rock and roll edge.These are narrative cabarets where the words of the songs function as the script.
“I’ve always been interested in punk music as a political satire, and I’m also interested in lounge music as it is so much fun to sing. In Let’s Start a War, I get to flex my cabaret muscle by punking out a lounge song, or tripping out a punk song in a lounge way,” said Conda.
Tickets are on sale now!
Let’s Start a War runs nightly, from 10:00 PM through 11:30 PM, on Thursday March 29, Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31, at the RUBA Club Studios, 416 Green Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Tickets are on sale now for $12 per person at Bratproductions.ticketleap.com.
Rock & Awe wraps up with the fourth installation on Thursday June 14, Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16 with Get Behind Me Satan, a romantic fantasia set to the White Stripes’ album of the same name. Details are available at bratproductions.ticketleap.com.
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