“Bogeyman” (1990), created and directed by Reza Abdoh, produced by Diane White (photo by Jan Deen, courtesy 356 Mission)

Nothing was off-limits for experimental director and playwright Reza Abdoh, the Iranian-born theatrical wunderkind who died of AIDS in 1995 at the age of 32. Working mostly between Los Angeles and New York, Abdoh built on the legacy of his avant-garde predecessors like Antonin Artaud, creating confrontational and transgressive post-modern productions that staged fearless, energetic performances within rough and ragged sets, combined with multi-media elements. These included both original productions and re-interpretations of classics like King Lear and Eurydice, set in abandoned warehouses or dilapidated hotels.

The feature-length documentary Reza Abdoh: Theatre Visionary, screening on Wednesday at 356 Mission and presented by Dirty Looks and Bidoun, offers an insider’s view of his singular talent, through archival footage and interviews with his friends and collaborators. Before the screening, the film’s director Adam Soch and members of his performance company, Dar A Luz, will discuss Abdoh’s legacy.

When: Wednesday, April 12 , 7pm
Where: 356 Mission (356 S. Mission Road, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)

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Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.