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Mixing Camp and Classical Myth in a Play About War and Repression

Sorry, Atlantis: Eden’s Achin’ Organ Seeks Revenge fuses classical mythology, slapstick comedy, and 1930s cartoons to tell a timely story about war, race, power, and sexual repression.

Philip Littell and Paul Outlaw in Sorry, Atlantis: Eden’s Achin’ Organ Seeks Revenge (photo by Ian Byers-Gamber)

Calling Asher Hartman’s theatrical works “plays” is like calling Joyce’s Ulysses a novel. Technically it’s correct, but they are so much more expansive than is implied by those limited terms. Drawing on sources as diverse as Greek drama, Shakespeare, slapstick, camp, and sometimes puppetry, Hartman’s performances are richly layered, totally absurd, and wholly original. His latest piece, Sorry, Atlantis: Eden’s Achin’ Organ Seeks Revenge, is no different.

Inspired in part by classical mythology and cartoons of the 1930s, Hartman was moved to create a comedy about such timely themes as war, race, power, and sexual repression. “The play is meant to be funny, raunchy, and stupid, yet supported by a complex text,” Hartman told Hyperallergic via email. The adults-only performance has two levels of seating: $20 for general admission, and $40 for the coveted “Apex Bitch Balcony Seating,” which provides an optimal viewing spot accessible only via ladder.

When: September 21–November 19, Thursday–Sunday, 8:30pm nightly ($20–40)
Where: Machine Project (1200 D North Alvarado, Echo Park, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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