My Fellow Americans
October 8,9, 15,16, 2009
Hamlin Park Field House
3035 North Hoyne, Chicago
My Fellow Americans, a new evening-length dance-theatre work, presented by Peter Carpenter Performance Project, explored the shifting identity of Ronald Reagan from the perspectives of the "special interest groups" that his rhetoric and policies consistently admonished.
Featuring performances by Carpenter, Lisa Gonzales, Suzy Grant, Atalee Judy and Donnell Williams, My Fellow Americans was a work of targeted, potent, and ultimately, devastating juxtapositions. At stake was a targeted historical revision designed to interrogate the discrepancy between Reagan's optimistic political speeches and the negating effects his policies had on the Americans who deviated from his conception of morality.
These juxtapositions were conceived in terms of madness: The madness of AIDS-induced dementia, the madness of Alzheimer's at the end of Reagan's life, the madness of the thousands of institutionalized Americans turned out onto the street to become the largest wave of homelessness since the Great Depression during Reagan's presidency, the madness of Cold War paranoia, and the madness of a thousand points of light.
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