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The Wooster Group’s piece THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR is based on Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s film Town Bloody Hall, which documents a raucous 1971 debate on Women’s Liberation held at Town Hall in New York City. The debate participants included a panel of writers, provocateurs, and thinkers: cultural critic Diana Trilling, feminist author Germaine Greer, lesbian journalist Jill Johnston, and Norman Mailer acting as immoderate moderator.

In THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR the Group both re-inhabits the original film and derails it, redirecting Mailer’s pugnacious propensities onto himself and spinning out into Jill Johnston’s vision of a radical future.

THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR features performances by Group members & associates Ari Fliakos, Greg Mehrten, Erin Mullin, Scott Shepherd, Maura Tierney (New York & Los Angeles), Lucy Taylor (San Francisco), and Kate Valk, and is directed by Elizabeth LeCompte.

Photo by Zbigniew Bzymek

Upcoming Performances


Barbican Centre
June 21 – 24, 2018
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Production Credits

Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
Based on the film Town Bloody Hall, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

With Enver Chakartash, Ari Fliakos, Mia Fliakos, Greg Mehrten, Gareth Hobbs, Erin Mullin, Scott Shepherd, Maura Tierney (New York & Los Angeles 2017), Lucy Taylor (San Francisco 2017), and Kate Valk

Lighting: Jennifer Tipton and Ryan Seelig
Sound: Eric Sluyter, Gareth Hobbs
Video and Projections: Robert Wuss
Additional Video: Zbigniew Bzymek
Assistant Directors: Enver Chakartash, Matthew Dipple
Costumes: Enver Chakartash
Stage Manager: Erin Mullin
Technical Directors: Eric Dyer, Joseph Silovsky
Production Manager: Bona Lee
Video DAILIES: Zbigniew Bzymek

Special thanks to Wendy vanden Heuvel

This piece was made possible by support from piece by piece productions and the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works program, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.



Production History

2015 June 9-July 1: Rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2016 January 5-21: Rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2016 March 6-May 10: Rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2016 May 11-27: Advance showings at The Performing Garage
2016 September 12-14: Rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2016 September 21-24: Performances at deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
2016 October 6-8: Performances at Festival d’Automne à Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. This engagement was supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

2017 February 1-3: Rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2017 February 4-March 4: Performances at The Performing Garage
2017 March 22-April 1: Performances at REDCAT in Los Angeles, California
2017 April 6-16: Performances at Z Space in San Francisco, California
2018 January 7-13: Performances at the Sydney Festival, Syndey Opera House, Sydney, Australia