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Joe Orrach Performance Project Presents Cat's Paw
Joe Orrach Performance Project Studio
Berkeley , CA
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There will be a Q&A session with the cast and director after each performance.


Joe Orrach Performance Project Presents Cat's Paw
Cats Paw, a play by William Mastrosimone, is the first in a series of works performed at the main studio of the Joe Orrach Performance Project. These productions will  bring innovative performances to engage new Bay Area audiences in a lively new theatrical experience.

The burning question of the relationship between terrorism and the media, current in 1985 when Mastrosimone first presented the play, and still urgent today, motivated JOPPs Artistic Director Joe Orrach and stage Director Darcy Marta to chose Cats Paw, a work with a relatively small cast (4 players) to launch this series of plays at JOPPs 4th Street studio.  Cats Paw involves dual concerns of ecological disintegration (water pollution through willful government neglect) and manipulation of citizens through the media. It is a drama of personalities bound together by an unusual terrorist; brilliant, articulate, and obsessed with the degradation of the world's water supply and, with it, the final destruction of the human race.  

Reflecting on why he wrote this piece, William Mastrosimone stated: The terrorist thinks and acts in symbols, and the media appreciates the economy of image. Terrorism and media share a capacity to inflate or flatten people. On the television screen, the fruit-fly is magnified into an eagle; the mindless thing becomes a martyr; the crime becomes a myth. And so the collaboration goes...  (Forward to 2001 edition of Cats Paw)

Directed by Darcy Marta
Produced by Lizbeth Hasse

Joe Orrach - Victor
Shirley Norman - Jessica
Jeffrey Weissman - David  
Amanda Dempsey - Cathy

Performance Dates:
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019  8pm
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 8pm
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 6pm
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 8pm
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 6pm

Runs approximately 80 minutes followed by a Q n A.


Joe Orrach Performance Project Studio (View)
1510 Fourth Street, Unit 2
Berkeley , CA 94710
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Joe Orrach Performance Project
On BPT Since: Sep 27, 2019
JOPP Studio

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