‘The Legacy of Reza Abdoh’ Revisits the Noted Avant-Gardist’s Career


This coming Monday, CUNY’s Martin E. Segal Theatre Center takes a look back at the work of avant-garde theater maker Reza Abdoh, who died at the age of 32 in 1995. His visceral, elaborate extravaganzas—staged by his company Dar a Luz—were some of the most ambitious and memorable work produced in 1990s New York. The retro’s Part 1 begins at 10 a.m. with video screenings of Abdoh’s Bogeyman (1991), Law of Remains (1992), Tight Right White (1993), plus selections from early video work. At 4:30 p.m., former Abdoh collaborators Tony Torn, Peter Jacobs, and Tom Pearl read sections of Quotations From a Ruined City (1994). At 6:30 p.m., there’ll be two panels, one about Dar a Luz’s collaborative process, featuring Anita Durst, Juliana Francis-Kelly, Tom Pearl, and Tal Yarden, among others; Elinor Fuchs and James Leverett host. The second panel, chaired by Norman Frisch, will discuss Abdoh’s aesthetics, and feature Richard Foreman, Michael Counts, Caden Manson, Jim Findlay, and Marc Arthur.

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue. The event is free.