The White Album

November 28 – December 1, 2018

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description The White Album is a multifaceted performance based featuring Joan Didion’s seminal essay about California’s shifting cultural landscape of the late 1960s. In this piece, directed by Lars Jan, the Obie-winning Mia Barron delivers the essay in its entirety while two performance works simultaneously unfold on stage (one nests within the other). Two separate audiences—one, large and traditionally seated; the other on stage, intimate, and mobile—also experience the works simultaneously but from different vantage points. The smaller audience becomes part of a contemporary house party, representing a microcosm of the promise, tumult, and violence of the era traced in Didion’s text. Party-goers on stage visually underscore stark similarities in cultural dynamics between 1968 and now, invoking themes of protest, race, and generational divide. As the “party” gathers steam and becomes unhinged, a tense climax forces guests and audience members to consider the double-edged meaning behind the essay’s famous opening line…“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
Identifier 2018f.11128
Season Fall 2018
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
choreographerStephanie Zaletel
company managerMarisa Blankier
costume designerKate Fry
directorLars Jan
director assistant/associateMadeline Barasch
dramaturgDavid Bruin
production managerSarah Peterson
sound designerJonathan Snipes
sound operatorDuncan Woodbury
stage managerAmanda Eno
technical directorMichaelangelo DeSerio
top billingLars Jan, Joan Didion