Anne Lamott reports that Flannery OConnor is the genius who said, Anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. Maybe youve been wondering who said that; now you know. Maybe youve also been wondering whether some people have better material, inherently more worth telling than yours, and the answer is no, of course not, but also yes. Jason Magabo Perez story floors: In 1976, his mother and another recently immigrated Filipina nurse were convicted of poisoning 10 people in a veterans hospital in Ann Arbor. The prosecution had the help of one million FBI dollars and a witness for the prosecution who called the women slant-eyed bitches. The women later appealed, and were freed, but we couldnt find where the FBI or anyone else had apologized to them. A staged reading of Perez new pop-cultural lecture, autobiographical play, and metahistory, The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito, is his first step toward publicly telling his tale. As horrifying, deeply American, kinda maybe David Lynch-meets-hip-hop narratives go, this one is a doozy. The evening also includes a monologue called Click, by Allan S. Manalo.
March 28-April 5, 2009