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Richard Foreman Reading Plays

Richard Foreman reads selections from four of his plays: Bad Boy Nietzsche, Pearls for Pigs (available in Paradise Hotel and Other Plays), Wake Up, Mr. Sleepy, Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead, and Permanent Brain Damage, which is also included in Paradise Hotel and Other Plays. Foreman has written, directed and designed over fifty of his plays both in New York City and abroad, mostly through his Ontological Hysteric Theater. Five of his plays have received OBIE awards as best play of the year and he has received five other OBIEs for directing and "sustained achievement." His other productions include ZOMBOID! and The Gods Are Pounding My Head! AKA Lumberjack Messiah (29 minutes).


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.