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If you’re in Los Angeles over the next few weeks, be sure to stop in and see The Listening Array, a project by Megan and Murray McMillan and held at Whittier College.

“The Listening Array” [at the] Greenleaf Gallery
13406 Philadelphia St Whittier, CA 90803

Exhibition runs February 28th – April 4th
Opening: February 28th 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

I was fortunate to be part of this project all the way over here in Rhode Island where the piece was filmed and choreographed. The McMillans prepared the work here and then flew to Los Angeles to build the installation.

At the casting call, Megan handed me the Communist Manifesto to read for the camera and I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of this project. I’m not a very good read-out-louder so instead they let me ad-lib on a small rant about the perilous social landscape of the American Supermarket and the loss of community within the context of a Capitalist Individuality that cares only to step on the backs of the masses exclusively for the exaltation of Corporate greed in which the middle class, aching for the community they have destroyed, aims to find some sort of community within the contribution to the very thing that separates them: Capitalism.

I don’t even remember what I was saying. I do remember my head feeling hot and being nervous that I would spit on them. My heart palpitated and my eyes went spiral, but they must have liked it because Murray stopped me and exclaimed “I want her!”

So a couple weeks later Justin & I made our way to the studio for the taping. Murray had Justin help on the set and also to help me in and out of the most awful high heeled shoes I’ve ever put on my feet. Thank god I was sitting! Someone should kick the guy who developed high heels right in the balls.

The rest of the cast were really interesting people – some with acting backgrounds, some without. Peter (opposite me at the table on the far right left, which you can’t really see in this picture very well) told stories about his grandfather, the State Lying Champion of Nebraska, 1940. Storytelling runs in his family – we were at his grace for most of the evening.

The McMillans are a really wonderful couple to work with and for as well was the rest of the cast and crew of this really incredible experience. I wish more than anything I could have gone to the opening (even in LA)

that’s me, pictured right in the (fantastic) blue dress that Megan let me keep.

You can read more about it here: http://www.meganandmurray.com/ I’ll post more images and information as I get them in my box.