Poor Dog Group: The Murder Ballad (1938)

Poor Dog Group:
The Murder Ballad (1938)

"Emmanuel mesmerizes us with her emotional fervency and sly, stealthy felinity." Stage and Cinema


"Poor Dog [Group] has emerged as a polished, professional and visionary presence on the international avant garde theater scene." – LA Weekly

With a volatile mix of desire, jealousy and emancipatory yearning, Poor Dog Group's latest movement-based work—first staged at REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival—gives forceful physical life to Jelly Roll Morton's legendary 1938 recording. Originally performed in the brothels of New Orleans’ steamy Storyville district, Morton's song revels in the nastiness of its heroine’s voice, embodied here by Jessica Emmanuel, whose feral physical energy lays claim to the violent impulses of a woman betrayed. Directed by Jesse Bonnell, The Murder Ballad (1938) delves into the myth of female madness and racialized representations of sexuality.

Funded in part with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Date/TimeGM/STCA
THU 4/23
8:30 pm
$20$16$10
FRI 4/24
8:30 pm
$20$16$10
SAT 4/25
8:30 pm
$25$20$12
SUN 4/26
7:00 pm
 $25$20 $12 

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff