Gisele Vienne, Johnathan Capdevielle and Dennis Cooper

Gisèle Vienne, Johnathan Capdevielle, and Dennis Cooper: Jerk


"As accomplished as it is harrowing...Jerk is the closest we may ever come to horror theater." —New York Post

“Cooper breaks the psychotic core of human consciousness, with its endless, helpless need. It's not an easy place to live.” —Village Voice


Presented in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

In a stark room, using only one actor and a few hand-puppets, director Gisèle Vienne creates a harrowing staging of the novel Jerk by Dennis Cooper, once deemed “the most dangerous writer in America.” Told from the perspective of David Brooks, one of Texas serial killer Dean Corll’s young accomplices, Jerk descends into the minds of those responsible for the brutal torture, rape and killing of more than 25 teenage boys in the early 1970s. With a deceptively formidable presence and increasing emotional force, performer Johnathan Capdevielle illustrates a shattering series of events that culminated in Corli’s death by one of his accomplices, in a sinister and unforgettable tour-de-force.


RUN TIME: 60 minutes


Associate producer: DACM with the collaboration of the Quartz - Scène nationale de Brest
Coproduction : Le Quartz - Scène nationale de Brest, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de l’accueil-studio and Centro Parraga-Murcia. With the support of Conseil Général de l’Isère, Ville de Grenoble and the Ménagerie de Verre as part of studiolab.


Funded with support from the Institut Français-Ville de Grenoble and The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.



Presented in cooperation with Flash Art International.



Radar L.A. is supported by a grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S., the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Date/TimeGM/SWith Pass/CA
FRI 9/27
10:00 pm
SAT 9/28
10:00 pm
SUN 9/29
7:30 PM

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff