LAPD: I Fly! or How to Keep the Devil Down in the Hole

Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD): I Fly! or How to Keep the Devil Down in the Hole

World Premiere

“When they look back in 100 years,
the only theater being done now which will matter will be the work John Malpede is doing with the LAPD.”
—Peter Sellars, acclaimed theater director

"Raw, immersive, remarkable...purposeful art as important as it is unforgettable." - Los Angeles Times

The other L.A.P.D. collaborates with residents of Skid Row to create provocative performances that confront vital issues and ask urgent questions. Their new piece addresses the meaning of “Public Safety.” What’s a low-income neighborhood of color to do, targeted by the police, with lethal outcomes? What to do beyond despair, beyond protest? A neighborhood de-colonizes public safety. They put heads and hearts together and evolve practices that create public safety through joyous communal activity and collective problem solving. Over many years Skid Row has emerged as a neighborhood with a number of profound and important values: empathy, looking out for each other, sharing, second chances, recovery, inclusion, tolerance, and embracing difference. And Skid Row has found ways to articulate these values in numerous community practices. These values and practices are celebrated, analyzed, mused upon, and sung and danced on in Los Angeles Poverty Department’s new performance. 

"When people feel one another, they feel safe, Public Safety for REAL." - LAPD 


 I FLY! is part of LAPD’s Public Safety for REAL project (2016–18), produced with support from the MAP Fund (supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.), The National Endowment for the Arts, and The City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding provided by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and California Humanities (a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities). 

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THU 4/4
8:30 pm
FRI 4/5
8:30 pm
SAT 4/6
8:30 pm
$20$16 $10

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff