RADAR L.A. | Poor Dog Group

CalArts Center for New Performance/Poor Dog Group: Brewsie and Willie

Los Angeles


“Vibrantly inventive direction of a first-rate ensemble … any similarity between Stein's fears and the straits in which we find ourselves today is strictly intentional.” —LA Weekly



Presented by CalArts Center for New Performance in association with Poor Dog Group


Gertrude Stein based her text for Brewsie and Willie on encounters with G.I.s in Paris at the end of World War II, and this powerful adaptation reveals how relevant it remains today. A disparate group of American soldiers and nurses wait in limbo to return to their homeland and an uncertain future: What work will they have? What will America’s future be? And what is their place in it? Under the direction of Travis Preston, timeless concerns of a post-war generation are vibrantly embodied by an ensemble of young performers, including member of Poor Dog Group, to explore the hearts and minds of a generation for which “home” that has ceased to be familiar. Set in an empty loft against the backdrop of downtown Los Angeles, this layered production draws live-feed video and original music into the mix.


Directed by Travis Preston

Written by Gertrude Stein

Adapted by Marissa Chibas, Erik Ehn and Travis Preston


Original music composed by Andrew Conrad and Andrew Gilbert

Choreography by Mira Kingsley

Produced by Carol Bixler


RUN TIME: 75 minutes

LOCATION: Los Angeles Street Loft

533 South Los Angeles, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013 | Map

Doors open at 7:30 pm

PARKING: Ample street parking after 6pm.

The original production of Brewsie and Willie was created with support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), administered by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Tickets can be purchased via www.brownpapertickets.com.

Date & time General

5 for $50

Flex Pass

Wed 6.15.11 8:00 pm*
$30* $10*
Thur 6.16.11 8:00 pm*
Fri 6.17.11 8:00 pm
Sat 6.18.11 8:00 pm
Sun 6.19.11 8:00 pm
Wed 6.22.11 8:00 pm
Thur 6.23.11 8:00 pm$30N/A 
Fri 6.24.11 8:00 pm$30N/A 
Sat 6.25.11 8:00 pm$30N/A
Sun 6.26.11 8:0 pm$30N/A 

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff