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Poor Dog Group: 'Group Therapy'

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance presents the world premiere of 'Group Therapy' by L.A.’s celebrated theater ensemble Poor Dog Group, co-founded by Jesse Bonnell. The new work of documentary theater draws on 16 hours of audio recordings from the group’s actual therapy sessions to examine their long-term collaboration and how their relationship has progressed through marriages, divorces, disagreements, alcoholism, and the struggle of being professional artists.

In 1968, the groundbreaking documentary 'Journey into Self' revealed eight strangers as they underwent therapy in an attempt to “to discover the secret of being together,” during a time of civil unrest and American consciousness raising. Nearly four decades later, Poor Dog Group’s self-reflections unfold against the backdrop of a new cycle in our nation's social and political evolutions.

Having met at age 18 while attending CalArts, Poor Dog Group was founded in 2008. After more than a decade of creating theater together, the members amplify their self-interrogation into an uncensored — sometimes funny, sometimes poignant — work of live art. Through chance operations, each performance of 'Group Therapy' is different and originates in a past encounter, then quickly spins into spontaneous reflections, real-time re-recordings and cinematic gestures. As the company members process their divorces, dependencies, privileges and vulnerabilities, they create a portrait of a generation’s hustle and, above all, what it is like to endure.

'Group Therapy' probes the inner workings of this long-term collaboration and close-knit group of friends as they confront the bold collective risk of performers who are charting new (and sometimes old) territory, together.

Funds provided by the James A. Doolittle Endowment. Additional funds were provided by Murray Hidary in support of CAP UCLA’s Artists-in-Residence program. Commissioned by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance and created as part of its Artists-in-Residence program, with additional residency support from the CalArts Center for New Performance, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Headlands Center for the Arts. Group Therapy is a project of Creative Capital, and is produced in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice.

Presenter / Producer: UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance

Listed Categories
Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 310-825-2101

UCLA's Little Theater
Macgowan Hall
225 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Los Angeles CA 90095

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 1/11/2018 - 1/13/2018
Thursday, 01/11/2018
Friday, 01/12/2018
Saturday, 01/13/2018

Performance Times
Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Ticket Information:
Single tickets for $39 are now available online at, via Ticketmaster, by phone 310-825-2101 and at the UCLA Central Ticket Office.

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