popular revolt

with Alexandro Segade

Popular Revolt draws on the structure of Bertolt Brecht’s Lehrstück, He Said Yes / He Said No, (1930) — a play with two different outcomes based on a fatal question posed to the protagonist — updating the formula by using the logic of interactive video games and online dating simulators. Depicting workplace scenarios such as “creepiness,” and “whiteness,” each scene poses a question of consent to the workers. Through an “Applause-O-Meter” and direct interactions with the cast, the audience answers these questions and determines which scene will be played next. As a result, the audience determines the trajectory of the play, which can change with each performance.

Originally commissioned by NYU Skirball Center as an evening length performance for the "On Your Marx Festival" in October of 2018, Popular Revolt featured the participation of Miguel Gutierrez, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Ryan McNamara, Seung-Min Lee, Alison Kizu-Blair and Malik Gaines, and was directed by Alexandro Segade and myself, who also performed. 


The play was performed in abbreviated form as part of REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival in August of 2019 with Sophia Le Fraga, Vishal Jugdeo, and Amira Nader.