Propaganda for the Self is the American Dream deconstructed in order to build a bridge into a more radical reimagining of what we are capable of. The show is an essay enacted through bodies in real time. Using utopian queer love stories, dance movements inspired by superheros, and audience engagement, Manning and Steffen will excavate white America’s obsession with numbness in search of the radical possibility of desire.
The show, created through the support of a 4Culture project grant, is the co-creation of Eli Steffen and Corinne Manning. Steffen grew up on Vashon and partnered with Manning, a former resident to co-create and bring this project to the island infamously named in 2014 the most liberal place in America.
At the heart of Propaganda for the Self is a series of opportunities for the audience to answer yes/no questions, revealing their own histories and beliefs and the gap between personal truths and collective identity.
Propaganda for the Self runs May 25th-26th at Vashon Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at www.vashoncenterforthearts.org: $8 Student, $10 Member, $12 Senior, $14 General. For more information please visit www.elisteffen.com/propaganda. This project is supported through a grant from 4Culture.
Accessibility information: Vashon Center for the Arts is ADA compliant. Handicap access is on the east side of the building and there are ADA and companion seating available in the theatre. There are also assisted listening devices available to check out for audience members.