Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
“I first read The White Album when I was sixteen, and it is the piece of writing that I have reread most frequently in my life. The first sentence — “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” — is rightfully famous. It is mathematical in its precision, an equation that has been distilled to an unassailable essence. Truth deserving of the capital T. As a theatre artist, it is this peculiar truth of Didion’s that I have built my life and career around.” — LARS JAN
The essay episodically traverses the tectonically shifting landscape of the late 1960s in California. Our current era carries eerie shades of the late 60s: the Black Panthers in Black Lives Matter; the SF State student protestors in the Occupy and Bernie movements. The struggles continue in our digitally illuminated light, broadcast openly and unfiltered. Racial injustice, generations of inequities, economic oppression and the brutality of institutional and individual violence unfold in the shadow of quagmire wars—while the dominant narratives of social progress collapse under the weight of in-box evidence.
Center Theatre Group & Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Lars Jan, concept/direction/design
Mia Barron, performance
Andrew Schneider, performance/systems design
David Bruin, dramaturg
Teresa Hartmann, stage manager
Madeline Barasch, assistant director
Miranda Wright, producer
Produced with Los Angeles Performance Practice
The White Album is co-commissioned by Center Theatre Group and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
With thanks to Joan Didion and ICM Partners.
“Paradoxical beauty becomes our sacred spaces-those that define ourselves and refine our lives. These spaces are the healing balm that allows us to embrace our suffering within such darkness. It is also within these spaces we discover great art-art that shifts us, moves us and changes us. It is in such spaces that we approach the work of Lars Jan.”
-Art Pulse Magazine