In collaboration with the 30under30 Festival at The Foundry, local artist Lia Russel Self will present a performance of their original writing, “I’m Fine and Other Lies I Tell Myself at Home.”
We’re all liars. We work hard to be good, wholesome humans who have it all together, but what even is wholesome but a collection of communal falsities we share. We envision ourselves grander, more powerful, but at the end of the day, lies are a version of the truth that is used as armor. We shine our lies up to deflect. We evade the truth. We reshape it to fit our narratives. But what good has that done us?
This performance will be a 30 minute experience that explores how to find truth publicly, communally.
We’re all liars, but why not commiserate together? (Mature content)
As a producer, director, performer, writer, and stage manager, Lia Russell Self is dedicated to creating a change in the arts scene, one way or another. They have worked with companies locally in the Berkshires, Chatham/Hudson area, and beyond to bridge the gaps of arts, activism, and education with companies such as the rig (Lee, MA), Flying Cloud (Great Barrington, MA), and Bazaar Productions (West Stockbridge, MA). Some of their favorite projects include: devising with young artists about modern protesting and social politics (Seeking Justice and What’s that Sound?, WAM Theatre); assistant producing a web series about college activism (activist, Riverwolf Productions); and creating scenes paralleling biblical stories with current social issues (Gospel of Justice, Eighty4 Productions). Lia holds a BA in Theatrical Studies and Creative Writing from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
Doors/ Bar Open: 6:30 PM