Venice’s Social Public Arts Resource Center (SPARC) will present the Los Angeles premiere of “Reno – Rebel, Without a Pause – Unrestrained Reflections on September 11th” on Sunday, September 11, at 5 p.m. outdoors.
A benefit for SPARC, which has supported diverse, socially relevant, politically spirited, activist minded art and artists for three decades, the performance reflects SPARC’s commitment to art as a tool for social change.
An opinionated alternative comedian who creates heavily improvised topical monologues with political consciousness and common sense, Reno was awakened on September 11th, 2001 by the impact of the first plane crash, just blocks from her loft. Three weeks later, she became the first artist to publicly exorcise her conflicting experiences with audiences looking for words to describe their own confusion. The show has constantly changed to cover current events. It has been described as “stirring and wickedly funny.”
Reno’s previous performances include “Reno In Rage and Rehab,” “Reno Once Removed” at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, as well as on HBO, “Reno In Rage and Rehab” on TV, the semi-documentary “Reno Finds Her Mom,” and Bravo’s “Citizen Reno.”
Reno originated the role of Zilla in Tony Kushner’s first play, A Bright Room Called Day, and she has had cameo roles in Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate and Bill Condon’s Kinsey.
Benefit co-hosts include: Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, Susan Adelman, Michael Alexander, Judy Baca, Robbie Conal, Donna Deitch, Jodie Evans & CodePink, John Fleck, Emily Levine, Tim Miller and Alistair McCartney, Shelley Morrison, David Roman, Betty W. and Stanley K. Sheinbaum, Michelle Shocked, SPARC Board of Directors, Suzanne Thompson, Haskell Wexler, and Rita Taggart-Wexler.
Tickets are $20. For more information on SPARC, visit their website at www.sparcmurals.org.For reservations, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 310-205-9436.