Big Big Drama (experimental music-theatre), featuring performance group Big Drama No Drama.
Ticket: $10/ $10-15 at the door. CLICK HERE to get your ticket today. Door opens at 7:30 PM. Performance starts at 8 PM.
Big Big Drama is an avant-rock extravaganza, an inner-space opera, a performative diagnosis of a culture in crisis. The performance combines screwball philosophizing with physical theatre, ambient soundscapes, and dementedly operatic musical numbers. Word, song, and action summon the flailings of a collective psyche that strains after illusory fulfillments and imagined securities, duped by an ideology of individualistic self-enhancement and unmoored from traditional communal structures. Themes of personal breakdown and cultural collapse interweave along a trajectory of escalation-climax-crashout-and-revival; confusion and despair vie for ascendancy with the inherent hopefulness of comedy and the spirit of play. The musical element of Big Big Drama is heavily influenced by the sonic universe of 1980s New Wave (cf. Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Depeche Mode, etc.) but also draws inspiration from contemporary artists working in the experimental rock genre (St. Vincent, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz).
see what we discover
walk away, or build yourself another
big, big drama
About the Artists
Daniel Larlham is an Oakland-based theatre-maker, musician, and writer. He spent his childhood in South Africa, immigrating to the United States at the age of ten. Daniel holds an MFA in Acting from NYU and a PhD in Theatre from Columbia University. He has experience in a number of theatrical paradigms, including text-based psychological drama, heightened classical text, physical theatre in the Grotowski lineage, and downtown experimental theatre in New York City, where he worked with the companies Les Freres Corbusier (Heddatron, Hell House, Boozy), The Continuum Company (Tempest Tossed, The Natalya Project, Beasts of No Nation) and Group Theory (Bartleby: A Rereading). In addition to his work on text-based drama, Daniel has trained extensively in extended vocal technique (Roy Hart approach) and contact improvisation.
For the last five years, Daniel has lived in the East Bay, concentrating his efforts mainly on composing and performing with his activist alternative rock band, Now The Changes: www.nowthechanges.com. The band’s mission is to activate positive energies, elevate the level of political discourse, and sharpen skillful perspectives during this urgent global moment. Their debut EP, Beginning, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other major streaming platforms. The band’s second EP, Activation, will be released in mid-November 2019. Daniel is a member of a number of groups organizing for climate justice. ***Please talk to him after the performance if you would like to know more or get involved.***
For much of Daniel’s time in the Bay Area, he has taught courses in acting and drama at Saint Mary’s College of California, also directing a number of mainstage productions there (Brecht’s Good Person of Setzuan, Aristophanes’s Lysistrata, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and, coming up in the spring of 2020, Molière’s The Misanthrope). In the fall of 2016, he performed in director/choreographer Lili Weckler’s Out of Earth/De Huma, which premiered at SafeHouse Arts, SF.
Liz DeRoche began playing piano and drums when she was just four years old. Growing up in the green valleys of Western Oregon, she drew her inspiration from nature and the influence of her musically creative family. After moving to Washington, D.C., in 2008, Liz founded her own independent record label, AlphaBeat Records, and, under the moniker The Singing Lizard, began to combine original and traditional children’s music with electronic, pop, and dance in a genre she calls “Electro-Kindie.”
In addition to her solo work as The Singing Lizard, Liz performs on keyboard/piano, drums, and vocals with The Pushovers, Cane & the Sticks, Tell Me Tell me, Big Drama No Drama, and with award-winning singer-songwriter Tom Goss. She is now happy to call the San Francisco Bay Area home. There, she founded a kid-centric music series FamJam and the East Bay Musicians Alliance – a collective for musicians by musicians.
Liz’s upcoming debut EP, Heartbeats, set to release in early 2020, is her most raw, emotionally work to date. Produced in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Nahuel Bronzini and her closest musical mates, Tom Goss and Ian Carmichael, Heartbeats is an electro-pop confession, in which soulful piano sustains anthemic melodies and heartbreak gives rise to transformation.
MADELINE HD BROWN is an anarchist, queer femme making magick with glitter in the gutter. She is a local working actor, a second-generation seer, and is currently in her third year of graduate studies at CIIS in the Somatic Psychology department. She holds a BFA in Acting from the College of Santa Fe and a Three Year Diploma from the Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique. She offers Tarot and Reiki sessions through her Tenderloin-based business You Are Magick.