HEY! MAY DAY PLAY! after the march, before the uprising, come over and play

This “performance game” devised by L.M. Bogad repurposes and detourns the structures of popular role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, to draw audience members into playing actual scenarios from the history of social movements.  The inherent joy of play and gaming draws audiences into an imaginative, engaging and at times troubling exploration of turning-point moments from the history of the civil rights movement, the labor movement, and others. Bogad will also present a small collection of radical games from near and far.

HEY! MAY DAY PLAY! is part of the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival (May 1-6, 2018), produced by Pro Arts in collaboration with Shaping San Francisco.




L.M. Bogad is an author, performance artist/activist, Professor at UC Davis, Director of the Center for Tactical Performance, and co-founder of the Clown Army.  He has performed across the USA, Europe and South America, from SF MOMA, the Whitney Museum, Yerba Buena Arts Center and the Mattress Factory to occupied zones and a squatted military base in Barcelona.  He has led Tactical Performance workshops around the world, including in Cairo during the first month of the Egyptian Revolution, and was both Art and Controversy Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer on Performance and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Humanities and Political Conflict Fellow at ASU.

Bogad’s performances have covered topics such as the Egyptian revolution, the Haymarket Square Riot, the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities, and the Pinochet coup in Chile, and have received grant support from the Puffin Fund, Network of Ensemble Theatres, Bay Area Theatre Artists Fund, U.C. Institute for Research in the Arts, the British Academy and the British Arts and Humanities Research Council.  His newest piece, ECONOMUSIC: Keeping Score, has been performed in NYC at the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, and at festivals in Helsinki, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, at SF MOMA, and Barcelona.  His play, COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act was published by PM Press and recently performed at the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Studio.

Website: www.lmbogad.com

HEY! MAY DAY PLAY! is made possible by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

About the Festival Organizers:

Pro Arts is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, social practice, public art, and education. Founded in 1973, Pro Arts is one of the few remaining institutions in Oakland that is artist-centered and that continues to function as a platform for experimentation, supporting the freedom to create challenging, non-commercial work in critical art context.

Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.



Shareable.net is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners. Shareable.net 

Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics. Blurring the line between economics and storytelling, Upstream inspires listeners to imagine what a more just, sustainable, and beautiful economy might look like. upstreampodcast.org