Hey! May Day Play! w/ L.M. Bogad

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! was made possible by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.


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