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Excerpts from Penny Arcade’s Longing Lasts Longer at St. Ann’s Warehouse

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New York’s undisputed queen of the underground and legendary avant-gardist Penny Arcade, has performed Longing Lasts Longer, a rock n’ roll blend of stand-up comedy and memoir, in over 22 cities around the world. Longing Lasts Longer – a fierce, visionary and ultimately hopeful critique of New York’s slide from the “city that never sleeps” to the “city that can’t wake up.”New York’s undisputed queen of the underground and legendary avant-gardist Penny Arcade, has performed Longing Lasts Longer, a rock n’ roll blend of stand-up comedy and memoir, in over 22 cities around the world. Longing Lasts Longer – a fierce, visionary and ultimately hopeful critique of New York’s slide from the “city that never sleeps” to the “city that can’t wake up.”

Longing Lasts Longer, a London Artists Projects production at St. Ann's Warehouse

Conceived, Written and Performed by Penny Arcade
Designed and Directed by Steve Zehentner Penny Arcade
Lighting Design Justin Townsend
Soundscore Steve Zehentner Penny Arcade
Associate Lighting Designer Sarah Johnston
Stage Manager Clarissa Marie Ligon
Light Board Operator Andrew Trent
Follow Spot Operator Kier Macarthy

St. Ann's Warehouse Artistic Director Susan Feldman
Longing Lasts Longer Live Recording
Camera Roger Grange Dave Dodds Eric Wallach Steve Zehentner
Edited by Steve Zehentner
Sound Jimin Brelsford
Vimeo photo credit: Albie Mitchell

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PENNY ARCADE, 
aka Susana Ventura, www.pennyarcade.tv is an internationally respected writer, poet, actress and theatre maker, and one of a handful of artists who created and continue to define performance art. Penny debuted with John Vaccaro’s explosive Playhouse of the Ridiculous at age 17, and was a Warhol Factory Superstar at 19, featured in the Warhol film Women in Revolt. With an artistic career spanning almost 50 years, Arcade occupies a unique position in the American avant-garde. HM Koutoukas referred to her as ‘the little sister of the avant-garde’ because of her long association with the architects of the American counter culture movement: Andy Warhol, Charles Henri Ford, John Vaccaro, Judith Malina, Taylor Mead, Jack Smith, Harry Smith, Tom O’Horgan, and Charles Ludlam among others. 

Her focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a trans-formative act, mark her as a true original in the American theatre. In this context, Penny has written over ten full-length shows including La Miseria, Sisi Sings the Blues, Bad Reputation and New York Values as well as and hundreds of solos. Her world famous sex and censorship show, Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!, has been performed in over 30 cities around the world and was successfully revived as a ‘landmark production’ (London Times) for its 20th anniversary in 2012.

In 1991, Quentin Crisp chose Arcade as the woman he most identified with, naming her his anima figure and soul mate. Their friendship became professional as they undertook many performances together until his death at age 91. An Evening with Quentin Crisp and Penny Arcade is now available on DVD to mark Mr. Crisp’s centennial, and the actress Cynthia Nixon portrayed Arcade in the film on Mr. Crisp’s New York life, An Englishman in New York with John Hurt.

In 2010, Semiotexte/MIT Press published a hardcover book on Arcade called “Bad Reputation: performances, essays, interviews.” Her award winning documentary The Lower East Side Biography Project, Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia which she co-creates with long-time collaborator Steve Zehentner is broadcast weekly in New York on Ch 34 Time Warner and RCN 112 and simultaneously at www.mnn.org.