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KCET Artbound
December 10, 2015
KCET Artbound
December 10, 2015
The Interactive World of “RETURN TO FOREVERHOUSE”

Foreverhouse was a children's TV show from some indeterminate period of the past, but it was more than that -- it was home to a vivacious cast of strange entities and garrulous characters. At some point, the human audience went away, and Foreverhouse shriveled up, the characters locked in stasis.

Grid Saratoga
September 25, 2015
Grid Saratoga
September 25, 2015
Welcome to the Machine Project

Thursday afternoon, Tang and Dayton Director Ian Berry, and Assistant Director for Engagement Michael Janairo led a press tour through the museum, and introduced Mark Allen, founder and executive director of the Los Angeles based Machine Project.

Art in America
March 20, 2015
Art in America
March 20, 2015
Asher Hartman

A glossary of purple: 1) Purple Protest. Anti-apartheid protesters in South Africa thronged before a water cannon spraying water dyed purple. Stained for arrest but emboldened, they chanted, “The purple shall govern.” 2) Purple Prose. An insult Horace coined to mock the treatment of language as stuff, both sense and sensuousness. 3) Electric Purple. Psychedelia’s purple, of Deep Purple, Hendrix’s Purple Haze and Prince’s Purple Rain, of LSD as narcotechnology, of a countercultural history that seesaws between the French Revolution and the New Age movement, the Culture Industry and Silicon Valley. What should we do with this aging body of knowledge? Pumice the heel. See what collects in the tub.

Art 21 Magazine
February 11, 2015
Art 21 Magazine
February 11, 2015
Asher Hartman’s Ritualistic Marathons

Asher Hartman’s art is located at the intersection of performance, theater, and magic. He doesn’t practice hocus-pocus or the style of Gothic witchery seen in the 1996 film The Craft; he creates spaces for psychic, intuitive work that allows people to come together and create as a group. For the past twenty years, Hartman has written, directed, and performed in ritualistic magic-making marathons.

LA Weekly
December 17, 2014
LA Weekly
December 17, 2014
10 Best L.A. Art Experiences of 2014

The night before Halloween, artist-playwright Asher Hartman, who also appeared on our year-end list in 2012, debuted Purple Electric Play! in Machine Project's Echo Park basement. A flamboyant but self-protective actor tried not to engage in politics, while his captivating young colleague embraced all her revolutionary impulses. The play often descended into stream-of-consciousness, both visually and verbally, and it was comic, sexual and sensual even when serious. It ended with a senseless death and a red, glitter-covered tongue leaping out at the audience.

Hyperallergic
December 15, 2014
Hyperallergic
December 15, 2014
Asher Hartman and the Puppets of Revolution

Asher Hartman’s experimental Purple Electric Play! utilizes an eclectic range of dramatic forms including rock opera, puppets shows, vaudeville, and black light theater to create a non-narrative production about revolution and class struggle that is also a meta-exploration of theater itself. It jumps from the French Revolution to 1960s political movements, from dramatic soliloquies to disco interludes and slapstick, all in a dizzying fashion that keeps the audience struggling to keep up.

KCET/Artbound
December 9, 2014
KCET/Artbound
December 9, 2014
The Ecstasy of Ambiguity: Asher Hartman’s Purple Electric Play

The experience of Asher Hartman's latest work at experimental art and performance space Machine Project begins upon walking through the door of the Echo Park storefront. In the script, which was available for purchase afterwards, it reads, "The Audience enters a storefront, which is barren except of table and couch (sic). A young man sits at the table taking names of guests when they arrive. When not interacting, he plays a game of hang man..." Each weekend night for a sold out run this November and December, 17 privileged ticket-holders are gathering here, watching this young man play hang-man, waiting to descend into the basement to view the extravaganza titled "Purple Electric Play! (PEP!)."

LA Weekly
October 31, 2014
LA Weekly
October 31, 2014
PLAYWRIGHT-PSYCHIC ASHER HARTMAN’S NEW WORK COMBINES FRENCH REVOLUTION WITH FOOD PUPPETS

On a Wednesday night two weeks ago, a human-sized head of happy-looking kale named Salad Bar and a similarly sized pink-and-white bag of popcorn named Donkey, both made of new-looking fabric, made appearances at Echo Park alt space Machine Project. Puppets animated by unidentified individuals whose legs were visible from about the knees down, they sat on the stage in the comically ornate theater that currently takes up Machine’s basement.

Glasstire
October 30, 2014
Glasstire
October 30, 2014
Purple Electric Play (PEP!)

Asher Hartman’s new play is all about revolution, violence and the creative class, and two of its cast members are oversized puppets. This is the first time audience members of a Hartman production will actually sit in seats, but the actors will probably not stay on the stage.

24700
October 23, 2014
24700
October 23, 2014
Asher Hartman Presents ‘Purple Electric Play’ at Machine Project’s Mystery Theater

For the past year, playwright and psychic Asher Hartman has been developing his latest theater project Purple Electric Play (PEP). Commissioned specifically for Machine Project’s 17-seat underground Mystery Theater, the new work debuts on Oct. 30 and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 pm until Dec. 13.

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