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The History of Oklahoma in Three Violent Acts

Friday, October 7
Segal Theatre
Photo by Richard Termine

Photo by Richard Termine

The History of Oklahoma is a series of puppet / object vignettes exploring the warped history of this marginalized state. From the chaotic outlaw territories, to the compression of the Indian Tribes’ lands, through the largest U.S. race riot, to the bombing of the Murrah Building, Oklahoma has been a burning locus on the edge of American history. Yet it is beautiful. And this performance explains why.

This event is part of a performance series from 4:00pm- 6:00pm, followed by a short discussion.
Start time is approximate.


  • Joseph Silovsky
    Photo by Joseph Silovsky

    Joseph Silovsky has been performing, constructing and collaborating in the theater world since 1990. He recently premiered Send for the Million Men (with Victor Morales and Catherine McRae) at HERE Arts Center (December 2014) and brought it to Mass Live Arts (2015 Great Barrington, MA). Prior performances include: The Jester of Tonga at PS122, Binghamton First Night Festival, and elsewhere (2007- 2009); and The Reddest Dirt in Oklahoma, Abron’s Art Center (2015) and Tonic’s Little Theater (2006). Joseph collaborated with Victor Morales as Tutto and the Ragman (2001-2005), as well as with Radiohole (2003-2013), The Builders Association (2000-2010), Lucky Pierre (1998-1999), HMS (1995-1997), and the Cook County Theater Department (1994). Silovsky received a BFA from Bard College 1991 and went to graduate school in performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Joseph has received residencies at Yaddo, DPI, LMCC and Mt Tremper Arts, and was a member of HERE’s Artist in Residence program (HARP) from 2012-2015. He has received grants from Art Matters, the Henson Foundation, the Puffin and the Axe-Haughton Foundations.