To keep everyone safe during the COVID_19 pandemic, Los Angeles Poverty Department’s rehearsals are now virtually on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9pm.

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We are creating a new performance: Compassion and Self-Deception. 
In the rehearsals we are making it up through improvisations and writing.  We’re putting it together one step at a time –collectively, riffing off of one another’s creativity as we create the performance.  You can join in the process and be part of the group creation.  Just by showing up.  Zoom rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. 

Compassion means “to suffer together”.  Self-deception is a process of denying the significance of feelings, evidence and logic in order to convince oneself of a falsehood.

In our creative process we’re digging in to get a deeper understanding of compassion –and the lack of it. 

When finished, the performance will use this understanding to look at conflicted responses to homelessness in the city of LA, right now.  How can everyone recognize the big extent of suffering- with so many people living unhoused — and at the same time not be willing to do enough about it to solve the situation and end the suffering.  City officials and neighborhoods continue to resist doing anywhere near enough.

Why?  As said above: Self-deception is a process of denying the significance of feelings, evidence and logic in order to convince oneself of a falsehood.