KLII “exorcises the ghost” of King Leopold II of Belgium with a “mytho-biographical performance” by Schaal herself. The work draws upon Mark Twain’s fictional monologue King Leopold’s Soliloquy (1905), written after the author’s visit to the Congo Free state, as well as former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Patrice Lumumba’s 1960 independence speech.
The work is designed and co-directed by Christopher Myers, with whom Schaal presented an AR sculpture and sound work titled EVERY VOICE at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight program this past April.
More about KLII from REDCAT:
Increasingly our demons are invisible—long-hidden racism and misogyny, misinformation, even the virus. How do we handle these threats, which are as central to our everyday life as they are hidden? Schaal and Myers propose an exorcism in theater, starring one of the villains of the 19th century whose actions resonate through the present day.
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The performance is also available to view virtually on Saturday, June 25. Note that ticket sales for virtual events end two hours before the event begins.