Collection Title: Susana Cook collection
Title: 100 years of attitude
Alternate Title: One hundred years of attitude
Date: 2004 July
Location: Performed at Dixon Place, New York City, in July 2004.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Queer/Gay/Lesbian performance.
Susana Cook, producer, writer, director ; Julian Mesri, videographer, sound design ; Lucy Mackinnon, video art.
Susana Cook, Simba, D'Lo, Lisa Haas, Yangala, Migdalia Jimenez, Bob Allotta, Annie Lanzillotto, Audrey Kindred, Marisa Ragonese, Riley Snorton, Mistah.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:50:52
Language: English
Synopsis: Susana Cook ( is a New York-based Argentinean theater and performance artist. Mainly directed to queer and Latino communities in New York City, Cook's work also encompasses a heated response to broader State policies that oppress communities defined in the intersection of race, gender, and class. In her shows, Cook parodies discourses of power, drawing attention to the close ties between the state, religious and political conservatism, and the military. Cook's plays usually feature all-women casts that defy the normative performance of gender, race, and sexuality. '100 years of Attitude' mocks the title of the Latin American novel 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' by Gabriel García Márquez. The play approaches the theme of execution, imperialism, invasion, and colonialism making several explicit references to the war in Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, and the official discourse of the US president George W. Bush's administration regarding the role of the United States in the international context. The play talks about the end of the world as a subjective experience, that is captured in the following sentence: 'When everybody around you is dying... that's the end of the world.' In the piece, a Christian executioner prays before killing and an American family comes to live in town taking over the local homes. The people of this fictional lesbian town are executed several times, always coming back to life; the life of a community prevails over that of the individual. Some other themes that appear in the show, that are a constant in Cooks work, are the theme of the 'Hero' - through references to Odysseus - and the corrupting effect of power.
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Copyright Holder: Susana Cook
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