The Marsh Presents Sean Fletcher & Isabel Reichert’s "Performance Art in Front of an Audience Ought to be Entertaining" Wednesday, April 21, 2010

An edgy drama, the show depicts an imagined account of the last argument in the fatal relationship between 1980’s avant garde art stars Carl Andre and Ana Mendieta.

San Francisco, CA, April 04, 2010 --( The Marsh, a breeding ground for new performance, is pleased to announce a Marsh Rising presentation of Performance Art in Front of an Audience Ought to be Entertaining. Written and directed by Bay Area conceptual artist duo, Sean Fletcher and Isabel Reichert, the play stars veteran actors Phillipe Coquet and Carla Pauli.

The show plays on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm on The Marsh Studio Theater, 1074 Valencia Street. For tickets, the public may call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or visit

Sean Fletcher and Isabel Reichert, best known for their “tabloid-style” approach to making art, have collaborated together since 1994 on conceptually based performance works, interventions, writings, installations, videos, photography and prints. Their work is about power and vulnerability and how this relates to relationship dynamics, society, and politics. Fletcher and Reichert use their relationship and the act of collaborating together as a means of integrating the negotiation for power into their work. “Performance Art in Front of an Audience Ought to be Entertaining,” their most recent project, is a heavily researched one-act-play about the turbulent relationship between Carl Andre, a poetic minimalist sculptor who rose to fame in the late 1960s, and Ana Mendieta, a Cuban born performance artist, credited with being one of the early pioneers of feminist performance and body art. In 1985, Mendieta fell to her death from Andre’s 34th floor apartment window in Manhattan following what Andre described as an argument over whose work was “more exposed.” Less macabre than poetic, Fletcher and Reichert's drama focuses on the final argument, conspicuously leaves out the details of Mendieta's death and in some instances reveals as much about the authors as it does about Andre and Mendieta.

The artists exhibit internationally, and have appeared on NPR member stations KQED and KALW in San Francisco, on Studio 360 (a PRI syndicated program) in New York, and Spiegel On-Line in Europe. Their work has appeared in numerous art publications and the major media including Flash Art International, Art Week, East Bay Express, Der Spiegel, the Associated Press, The Contra Costa Times, The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. They have lectured at numerous universities, colleges and museums about their work.

About The Actors:
Phillipe Coquet, playing Carl Andre, made his Broadway debut at the age of 8 playing Ptolemy, the King of Egypt. More recently, Coquet has played at various venues in Los Angeles, including appearances in films and revolutionary theatre. For many years he has contributed his talents as an acting teacher and coach. He most recently appeared in "The Bacchae" at Mama Calisto's and is currently studying Performance with Shari Carlson Studios.

Carla Pauli, playing Ana Mendieta, studied acting at American Conservatory Theater Studio, and is a current student at the Shari Carlson Studio. She has appeared in several productions around the Bay Area including Woman's Will’s gender bending production of “Taming Of The Shrew,” and Drama Mamas' “Low Hanging Fruit.” Her film appearances include the feature “Canary” (2009), which has screened internationally at festivals in Europe, Canada and the United States.

For Calendar Editors

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Where: The Marsh Studio Theater
1062 Valencia Street (between 21st and 22nd Streets in San Francisco)

Tickets: $10 - 20 Sliding Scale

For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit

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Diana Rathbone