Charlie Levin


The One Truthiness

Date and Time: May 27 - June 3
Duration: 120 min, 1 intermission
Location: Southside Theater

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25

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Artist Info


Work Sample

Charlie Levin

Live painting. Live performance. and YOU read the story.

In this unique and intimate performance, witness a painting come to life in response to a text read aloud by the audience. Starting behind a large, clear piece of glass, Levin uses melted wax to create illuminated images that change with the direction of light. The text blends personal interviews, Tweets, and other quotes with poetry reflecting how our individual truths map against each other.

Audiences say: "This is about starting the most important conversation of our generation." Part two of a four-part series exploring voices of Oakland.

The story is up to the interpretation of each audience member.

Artists' Bios

Charlie Levin (Creator/Artist) makes performances, interactive paintings, and installations exploring questions of complexity, identity, and perception. Her innovative interactive wax paintings use transparency, light, and sensors bridge digital and analog experience. With over 20 years of work, including as co-founder of Chicago-based Local Infinities Visual Theater, her work has been presented locally, nationally, and internationally. Highlights: Oerel (Netherlands), Kyiv Travnevy (Ukraine), Sight Sonic (UK), Soundwalk (Long Beach). Bay Area shows include Keeping an Eye on Surveillance curated by Hanna Regev, CODAME’s 5ENSES, and collaborations with the renowned interactive technology dance company Kinetech Arts.

Ayodele Nzinga (Producer)
Inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017, Nzinga is the Executive Producing Director of Oakland’s Lower Bottom Playaz. Recognized in 2016 as one of the 40 faces that contributed to changing the face of Bay Area Theater (by Theatre Bay Area), Nzinga is the 2017 recipient of the Helen Crocker Russell Arts Leadership Award. Her directorial achievements include Marvin X’s One Day in the Life,the longest running African American Theater production in America, and being the only director to produce the American Century Cycle by August Wilson in chronological order.

Lower Bottom Playaz (Presenter) fosters the creation, production, and presentation of quality theater in the tradition of the Black Arts continuum through the creation of original works and the production and performance of the highest caliber existing material available to us from the North American African canon and the works of other artists considered marginalized within the American theater scene and the great American society in general. We concentrate on work that connects us to the universal in the human condition and enables dialogues that engage perceptions of difference and issues of concern for all inner city spaces.

The Zebra Operation (Music) is a busking duo that rocks out on the BART train. Breaking down the monotony and tension in the Bart with sweet songs ranging from soothing hip hop ballads to blistering classical pieces. Adley, the guitarist, plays in the style of Stanley Jordan, using the guitar more like a piano. Ibby, the drummer, plays the cajon. Both members have their own bands: Bicicletas Por La Paz, The Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble, and The Futurelics. Their philosophy is to support art and activism and cultivate a culture where music is part of everyone’s daily diet.


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