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ICA presents Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith’s ‘Disinformation’


The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents the Boston debut of Disinformation, a multimedia collaboration between Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith that examines humanity’s refusal to accept the end of the world. There will be two performances on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $16 members, students and seniors, and can be purchased at www.icaboston.org or by calling (617) 478-3103.

Disinformation, a collaboration with playwright and director Tommy Smith, examines humanity’s refusal to accept the end of the world. Combining absurdist storytelling, projected video imagery, and spontaneous musical compositions, it’s a feverish, comedic take on the human need to understand ourselves. Disinformation has played to packed houses at the 2008 Under The Radar Theatre Festival at The Public Theater in New York, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2007 Time-Based Art Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

About Reggie Watts
Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable – comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie’s improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed “disinformationist,” Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that’s okay – he doesn’t either.

As a solo performer, Reggie has played sold-out runs at Fusebox, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Soho Theatre (London), Brian Eno’s Luminous Festival at the Sydney Opera House, Montreal Comedy Festival, PopTech!, Vancouver Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Sydney Festival, Outside Lands Festival and cities throughout the world including Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne, Madrid, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Cape Town and Rekjavik, among others. In New York, Reggie regularly performs at The Box, UCB, Comix, the Bellhouse, Slipper Room, Caroline’s, Union Hall and Moonwork. Reggie also received the ECNY Award (2009) and Andy Kaufmann Award (2006) for his innovative stand-up performance. On screen, Reggie has appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s The Yes Men Save The World, Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, Iceland TV, UK’s Funny Or Die, PBS’ revamped Electric Company and the music video What About Blowjobs? for College Humor. Currently, Reggie is filming short comedic interstitials for Comedy Central’s late night block.

About Tommy Smith
Tommy Smith is a New York based playwright. His work has been seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea Theatre, PS 122, Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, The Ontological Theatre, 78th Street Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, among others; his work has been produced internationally in Prague, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Montreal and Athens. He is a two-time winner of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize for emerging writers (2005 and 2006), a graduate of The Juilliard School’s Playwriting Program, a recipient of the 2008 E.S.T. Sloan Grant, the 2008 Page73 Playwriting fellow and a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages.

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