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New York theater artist to perform twice in Juneau

Newsweek has called Arcade “a wonder to behold;” The Sydney Morning Herald declared “what raises Arcade to the level of greatness is her insight into the collapsing soul of America.”

This article appeared in the July 14 issue of The Juneau Empire

Photo by Bobby Miller Performance artist Penny Arcade will be presenting her one-woman show, “The Girl Who Knew too Much,” at the Perseverance Theatre Friday evening and at The Rendezvous Saturday.

by Amy Condra

A few weeks ago, Perseverance Theatre’s Artistic Director Art Rotch found out that playwright and performance artist Penny Arcade was coming to Alaska for a visit.

“I was amazed she was going to be in Juneau!” said Rotch. “She usually plays in Sydney, London or New York.”

“Penny, and her genre of work, of drawing on material and creating a show in the moment, is pretty unique,” he added. “She was one of the creators of this type of work.”

Rotch isn’t alone in praising Arcade; when recounting his 10 most influential art experiences to Rolling Stone magazine, singer Jeff Buckley included Penny Arcade in the list.

Newsweek has called Arcade “a wonder to behold;” The Sydney Morning Herald declared “what raises Arcade to the level of greatness is her insight into the collapsing soul of America.”

She was even portrayed by “Sex and the City”’s Cynthia Nixon in a 2009 BBC film, “An Englishman in New York.”

And yet, chances are you’ve never heard of her.

“I don’t get a lot of mainstream press in America, but that makes sense,” said Arcade. “I talk about real stuff.”

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