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Penny Arcade Aka Susana Ventura is an internationally respected performance artist, writer , poet and experimental theatre maker known for her magnetic stage presence, her take no prisoners wit and her content rich plays and one liners. She is the author of ten scripted performance plays and hundreds of performance art pieces. Her work has always focused on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society. Her willingness to speak truth to power at the expense of career concerns has made her an international icon of artistic resistance. Her decades long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original in American theatre and performance.

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What Made New York Great

There has been so much talk about what made America great lately – well, for well over 200 years the answer to that question was New York. I am talking about the mythological New York that belongs to everyone all over the world but which functioned in real time on this planet as a place that created culture, politics, and realities not possible in other parts of America or in the world or that matter. New York is like a stray mother cat which births litter after litter of realities and those realities make their way like dandelion fluff and…

When Closeted People Censor

In 1990-1995 my sex and censorship show Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! was a backlash against the censorship we were experiencing during the Helms - NEA Culture Wars but it also spoke out against The PC Movement that had been rising in the Gay world since the mid seventies. B!D!F!W! was the queer, feminist,erotic dancer backlash and united thousands of people in 30 cities around the world, hiring strippers and performers in every city we played in and proved undeniably in the face of that JUDGEMENTAL PC world that one could be a FEMINIST and a stripper, a FEMINIST and a Prostitute a Feminist…

The Rise of PC Trolling Disguised as Activism

I am stunned by the increasing numbers of internets trolls the universities are churning out as they continue to couch both history and culture in an increasingly myopic and totalitarian politically correct straight jacket. These academics are not teaching people how to think but what to think. They are not preparing young people to participate in the real world. They are churning out populations who without any actual personal experience of the diversity of human nature and experience believe it is their calling to prey on and harass people who are doing real work in the world. They judge everything…

My Favorite Holiday

I love all holidays, after all holidays are the theatre of the masses. The special days when most people, regular people, get to step off the grind of the every day and enter an altered reality. Of all the holidays, Halloween has always been my favorite. It outranked Easter, when I got new clothes, the excitement of waking before dawn to be in the Easter Sunday procession at St Andrews Church, the basket of natural and fuschia dyed reeds that my grandfather made each grandchild was taken down off the shelf in the sun room and magically appeared at my…

Waking Up in Detroit

Waking up in Detroit to the grey marble sky, impenetrable yet somehow benign, I feel empty, not in a bad way but neutral. I don't feel like anyone in particular today except that this no one in particular is about 13 years old.I am going home today as in home to NY , home to my own bed, home to my stuff , home to what gets put on hold when i travel. It is an empty nest. I created it to hold all my dreams and it is full of those but I don't dream there anymore. When i…

The Tyrany of Fragility

I feel the pain of people who have been physically, emotionally , psychologically and sexually violated. Who have been demeaned and made to feel like they are less, less than others, less than human. I have been one of those people for most of my life. To be honest, my entire life has been an exercise in vanquishing the inner self loathing that is the legacy of those painful experiences. .I have borne those scars and still carry some open wounds from those violations. Some were from strangers but some were from my own family and in some cases from…

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