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cHURCH OF MONIKA: Music for the Doomed

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us at the cHURCH OF MONIKA for a staged reading of David Brensilver’s Music for the Doomed. This is a free event. Bagels and coffee will be served.

In the not-too-distant future, a poet-composer — an artivist — is sentenced to prison under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and the Cultural Sedition Act of 2025 for writing and disseminating a protest song that contravened the principles of free-market capitalism and adversely affected an industry’s bottom line. A journalist on the Injustice Beat, determined to paint a word-picture of Bravery in the Time of the Cultural Clampdown, discovers the uncomfortable reach of complicity.

Music for the Doomed is a multidisciplinary performance piece by David Brensilver that incorporates his script and music, as well as poetry by Abioseh Joseph Cole. In this staged reading, David plays the role of the journalist and Abioseh plays the role of the artivist. Each of the various elements of Music for the Doomed can also be performed as a stand-alone work.

Music for the Doomed is itself a part of a larger project — a novel that’s in the planning stage. In a sense, Music for the Doomed exists both as a fictional work of art and as a real one, with discrete elements. The project could and might ultimately incorporate elements of other disciplines.

A talk/Q&A will follow the reading.

David Brensilver studied percussion at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School and has performed over the years with ensembles of various sizes and styles. He’s also become an accomplished writer and has worked as a daily newspaper journalist and as the editor of a monthly arts publication. He’s the author of the satirical novel ExecTV (ENC Press, 2005) and the often-irreverent animal-rights blog The Daily Maul. David’s most recent work, Music for the Doomed, is a multidisciplinary performance piece about complicity and its costs.


February 11
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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