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Virtual Monologue “Citizen Brain”

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Friday, October 16, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
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October 16-17, 7pm to 9pm both days; October 18 at 5 pm; October 23-24 at 7 pm both days; October 25 at 5pm; October 30-31 at 7pm both days; November 1 at 5 pm; November 6 – 7 at 7 pm both days; November 8 at 5 pm

When his stepfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Josh Kornbluth became a fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute, where he immersed himself in the study of brain disease. As the beginning of his fellowship coincided with Donald Trump becoming President, Josh found himself wondering whether our entire society was suffering from kind of a collective political dementia. The discovery of the “empathy circuit” in the brain suggested a possible cure. Could a neurotic storyteller, who flunked every science class he ever took, spark a science-based revolution of empathy?

Berkeley’s favorite intellectual comedian and provocateur is back with an all-new show! With the signature aesthetic, polish, and production values audiences have come to expect in an all-new virtual space.

Josh Kornbluth has been performing his autobiographical monologues for theater audiences all over the the world for three decades. His show ‘Red Diaper Baby’ ran Off- Broadway at the Second Stage Theater and was selected for the Best American Plays of 1992 collection, nominated for a Drama Desk Award, and was made into a performance film for the Sundance Channel. His film ‘Haiku Tunnel’ was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed nationally by Sony Pictures Classics. ‘Love & Taxes’ was distributed nationally received a 100 percent “Fresh” rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Josh has participated several times in both the Sundance Institute’s Theater Lab and Filmmaker Lab. Josh Kornbluth has been an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute since 2017, where he produces the “Citizen Brain” series of online videos (citizenbrain.org). He also served a stint as Hellman Visiting Artist at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his wife, Sara.

Presented by Shotgun Players

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