CAP UCLA Presents Josh Fox's THE TRUTH HAS CHANGED Oct. 27
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Emmy-winning and Oscar and Drama Desk Award-nominated filmmaker, playwright and activist Josh Fox (Gasland) in a filmed live solo performance of his new theater work, The Truth Has Changed, ahead of the U.S. midterm elections on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall. Tickets for $29-$59 are available now at cap.ucla.edu, 310-825-2101, Ticketmaster and the UCLA Central Ticket Office.
Tracing the arc of American politics from 9/11 to Trump, Fox tells an intimate and damning personal story of our world in crisis in his riveting monologue, The Truth Has Changed, a companion to his upcoming book and film of the same title. Fox has been an active eyewitness to history from his work as a first responder during 9/11 to his groundbreaking reporting on fracking, the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Democratic National Convention, Standing Rock and beyond.
"The water has changed. The climate has changed. The rules have changed. There's toxic data everywhere," said Fox. "How do we know what's true?"
Through his complex, funny and dramatic storytelling, Fox delivers a first-person account of the dizzy and confusing landscape in which he became a witness to systemic corruption on an unprecedented scale and the alarming shift towards authoritarianism in U.S. politics. Golden Globe winner and New Orleans resident Alex Ebert, of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, has penned the score for the performance, adding an immediate emotional musical impact to the work.
The Truth Has Changed is written and performed by Josh Fox, directed by Ron Russell, features original music by Alex Ebert (aka Edward Sharpe), dramaturgy by Morgan Jenness, project advising by Nathan Lemoine, Susan Barnes, Kyle Cadotte and Bonnie Sue Stein, and is produced by International WOW Company, GOH Productions, and Barrow Street Productions.
Fox has written, directed and narrated four feature-length documentaries confronting the fossil fuel industry, climate destruction and rampant globalization. He is best-known as the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning filmmaker of Gasland, which started the anti-fracking movement worldwide and resulted in his becoming the target of a $100 million smear campaign by the oil and gas industry. This campaign of misinformation and slander was run by Steve Bannon, Andrew Breitbart, James O'Keefe and others.
Fox is the only journalist ever arrested in Congress for doing journalism. Hailed by The New York Times as "one of the most adventurous impresarios," Criterion noted "there are few filmmakers who epitomize the idea of the democratization of cinema in the digital age more than one Josh Fox."
The project was initially commissioned by legendary documentary producer Sheila Nevins for HBO as a solo performance to inspire action on climate change, fracking and democracy. The Truth Has Changed will be recorded as part of a feature film for release in 2019 and follows the release of the book originally published on September 11. In The Truth Has Changed, Fox recounts his amazing tale in a heartfelt, uncompromising manner that offers both a warning and a way forward for our besieged democracy. Special post show discussions and events to follow the performance.
CAP UCLA's upcoming programs include Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed in Conversation (Dec. 2, Royce Hall), A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet written and directed by Sam Green and Joe Bini (Dec. 7, The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA), Viet Thanh Nguyen and Luis Alberto Urrea in Conversation (Jan. 17, Royce Hall) and Jesmyn Ward and Mitchell Jackson in Conversation (Feb. 7, Royce Hall).