The Florida Room


Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:00 PM  - Purchase Tickets for this Function

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 7:30PM - Purchase Tickets for this Function

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10:30PM - Purchase Tickets for this Function

$15 per person. Limited engagement. Contains adult content. Location to be disclosed with ticket purchase.

Cannonball (Miami, FL) and Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA) are thrilled to announce the premiere of Asher Hartman’s new experimental play The Florida Room. This two-hour live, public play will take place at two private residences in the MiMo district of Miami and feature actors Franc Baliton, Rochelle Fabb, Michael Morrissey, Paul Outlaw, and Joe Seely.

The play’s non-linear, poetic narrative concerns a man who has become so alienated from himself at mid-life that he is split into beings, gradually becoming a deity whose creative and destructive impulses have a profound effect on his closest friends. Beneath the mythically charged plot is a terse exploration of psychological violence, debt, friendship, and the American quest for security. Audiences watch as the play unfolds around them. Musical, nastily funny, and haunting, The Florida Room makes us think about the deep emotional attachment we have to the material world.

Hartman’s public performance and workshop, Walking Into Walls are part of a new collaboration between Cannonball and Machine Project, offering three Los Angeles-based artists research residencies at Cannonball and the resources to create new performance-based works in response to Miami. Participating artists include Corey Fogel, Asher Hartman, and Juliana Snapper. This collaborative project is generously supported, in part, by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Asher Hartman is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, and psychic based in Los Angeles. His practice centers on the exploration of the self in relation to Western histories and ideologies. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Beijing Open Performance Festival, Beijing; Hayward Gallery, London; Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila; Recontres International, Paris and Berlin; Torrance Art Museum, CA; MIX, New York; London Underground Film Fest and Images, UK; and in a number of Los Angeles venues including Machine Project, LACE, Sea and Space Exhibitions, Monte Vista Projects, Human Resources, and The Hammer Museum.

Hartman received his BA from University of California, Los Angeles, and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.

Machine Project is an informal, non-profit, educational institution located in a storefront space in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Consisting of a loose group of artist/performer collaborators, Machine Project hosts a variety of events—scientific talks, poetry readings, musical performances, competitions, group naps, and cheese tastings—and educational workshops exploring electronics, sewing, pickling, computer programming, and car theft, among other topics.