[via]Corpora, located in the enclave of the Artworks Theatre and Studios in Hollywood, is following in the footsteps of success of its sold-out presentation of A Grand Guignol Children’s Show, Not for Children (co-produced with immaculate Debbie McMahon) , with a theatrical installation of Kharmful Charms of Daniil Kharms by resident company ARTEL (American Russian Theatre Ensemble Laboratory.)

Under the banner of Kook’s Kitchen Series led by Olya Petrakova (a co-artistic director of ARTEL along with Bryan Brown), a mad-gang of artists and scientists  will cook up in a devised-collaborative fashion a  Russian Surrealist Absurdist Comedy at its most iniquitous and irrational, violent and erotic.


Olya Petrakova, director.

Kharmful Charms is structured as an evening of not-so-innocent pranks and antics, vignettes and dreamlike incidencies set to rousing musical soundlife by multiple award-winner Jef Bek.  Utilizing the entire 7, 000 sq.ft building of Artworks Theatre and Studios, this limited 2 day run will explode into action with 12 cast members and a great number of invited local theatre artists.

This production is paying respects to Daniil Kharms’ founded avant-garde collective OBERIU, or Union of Real Art, whose aesthetic centered around a belief in the autonomy of art from real world’s rules and logic, and the intrinsic meaning to be found in objects and words outside of their practical function.


Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) was an early Soviet-era surrealist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist.

By the late 1920s, his antirational verse, nonlinear theatrical performances, and public displays of decadent and illogical behavior earned Kharms – who always dressed like an English dandy with a calabash pipe – the reputation of being a talented but highly eccentric “fool” or “crazy-man” in Leningrad cultural circles. He was imprisoned in the psychiatric ward at Leningrad Prison No. 1. and died in his cell in February, 1942 — most likely, from starvation, as the Nazi blockade of Leningrad had already begun. His writings (a vast assortment of stories, miniatures, plays, poems, and pseudo-scientific, philosophical investigations) were virtually unknown until 1970’s, and not published officially in Russia until “glasnost”.

2 performances only: Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11th at 8PM

Art/Works Theatre,
6569 Santa Monica Blvd,
Hollywood, CA 90038
tel. 323.871.1912


24 hour Ticket Hotline 1.800.838.3006,
Information 323.871.1912
Tickets: $17-30 General Admission