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Plastic Bag Store: The Film comes to the Aquarium of the Pacific

In partnership with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) and Pomegranate Arts, the Aquarium of the Pacific is presenting Plastic Bag Store: The Film. The public is invited to this special screening and discussion with Robin Frohardt, the director/artist, on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the Aquarium’s Honda Pacific Visions Theater.

The film is a screen adaptation of The Plastic Bag Store installation and immersive experience which premiered in New York’s Times Square in Fall 2020 and will open to the public in Los Angeles on June 30, 2021. The Plastic Bag Store aims to employ puppetry, humor, craft, and a critical lens to explore how the massive amounts of plastic waste might be interpreted by future generations. The installation features rotisserie chickens, cupcakes, and sushi, among the thousands of other hand-sculpted items—all made from discarded plastic bags. Plastic Bag Store: The Film transforms the installation into a series of stories that traverse ancient history, the present day, and a future dystopia.

Frohardt is an award-winning artist, puppet designer, and director based in Brooklyn, New York. She has received a Creative Capital Award and a DisTil Fellowship from Carolina Performing Arts for The Plastic Bag Store. She has been the recipient of Made In NY Woman’s Fund Grant Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Plastic Bag Store was created by Frohardt with original music by Freddi Price and was co-produced by Frohardt and Pomegranate Arts. Plastic Bag Store: The Film was commissioned by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance with additional support by the Adelaide Festival, Times Square Arts, and Pomegranate Arts. Funds for Plastic Bag Store: The Film were provided in part by the James A. Doolittle Endowment.

Screening of the film takes place on Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach.

Cost is $17 per seat, $15 per Aquarium member.

For more information, call 562-590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/plastic_bag_store_the_film/,

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Photo credit: Plastic Bag Store: The Film Courtesy of Robin Frohardt. Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Photo credit: Plastic Bag Store: The Film Courtesy of Robin Frohardt. Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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