Second Skull is an experimental gesamtkunstwerk. Three ensembles interlock: textual drama, fully notated music, and improvised music. We will see thought reflect off of a wall, we will see that wall vibrate, we will hear a disturbance, because sound is a thought that is outside your head, but you can also hear thoughts that are inside your head. When walls are built to contain thought, as they are in prisons throughout modernity, the written word can store it, transmit it to friends and accomplices outside who amplify, make into sound. Thought in action (the (re-)animation of gesture), or the collectivity of sound, undermines the intentions of carceral states. In the drama, we speak out voices of militants who the United States would like to keep silent.

In this theater, we are also taking an emancipatory position for the long game. In order to integrate resistance and struggle with a picture of the future, the left has to assert that it is free from something while asserting that it is free to do something else. Struggle and utopia are one large cognitive machine, and an attempt at mapping it onto the stage can increase our understanding of how we are oriented in it. Second Skull is a picture of a social brain. Second Skull is an integration of positive and negative freedom.

full bibliography

a new play by sothis music-theatre ensemble

Wednesday September 16th – 8pm

Saturday September 19th – 2pm

Monday September 21st – 8pm.

LAVA – 4134 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104


flute – Chris Shelb

trumpet – Ryan Fellhauer

voice – Alize Rosznyai

monologue – Carman Spoto

monologue – Arazel

monologue – Andie Erin Cīrulis

text – Mumia Abu Jamal

text – The -Ing-Ing Braintrust of Literary Strategies

text – Herman Wallace

text – Laboria Cuboniks

text – Russell Maroon Shoatz

improvised heat – zac davis

improvised heat – alex kulick