Runs from Saturday May 26 2018 to Sunday May 27 2018

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


Vashon Center for the Arts
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

Performance Notes

× Propaganda for the Self is the American Dream deconstructed in order to build a bridge into a more radical reimagining of what we are capable of. Using utopian queer love stories, super hero dance moves, and all the sequence they can get their hands on, Corinne Manning and Eli Steffen will excavate white America‚Äôs obsession with numbness searching for the radical possibility of desire.The show, created through the support of a 4Culture project grant, is the co-creation of Eli Steffen and Corinne Manning. Steffen grew up on Vashon and partnered with Manning, a former resident to co-create and bring this project to the island infamously named in 2014 the most liberal place in America.

At the heart of Propaganda for the Self is a series of opportunities for the audience to answer yes/no questions, revealing their own histories and beliefs and the gap between personal truths and collective identity.

Propaganda for the Self runs May 26th-27th at Vashon Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at $8 Student, $10 Member, $12 Senior, $14 General. For more information please visit This project is supported through a grant from 4Culture.

About The Artists Eli Steffen is a writer, performer, and creative facilitator whose work focuses on the intersection of community, culture, and identity. They performed up and down both coasts with such companies as Future Husband, the Community Arts Project, The Public Circus, and The Temenos Project. Most recently they have performed with Vanessa DeWolf, Gender Tender, and Kt Shores and at such venues at SITI Company Studio, The Richard Hugo House, and Studio Current.

Corinne Manning is a prose writer, literary organizer and performer whose work has been published widely. She has received grants and fellowships from 4 Culture, Artist Trust and the MacDowell Colony and founded The James Franco Review a project on visibility and reimagining the publishing process. Manning performed in an earlier conception of Propaganda for the Self at Studio Current in 2017.

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