The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) presents

Rainbow of Desire

a two-day workshop

Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and
Sunday, April 17 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

facilitated by Marie-Claire Picher

at the Brecht Forum
451 West Street
New York City

Rainbow of Desire, an Image Theater technique, is a technique similar
to Cop-in-the-Head. Where Cop uses games and exercises to recognize
and confront internalized forms of oppression, Rainbow of Desire deals
with conflicting needs, desires and wants among individuals and
explores power relations and collective solutions to concrete
problems. This is a method and set of techniques that is especially
useful for teachers and educators who work with disadvantaged
populations, social workers, psychologists and mental health
professionals, and community activists and organizers who are involved
with marginalized constituencies and constituencies which have
traditionally been the victims of bias and discrimination. Rainbow of
Desire is intended to examine conflict within groups, and to seek ways
to resolve those situations of conflict.

This workshop is open to all. No prior theater experience is
necessary. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; you can
pre-register online by following the link below. If you have
questions, please write to TOPLAB at

Note: Participants must commit to attending both sessions in their
entirety. During Theater of the Oppressed workshops a process develops
among the members and when people arrive late, leave early or fail to
return to the next session that process is compromised. If you think
you will not be able to attend the whole workshop please consider
enrolling in a future workshop when your schedule will allow you to
attend for its complete duration.

Tuition–sliding scale: $95-$150
Register online at


Other Upcoming TOPLAB events

Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 28-30: Invisible Theater
more info at

Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12: The Politics of the Theater of the Oppressed
guest facilitator, Julian Boal
more info at

June (dates to be announced): Rashomon
write to for more info

"We must emphasize: What Brecht does not want is that the spectators
continue to leave their brains with their hats upon entering the theater,
as do bourgeois spectators….I believe that all the truly revolutionary
theatrical groups should transfer to the people the means of production in
the theater so that the people themselves may utilize them. The theater is
a weapon, and it is the people who should wield it." –Augusto Boal
(1931-2009), founder of the Theater of the Oppressed