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The Coup

When: Fri., Jan. 23, 9 p.m. 2015

Lefty agitprop emcee Boots Riley recently published a screenplay, Sorry to Bother You, in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (Issue 48). The story involves a massive company, WorryFree, spinning Silicon Valley-steeped circumlocution while housing its employees on campus, a scenario that McSweeney’s honcho Dave Eggers explored in his most recent novel, The Circle. Naturally, it’s also heavily informed by West Oakland and Riley’s own experience as a telemarketer. There’s an uprising and implicit advocacy for organized labor leveraging power. Far from a dry ideologue, Riley is a deft entertainer, as he’s regularly proven since the early 1990s with The Coup, which performs on Friday at the Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco). Clearly, he’s applied the protester notion of “diversity of tactics” to creative enterprise — Sorry to Bother You is a screenplay, after all, and Riley said that Patton Oswalt and David Cross are on board for a movie.

Sam Lefebvre

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