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Smoked Out is an experimental new work about the CZU Lightning Complex fires of 2020 and more importantly, the structural hurdles that those attempting to rebuild afterwards have faced.

Out of the 911 homes destroyed during the fires, only 25 have been fully rebuilt over the intervening 30 months. While there are arguments for a cautious approach to rebuilding, those considerations must be weighed against the human cost of having to fight with bureaucracy after losing one's home to recreate a sense of security and stability.

Smoked Out will approach this clearly complex, systemic issue via a multi-modal approach in three acts:

I. A documentary performance with text composed from interviews with five individuals who have attempted to go through the rebuilding process. 

II. A mobile phone game, so audience members can experience some of the structural hurdles via direct play. 

III. A forum theater to discuss what changes might be made to help those struggling with rebuilding now and how to change the system before the next large disaster hits.

Smoked Out is presented in conjunction with the DANM M.F.A. Exhibition.


  • Depictions of fire
  • Loud noises
  • Mature themes or content
  • Strong language



Smoked Out production

  • Fri, Mar 10, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat, Mar 11, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun, Mar 12, 7:00 p.m.

DANM M.F.A. Exhibition

  • Apr 28–29 and May 3–May 6, noon–5:00 p.m. 


  • Arts Lot #126 is the closest parking lot to the event. 
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Poster design by Saul Villegas of Moderno

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