Still Ignorant After All These Years: A performance piece by Joe Raiola

March 23, 2014
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Zen Mountain Monastery

Please join us for the premiere of Still Ignorant After All These Years, a performance piece by Joe Raiola, MAD Magazine senior editor.  Admission is $15.00. For reservations, call 846-688-2228 or click here.

In addition to his 30-year association with MAD Magazine, Joe Raiola is best known as the driving creative force behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute in NYC (which he’s produced and performed in every year since 1981) and for The Joy of Censorship, his nationally acclaimed First Amendment program, which he’s performed in 43 states.

 Raiola was inspired to create a new satiric piece for the Monastery by his many Sunday-morning radio talks with Ryushin Marchaj, abbot of the Monastery, who is a frequent guest on WDST’s Woodstock Roundtable, which Raiola has cohosted for over a decade.

Still Ignorant After All These Years struck Raiola as “the perfect title,” he says, “because it says comedy and speaks to a central Buddhist concept, which is that all those who aren’t enlightened are ignorant.”

In his most recent solo effort, American Heretic, Raiola said his goal was “to tear false things down.” Now, he says, his goal is “to abandon all pretense of knowing and share his spiritual journey to nowheresville.”

Influenced as much by MAD Magazine and George Carlin as by Alan Watts, Carl Jung, and what Raiola calls his “consistently floundering meditation practice,” Still Ignorant After All These Years promises to be a funny, sharp, and provocative evening of comic theater in an intimate setting.

Zen Mountain Monastery, 871 Plank Road, Mt. Tremper, NY

Zen Mountain Monastery, founded by John Daido Loori, is an American Zen Buddhist monastic training and retreat center located on 230 acres of forest preserve. Zen Mountain Monastery is the mainhouse of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism (MRO), an organization of associated temples, practice centers, and sitting groups in the United States and abroad.

For more information, please contact Angelina Mujaku Caponigro, (845) 688-7993, ext. 115, zmmEvents@mro.org