Marlowe’s here

June 22nd, 2017

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CHRISTOPHER WILD is here: the hardcover edition, literally hot off the press, with the ebook edition to follow, along with launch events in New York at KGB, in Chicago, and Detroit, and  . . .

It’s time to get drunk on words. Time for infinite riches, bitches, in a little room. Time to get together and go WILD.

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Photo courtesy Rick Lieder.

Speaking in tongues

May 21st, 2017

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Rehearsal is a liminal place. We’re where we are, discussing, debating, creating, but we’re in the future, too, trying out ideas that may become performance, or may find life nowhere else but that room and that moment.

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Movement artists think with their bodies, their muscles, the way form speaks to space and vice versa. Add the costumes–here for BAUHAUS, our upcoming commissioned performance–and that conversation changes. As a director, I listen to the conversation and work to channel it into one blended, moving, emphatic voice. And when we’re having fun, I know the voice is right.

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[All photos courtesy Rena Hopkins. Costumes by the Divine Iguana. Performers L to R: Rachael Ahn Harbert, Lisa LaMarre, Marianne Brass.]

Queens and KING and CHRISTOPHER WILD

April 6th, 2017

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Four writers – including me and the wonderful Paul Witcover, above – took the stage at Q.E.D. in Astoria, for a slate of work that flew with the birds and got deep into the dark murk of politics. I performed “Riverfest,” a brand-new companion piece to CHRISTOPHER WILD . . .

 

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. . . which is available right now for preorder, and about to go to the printers – I’ll be doing launch events in Chicago and Detroit, details TK!

GLITTER KING, my adaptation of Marlowe’s gorgeous and terrifyingly contemporary EDWARD II, is in process for 2018. GLITTER KING is hosted by Grand On River, a performance and gallery space in Detroit: think DJ, live strings, movement artists, installation designer, freedom versus fear in a glitterpunk bar at the end of the world.

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Meanwhile, spring means BAUHAUS, nerve’s commissioned project for June 2017: musicians and movement artists and a pair of iron follies to play on. Rachael Ahn Harbert and Marianne Brass, with costume and installation concept renderings, are having fun already.

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And so am I, because when the work is really flowing it’s nothing but joy. Even when times are hard, especially when times are hard. Viva fun!

 

Welcome to NIGHT SCHOOL

January 18th, 2017

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Happy New Year from nerve

Our shadow selves  . . .

 

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Christopher Marlowe’s sense of sin  . . .

 

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A classroom of masks, of the body, of every student’s heart’s desire . . .

 

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The music of the spheres . . .

 

NIGHT SCHOOL, nerve’s immersive adaptation of Marlowe’s timeless and achingly relevant FAUSTUS, opened its doors 1/21/17, to brilliant results. Our scholars loved their lessons in the dark, and the ensemble learned a few things, too. Thank you all!

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KK photo courtesy Rick Lieder, production photos courtesy The Divine Iguana.

Fun will save us all

December 29th, 2016

Fun is joy’s baby brother, and they go around together a lot. Let’s look for them in 2017, let’s aid and abet them, let’s have all the fun we can making the good things happen even if they happen in the dark. Because as George Michael (who knew how to rock the Ray-Bans) taught us, you’ve got to have faith. Happy New Year!

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Photo courtesy Rick Lieder.

Christopher Wild is done!

December 27th, 2016

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The mood board above my desk has been a map and a star throughout the writing of this novel, and now Christopher Wild is finished! What a ride, spending these months in close proximity to Marlowe’s life, work, and sensibility . . . My 18th book, but this one is special. Writing about a writer – and a genius – takes some extra effort, and brings a different manner of joy.

The book will be released in 2017, and the trade edition is available for preorder now.