The care and kindness SASHA provides is evident to anyone who visits, in person or virtually (such as via this video Diane Cheklich and I created). . .
. . . so I posted an offer on my Facebook page:
“If you buy a barn fan for SASHA, I will write a story for you. Deal? Inbox me if you’re serious.”
Within a few hours, acclaimed historical novelist Sarah Miller contacted me, and now SASHA will have a barn fan, Sarah will have a story written just for her, and the work I do daily has done demonstrable good. Win-win-win!
“When we consider the significance, the originality and power of his work … when we think of the inspiration as yet not fulfilled, the force that was in him to carry him forward, we may conclude that this was the greatest individual loss our literature has ever suffered.” – A.L. Rowse, from CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
Whose voice we hear has as much to do with our own inner receptors as what the voice speaks: it’s as mysterious a process as friendship, which it much resembles, this meeting of writer and reader. Christopher Marlowe’s work spoke to Anthony Burgess, whose A DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD I read – was ravished by – and then turned to the source, a turning that deepens, again and again, as friendship does, as I read and reread his work.
Adapting the FAUSTUS text for nerve‘s immersive performance (with Steve Xander Carson, seen here in the title role) was a different way to hear Marlowe’s voice. Always his heroes begin at the top of their arc: always the brutal, lyrical, self-observed descent. He knew what it was to fall.
Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight: but the voice remains. He was 29. His work is immortal.
“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”
Our intrepid journeyer, Puppet Alice, is in the process of creation by artist Rena Hopkins, aka The Divine Iguana. Being fans of Rena’s work and her vision, we were delighted when she agreed to be Alice’s maker!
And Alice’s question is our own, as nerve recreates Lewis Carroll’s doubled Wonderland, going through that Looking-Glass as well, to make a world for our patrons to wander, a world that turns on the axis of a single question: What does it mean to be alive?
“Generally good advice: if the White King asks you to play chess, think twice, but if the Red Queen invites you to dance, you should probably run. Unless you’ve encountered these royal figures during Nerve’s “Welcome to the Rabbit Hole” in which case, the very best advice is to dance, play and experience everything fully. You’ll be safe. More or less . . .”
This rave review of nerve’s “Welcome to the Rabbithole” event tells you what happened, there in the glowing windows, below at the bottom of the stairs . . .
“Nerve’s ‘Welcome to the Rabbit Hole’ was just a sampling of a full production coming this October. The very, very best advice: If you are fortunate enough to find a White Rabbit leading you to this dangerous, sensual Wonderland, follow!”
And watch your step.
[Rachael Ahn Harbert as the Red Queen. Photo courtesy Rick Lieder.]