All the senses all the time

August 2nd, 2017
At Shared Worlds, on a humid dewy morning in July, I led the student writers on a sense walk, a moment past all words: under green trees and into splashing water, through a thicket of booming percussion, and into a sweet little sacrament of Jolly Ranchers to mark our walk's end. The students let themselves be opened, and came back to their classrooms sweetened, spangled with blossoms and damp from the breeze. 20414052_10155021510939195_3809048550661253228_o   We're made to have the world this way, through our eyes, our mouths and ears and fingertips, our palates, our lungs: we suck it in, we refract it, we add our particles to its panorama, we become part of it--but then, we always have been. Sfumato_SirenSong145-600x600 CHRISTOPHER WILD is infused and slippery with the senses--  -- and the body breathes in and out, one with the breathing world, rapt and glorying in even the smallest things--the feel of the breeze on bare skin, the vagrant scent of smoke, pink glitter of rain on a neon sign, the humble heat of bodies massed together on the train -- -- and for GLITTER KING, the bespoke scent creators Sfumato will be concocting a fierce, sexy, punky palette of smells for our patrons, and us, to savor . . . Our senses know that we're alive, that we're raw and delicious and warm. [Sfumato photo courtesy Sfumato. Shared Worlds photo courtesy Jeff VanderMeer.]

Drenched in it

July 16th, 2017
Christopher Wild buttons The CHRISTOPHER WILD events will be so much more than static, standard readings. To befit a night with a man like Marlowe, it's all about the senses: the restless electric urban hum, the smell and splash of booze and coffee, the bouquet of a lady's lipstick, the passionate music of the words, the novel's and his own . . . Wear black (p)leather, a fedora, an Elizabethan ruff, dress to impress yourself. And do take one of the specially-created buttons, to declare your own favorite Marlovian aspect. Do you resonate with the Atheist . . . NightSchool Slide2 Poet and playwright . . . massacre-at-paris-foul-print Spy . . . Deptford   Or rebel . . . 418px-Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel_by_Leon_Bonnat Just weeks away now from the first event at KGB. So ready to have this fun!  

Drunk on words with Marlowe and me

July 5th, 2017
KGB KGB in NYC . . . Abick's Abick's in Detroit  . . . And Chicago in-between, details TK. The CHRISTOPHER WILD launch tour is heading to the bar(s) -- come get drunk on words with Kit Marlowe and me, get your book and get it signed, with a special little souvenir to tell the world how you roll . . . See you there! CW hc 2  

Marlowe’s here

June 22nd, 2017
CW hc 1 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.
Kathe signs Kit

Photo courtesy Rick Lieder.

Speaking in tongues

May 21st, 2017
KK RH LL MB Bauhaus reh 5:5 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. Lisa Bauhaus reh 5:5 MB RH Bauhaus reh 5:5 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. RAH LL MB reh 5:5 [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
Koja QED B Shunn Witcover Koja Babak 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 . . .   christopher-wild_500 . . . 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. GK_2_v2 GK site 5 Bruno KK 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. Bauhaus reh MB RAH Folly 1 Bauhaus 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!