Playing together in the dark

October 24th, 2016

 

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Collaboration is a tricky, alchemical thing: when it works, it works immediately, effortlessly, gleefully, thoughtfully. When it doesn’t  . . .  It really doesn’t.

Working on NIGHT SCHOOL with Rena Hopkins, Ben Willis, Rachael Ahn Harbert, and Marianne Brass – this collaboration works, the mind enacted in the physical world, eyes ears muscles brain, making the real even more real. It’s a lab, it’s a poem, it’s a playground. And we learn from one another, so for us it’s night school, too.

[Photos courtesy Rick Lieder: Rena Hopkins/ALI<E, Ben Willis/Garden of Earthly Delights, Rachael Ahn Harbert/the Heights, Marianne Brass/ALI<E. ]

“I want to be an author.”

October 17th, 2016

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That was her ambition.

 

Work hard, play hard, repeat

October 14th, 2016

This month I’m working and playing especially hard.

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– talking literature – what it’s for, how it changes us – with the bright and engaging students  at Cranbrook Kingswood . . .

– joining in the amazing yearly #TheLiteraryOthers LGBT reading event at Roof Beam Reader, with a post that looks at how we act when we act out our truest selves . . .

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– popping up in the Indie Spotlight at TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog to talk about CHRISTOPHER WILD  . . .

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– going into rehearsals for NIGHT SCHOOL, my newest nerve production, based on Marlowe’s immortal DOCTOR FAUSTUS and inspired by the “Night School” section of, yes, CHRISTOPHER WILD . . .

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– and heading to St. Paul MN to be guest of honor and present a solo performance piece, “The Art of Darkness,” at Arcana 46.

And every day I’m at my desk, working hard and having wild fun with CHRISTOPHER WILD. Whee, what a month!

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The face of CHRISTOPHER WILD

September 23rd, 2016

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Worth a thousand words and then some: the cover for CHRISTOPHER WILD.

Art and design via Rick Lieder.

Night School

August 29th, 2016

Give me whatsoever I shall ask.
Tell me whatsoever I demand.

 

Going ever deeper into CHRISTOPHER WILD – the novel is two-thirds complete, now – I’m also writing a companion piece: harsh light and darkness, music and movement, hell and heaven and everywhere in between, a one-night-only performance of Marlowe’s words and mine. January 2017, time for NIGHT SCHOOL.

 
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Bosch & nerve

July 25th, 2016

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The patrons have a beautiful, sprawling garden, with flowers and ponds and two blue-metal follies.

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To bring Bosch to that garden, we needed music.

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We needed masks, and eggs, and fruit.

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And a fish.

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And we already had nerve.

 

[Photos courtesy Rena Hopkins (1-3-7-8), Rick Lieder (2), Mary Perrin (4-5-6).]