Chaos Manor

Longtime readers of this blog will remember Chaos Manor, a staged reading of selections from the JLP book, with readers and musicians, planned for Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park last July.  It was part of the City’s Park Lit program and sponsored by A Public Space and the Center for Documentary Studies.  The event was canceled due to 103 degree temperatures and threats of power outages, etc.

Chaos Manor is being revived as a private theater workshop at Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Arts Center May 2-6.  If all goes well, these are the first steps of what will become a public theater event with a target premier in 2013.  I’m working with director and producer Christopher McElroen on these workshops with invited actors and musicians.  As Chris says, “we’re going to throw everything up against the wall and see what sticks.”

I’ve introduced Chris on this blog before:  He founded and ran the Classical Theater of Harlem for eleven years.  He won awards for his production of “Waiting for Godot” set in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.  The film of that production is on display now in the permanent collection gallery at MoMA.  Currently Chris is working on the first-ever adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” with a premier in Chicago next January.  The rights to that novel have never been granted for stage or screen, so this production will be highly anticipated.

-Sam Stephenson

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