Fuse #8

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Puppetry and Hot Man #8

I received this e-mail from Brian Selznick today. I suspect he'd like lots of people to know about it, so I encourage you to note the following:

Please join me at this years Labapalooza for "Live Oak, With Moss (a
prequel to The Christine Jorgensen Story)." This piece, which takes place entirely inside a single suitcase, is based on a lost sequence of poems written by Walt Whitman before he published "Leaves of Grass." This sequence, about a love affair with another man was cut up by Whitman and hidden in plain sight among the poems in the Calamus section of "Leaves of Grass," where they remained, undetected, until they were discovered in the 1950's.

With music by Bob Een and live videography by Maria Cataldo, "Live Oak, With Moss" will serve as an opening act for what will eventually be a three part evening that will touch on the world of Hans Christian Anderson and then culminate with the life of Christine Jorgensen. This project was supported by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.

St. Ann's Warehouse
38 Water Street in Beautiful DUMBO, the corner of Water and Dock
718 254 8779

"Live Oak, With Moss," is part of program A during Labapalooza, which is showing Friday May 26th at 8pm, Sunday May 28th at 3pm and Saturday June 3rd at 8pm. Program A also includes amazing pieces by Karinne Keithley, Gina Siepel and Sara Smith, Enrico Wey, and Patti Bradshaw.

Be sure to also check out Program B on May 27th, June 2nd and June 4th, which includes work by Paul Kloss and Matt Acheson, Maria Cataldo, Philifor and Philimor and Anna Kiraly and Kuba Gontarczyk.

This is from Selznick's puppet mailing list. For those NY puppet enthusiasts amongst you, this is worth checking out. Labapalooza is a high end puppetry festival. For more info on the piece itself, go to this link from the Whitman Archives. Considering Selznick's work on Walt Whitman: Words For America, his interest in this project is not too too surprising.


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