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225 Plays by NY Neos
An Apology & Hunchback Variations
ANITA LOOMIS - Half Li(v)es
What The Sea Means
JOHN JUGHEAD PIERSON
The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody
Weasels In A Box
John's Neo-Futurist Plays
Even In Blackouts Songs
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YOU MAY HAVE HEARD RUMORS OF A BOOK FOR THE NATION WIDE PERFORMANCE BATTLE PHENOMENA KNOWN AS "WRITE CLUB." WELL, THE RUMORS ARE TRUE AND WE SHOULD HAVE INFORMATION SOON!
Returning in January, the play that swept the Orgies in 2011, Mickle Maher's "most powerful play to date" (the Chicago Reader): "There Is A Happiness That Morning Is."
At Victory Gardens, January 31 - March 14. Stay tuned for advance ticket information, and other goodies.
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"More If You've Got It" Book Release Party
Hope and Nonthings books has published a volume of Oobleck works entitled “
FIVE PLAYS FROM THEATER OOBLECK
.” And we are having a grand
Book Release Party
in order to celebrate.
Tuesday, September 4, 7pm – 10pm at The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Free.
“For my money, there is no other theater company in America that has so consistently created original, excellent, principled theater.” – Greg Kotis, from the preface to
Scenes and songs from classic Oobleck plays “Ugly’s First World,” “Necessity,” “Innocence and Other Vices,” “Letter Purloined,” and “There Is a Happiness That Morning Is”
A sneak preview of the next installment of Oobleck’s
Baudelaire in a Box
project, coming to Links Hall in November
A very special reunion set from Shloinke, Chicago’s hardest drinking klezmer band
DJ Mike Bulington
There will be food and a cash bar; the book will be available for sale; and the playwrights are coming in from far and wide (Wisconsin! Massachusetts! California! Puerto Rico! Rogers Park!) to hob-nob and sign books.
The book itself features all the plays mentioned above, an introduction by Terri Kapsalis, and a foreward by Tony Award-winning playwright Greg Kotis. It will be available at the publisher’s website soon. Meanwhile, you can pre-order it from
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THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CLARENCE ODBODY
by John Jughead Pierson - Released October 15 2011
What if George Bailey wasn’t saved by his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, on that snowy Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls? This reimagining of the beloved Frank Capra classic
It’s a Wonderful Life
(and the Phillip Van Doren Stern story that inspired it) tells the story of Bedford Falls and its inhabitants after the death of their drama’s central character.
The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody
restores the dark undercurrent of the Van Doren Stern’s short story “The Greatest Gift” to the uplifting plot of Capra’s film, and explores how the familiar characters in it might respond to the dire circumstances created by George Bailey’s disappearance from their lives. The paths of an introspective cab driver, a ruthless henchman, and a wayward daughter collide nearly twenty years later in the town that defined their reputations for better or for worse.
THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CLARENCE ODDBODY
"John Jughead Pierson's strength as an artist is his seemingly endless ability to find new worlds of meaning in the simplest, most familiar ingredients--it used to be three chords and an attitude; in this new book, it is a plot we all think we know and are sick to death of--and, thanks to his passion, humor, and soul, make it all seem utterly fresh, absolutely vital, and like something we cannot live without. It was a joy to read." —Jim DeRogatis, rock critic, author, co-houst,
"I've always loved John's mind. Almost more than John himself. It's a mind that you can trust and be fdascinated by what it makes his mouth say and his body do. You won't be disappointed by this fascinating piece of work." —Dino Stamatopolous, writer for
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
, and NBC's
225 Plays by the New York Neo-Futurists from:
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
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This book brings together over 200 short (very short) plays from the New York production of the acclaimed cult theater hit "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind."
"Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," created by Greg Allen, debuted in Chicago in December, 1988, and has been playing to sold out houses ever since. The show presents 30 plays in 60 minutes, 50 weeks a year, to a devoted following. The ensemble of writer-performers generates between two and 12 new plays each week, as dictated by a roll of the dice, creating a constantly changing menu of plays.
In 2004, a New York ensemble was formed and the show has been running there since, playing to houses of younger, culturally adventurous audiences as well as seasoned theater-goers. The 225 plays in this volume, culled from more than 1,300 the New York company has generated since 2004, reflect the diversity of 35 current and past ensemble members and the multiplicity of viewpoints and voices they bring to the stage. The material runs the gamut of style, tone, and topic: musical, confession, agit-prop, poetic gesture, physical comedy, puppet theater, audience interrogation, folk song, sex joke, and many more.
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