05Dec/15

Coming in January: Writing from Turkey, Nigeria, South Africa, & Iraq

How does globalization look from the other side of the globe? Find out from some of the most exciting literary voices you may never have heard before.

Starting in January, I’ll be leading a monthly armchair tour at San Francisco’s venerable Mechanics’ Institute Library. Join us to explore four nonWestern countries whose writers are weaving their own distinctive cultural heritages together with worldwide artistic techniques and political viewpoints.

What better way to brighten these long winter nights than with a tasting menu like this?

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16Aug/15

Coming in 2016: CRAZED TEACUPS, an Original Entertainment by Edward Gorey

CrazedT-progcoverIn the early 1990s, Edward Gorey joined Susan Glaspell, Eugene O’Neill, and Tennessee Williams in the pantheon of Provincetown playwrights. For three summers, he designed and directed original full-length theater pieces he called “entertainments.”

CRAZED TEACUPS is the third and last entertainment Edward staged in Provincetown. It’s also one of his most accessible, dramatizing a number of his famous little books. Along with vignette pieces (The Utter Zoo, Neglected Murderesses, The Helpless Doorknob), CRAZED TEACUPS includes some of his most plot-rich stories: The Gilded Bat, The Insect God, The Hapless Child, The Green Beads. And then there’s the usual assortment of puppet scenes and nonsense advice which he wrote for this show . . . topped off with the loveliest set of drawings that ever dramatized crackle-glazed porcelain.

EGOS-2014-eCover-final-tiinyFor more about CRAZED TEACUPS, Edward Gorey, and the handmade puppets who performed in his 20-odd “entertainments” at Cape theaters from Bourne to Provincetown, see my nanobiography Edward Gorey on Stage: a Multimedia Memoir.

For more about the Edward Gorey House museum, my September ZAPPED reading there, and ZAPPED‘s adventures as a Kindle Scout nominee, see the diverse posts on my blog.

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