Now I'm helping out with a rock opera entitled Dead Superheroes, music and lyrics by Mark Winston and book by Jack Tamburri. We're preparing for a scaled-down performance of the first act at the Abbie Hoffman Theatre Festival. Here are some links to check it out, let me know what you think. The Dead Superheroes (the music), Abbie Hoffman Theatre Festival.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So, Pericles closed on Friday and went off pretty well. I still don't think it's Shakespeare's greatest play, or anything like that, but it is complicated and ambitious. The topoi of familial relationships, nationality, and sanctity I think are a particularly interesting backdrop in a sort of whirlwind adventure. I also really admire the time Shakespeare takes to color some of the smallest characters. One of the workers at the brothel in Mytilene gets a wonderful little moment when Marina asks to be put "amongst honest women," and he responds, "Faith, madam my acquaintance lies little amongst them" with a kind of honest self-deprecation. All in all, a solid show.