Queenie was a blonde and her age stood still, And she danced twice a day in Vaudeville.
The Wild Party explores the American artistic traditions of jazz, film noir, and poetry. Written in 1926, it is a witty risque poem about two vaudeville performers who fight, make up, throw a party and flirt with danger. Set in shadows with a live jazz band, and original compositions by Bruce Forman, the performance fuses film ideas with modern shadow techniques derived from the ancient art form. It is the poem that inspired William Burroughs to become a writer.
The Wild Party was first performed at Theater Artaud in San Francisco in 1995. It has been further refined in residencies at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, and at Kent State University in Ohio. The Wild Party was re-mounted in October of '97 in San Francisco at SOMAR Cultural Center as part of Re/Beat, a month long celebration of Beat and Bohemian culture.
1995 / 1996
Quotes from the press:
A clever marriage of traditional Balinese shadow theater and American film noir.
- Norwich Bulletin
Reed has fused music, motion and shadow to create a continuously flowing spectacle.
- SF Weekly
It's a beautiful communication with the audience. It creates a sense of harmony.
Diana Alden Lang,
Lisa Flynn Kitchen,