The Wild Party
The Wild Party
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The Wild Party was written in 1926 by New Yorker editor Joseph Moncure March, and immediately banned in Boston. It is a witty risqué poem about two vaudeville performers who fight, make up, throw a party, and flirt with danger:
Queenie was a blond and her age stood still,
And she danced twice a day in vaudeville
A rediscovered lost classic, the recently republished version by Art Spiegelman inspired ShadowLight to create a shadow setting for the poem with a live jazz score composed and performed by jazz great Bruce Forman. The performance fuses film ideas with modern shadow techniques derived from the ancient art form.
It was performed in San Francisco, The Eugene O‚Neill Theater Center, and Kent State University in 1995 and 1996.
The Wild Party DVD features a behind-the-scene look at this innovative shadow theatre work and is edited from several performances, and mixed with interviews with the performers and musicians as well as exciting rehearsal and backstage footage. The DVD also contains a concert reading performed by Bruce Forman and Larry Reed, and an archival tape of the first performance.
Total running time: 20 min.