This August, Theater Oobleck will wrap up our seven-year-long Baudelaire in a Box project, which turns the poems from Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal into original songs and paintings, with a weekend festival of performances in Chicago.
Closed Casket: The Complete, Final, and Absolutely Last Baudelaire in a Box will bring some 50 performers from Chicago, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Los Angeles together for the first and last time ever on August 4, 5, and 6 at Links Hall at Constellation.
The 15 hours of music that ensue will include episodes never seen before in Chicago, a day-long marathon of every show we’ve done to date, and one new episode, Episode X, featuring 32 new songs by 32 different composers. By the end, we will have performed every one of the 130+ poems that we have created as part of one extravagant, weekend-long musical, theatrical, and artistic event.
Curated by Dave Buchen and Chris Schoen, this one-time only festival is the largest project Oobleck has ever undertaken in terms of personnel. Twenty-five performers need to be flown to Chicago, housed, and fed. All 50 performers need to be paid for their work. We need to build the cranky structures to house the artwork that illustrates the 130+ poems. Plus! We have commissioned 30 composers to write and perform still more new songs. We are creating 30 new paintings. It is a grandiose gathering to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Baudelaire's death — the wake that his troubled soul has longed for.
All this takes money. Your donation will go directly to pay performers, to buy the paper and paint and lumber, to pay our lighting designer and sound technicians, and to transport, house, and feed our out-of-town performers.
The composers, translators, and performers include: Nora Barton, Martha Bayne, Emmy Bean, Javier Carballido, Roberto Cofresi, Reid Coker, Bobby Conn, Jim Cooper, David Costanza, Jeff Dorchen, Kate Douglas, Curtis Eller, Christian Galán, Annie Higgins, Adelind Horan, Billie Howard, Andrea Jablonski, Angela James, Whitney Johnson, Theo Katsouanis, Lloyd Brodnax King, Diane Koistinen, Jeff Kowalkowski, Ronnie Kuller, J Kutchma, Abraham Levitan, Nathan Logan, Mickle Maher, Katira Maria, T-Roy Martin, Efraín Martínez, Mark Messing, Colm O'Reilly, Bati Paz, Julie Pomerleau, Maximiliano Rivas, Cheryl Rivera, Lizbeth Román, Chris Schoen, Diana Slickman, Brad Smith, David E. Smith, Joey Spilberg, Killian Sweeney, John Szymanski, Amalea Tshilds, Amy Warren, and Azita Youssefi.
All crankies designed, illustrated, and performed by Dave Buchen. Galleries of the original Baudelaire art for sale here can be found on the Theater Oobleck website here: $100 pieces (smaller), $200 pieces (larger), $400 pieces (paintings on fabric).
BUNDLING YOUR REWARDS: If you want to combine rewards, let's say a festival pass AND a set of all the postcards, you can make a donation in the choose your own level category and simply add up the amounts from what you'd like. For that festival pass and 10 postcards, you'd contribute $105. Then send us a message on here telling us what rewards you'd like.
Risks and challenges
We have been producing episodes of Baudelaire in a Box for seven years now, and we know how to do it -- one at a time. But never before have we brought together so many people to perform at one time. As a humble theater, we will be putting in time and sweat from now through the final note of the final song.
With more than 50 participating artists, the logistics of this are daunting. We have a team of wizards expert in making theater -- and spare futons -- appear out of thin air, using little to no money, working on preliminary production already. Your support will go a long way toward allowing them to focus on the art, rather than the catering.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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