we read books: a manifesto

  • the manifesto

    WE READ BOOKS – PT 1 – WE READ MANIFESTOS

    Theatre is overrun by adaptations. This is not a bad thing. Adaptations are great because adaptations are expectations writ large. Adaptations are great because adaptations signal to the audience what they might see. Adaptations are great because they signal to the playwright what they are going to write. Adaptations are great because they signal to directors what they are about to direct; to actors the characters they are about to play; to composers what music they must conjure, and which emotions it should evoke. Adaptations are great for marketers because they know how to sell them; adaptations are great for ushers because they can actually answer questions about the show.

    Adaptations are bad not because they are adaptations but because they never challenge what it means to be an adaptation.

    Theatrical adaptations never play with our expectation of story. They never find ways of expanding or shrinking the existing work; they do not challenge audiences to find new things; they do not give the artists the space to create or destroy or reconstitute to find new life, new ways.

    We aim to change this.

    WE READ BOOKS  PT 2– WE READ THESIS STATEMENTS

    WE READ BOOKS is a quarterly night of short plays that all interact with one specific text, finding unique ways of exploring the stories within the text in a playful environment.

    WE READ BOOKS PT 3 – WE READ OBJECTIVES

    WE READ BOOKS is designed to be a fun night of theatre in which playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, actors, musicians, and designers are invited to engage with text in intellectual and anti-intellectual ways. The idea is to create an evening of six works which will expand the themes and ideas in the text and push them in exciting directions. Anything goes as long as it can be said that we have, in fact, read the books. Staid, stuffy, and self-serious artists need not apply.

    WE READ BOOKS PT 4 – WE READ(ING) LISTS

    Guns Germs and Steel Crime and Punishment A Wrinkle In Time Beloved The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Moby Dick Lord of the Rings The Cherry Orchard Between the World and Me The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Odyssey Heart of Darkness Poetics Kafka on the Shore Bossypants Hamlet Jane Eyre Their Eyes Were Watching God Studies in Classic American Literature The New Testament Julie and Julia Literally any book or play or movie or text ever

    WE READ BOOKS PT 5 – WE READ DETAILS

    9:30pm, Wednesday May 2nd at THE TANK (312 W 36th St) $11 https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3392020

     

    SIGNED: InVersion Theatre