22: Visual, Lyrical Literary Adaptations with Seth Bockley

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Seth Bockley is a playwright and theater director, specializing in literary adaptation, physical and object theater as well as multimedia works.

As a director, Seth has led productions throughout the United States and around the world, including Mexico, Colombia, and Ireland.

Just a few of the theatres where he has recently directed include The Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens, Redmoon Theater, Foundry Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

As a playwright, his works include 2666, adapted with Robert Falls from the novel by Roberto Bolaño; which won the 2016 Equity Jeff Award for New Adaptation, Wilderness with En Garde Arts, The Death and Life of Billy The Kid with Cabinet of Curiosity Events, February House, a collaboration with lyricist and composer Gabriel Kahane, and directed by Davis McCallum, which premiered off-Broadway at The Public Theater, Ask Aunt Susan which premiered at The Goodman Theatre, and Jon, an adaptation of a George Saunders short story, which won the 2009 Equity Jeff Citation for Best New Adaptation,

Fun facts: Seth once dressed up as a skeleton for the Obamas’ first Halloween party. He made a clown show with a theatre troupe in Mexico that toured a maximum-security prison, and Seth has recently written for A Prairie Home Companion in Saint Paul Minnesota, where he currently lives with his family.

Seth shares with Marc about his love for collaboration, his newest projects, his appreciation for many types of Chicago theater, his process for writing literary adaptations, and how he creates theater that is of image, that is poetic, and that is lyrical.

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49 mins


Monday, November 20th 2017