La MaMa ETC, NYC
Directed by Arthur Adair
"The mind's eye and the real-life ears both receive an invigorating workout from Arthur Adair's streamlined version of "The Emperor Jones"… stripped-down version somehow underscores that the play is also about the fear and attack of conscience anyone — Enron executive, bribe-taking senator — might feel when his kingdom starts to crumble."
- NEIL GENZLINGER, THE NEW YORK TIMES
About the show
A re-envisioning of The Emperor Jones' legacy, which is racially charged, with purity: without pop culture or irony. What has evolved is an experiment in recasting the play with a Greek mold; imagining Jones as a tragic hero similar to Oedipus or Prometheus, insofar as he is undone by his own doing, but in the process achieves a greater understanding of his true self. The play is distilled into a performance by three actors.
Performed by: Xander Gaines, Sheila Dabney, and Brian P. Glover
Designed by: Arthur Adair and Wendy Yang