Baudelaire in a Box Episode 7: The King of Rain at the Hideout
BACK FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Originally produced in October 2014 at Chicago’s Charnel House, the 7th installment in our epic attempt to translate the ENTIRETY of Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal features 15 new cantastorias designed and illustrated by Dave Buchen, with music and translations by Emmy Bean, T-Roy Martin, Chris Schoen, and Sad Brad Smith. They will be joined by Ronnie Kuller on accordion and violin, and Joseph Spilberg on bass.
The King of Rain
was performed on Tuesday, December 16, 9pm
1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago IL
$10 suggested donation
more if you’ve got it
free if you’re broke.
Patrons must be 21 or over.
Dubbed “an act of extravagant artistic idiosyncrasy” by the Chicago Reader, Baudelaire in a Box is a serial cantastoria project based on the work of Charles Baudelaire. Over the course of eleven years (culminating in 2017, the sesquicentennial of Baudelaire’s death), the project will adapt each poem from Fleurs du mal as a unique cantastoria, pairing each musical adapation with “crankies” designed and illustrated by Dave Buchen. Baudelaire in a Box has been performed in Illinois, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Wisconsin, by a growing group of musical collaborators.
It is a project so ambitious, so immense, that it cannot be contained on a single web page. And so:
Photo by Kristin Basta.
photo by brave lux
Emmy Bean is a theater artist, musician, and puppeteer. Recent performance work includes: Alice with Upended Productions, Rung with Curious Theater Branch, SOS: A Summer Clown Cruise with Theater Oobleck, The Carter Family Family Show with the Neo-Futurists, Caught: The Woods with the Fifth House Ensemble, and Baudelaire in a Box with Theater Oobleck. She writes songs and performs with Chris Schoen and T-Roy Martin in the lit-folk trio 80 Foots Per Minute. She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College and teaches music and theater for children at Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College. Currently in development: a clown and puppet adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, with Erica Mott and Meredith Miller. www.beansome.com.
photo by brave lux
T-Roy Martin has performed around Chicago for nearly two decades. A founding member of The Billy Goat Experiment Theatre Company, and a member of the Curious Theatre Branch, T-Roy has strummed, sung and/or acted with Theater Oobleck, Teatro Vista, Collaboraction and numerous others. He also sings, plays ukulele, guitar, trombone or whatever’s handy in local bands such as The Crooked Mouth, 80 Foots per Minute, ElvisBride, and TunT.
A Theater Oobleck ensemble member since 2007, Chris has written and sometimes performed music and sound design for a profusion of theater shows, including There Is A Happiness That Morning Is, The Strangerer, Spukt, and Natural History. He inaugurated Baudelaire In A Box with Dave Buchen in 2010, with The Wine Cycle. This is his fifth go-round with the project, for which he has written and translated 27 songs to date. He is pleased to find himself the bandmate of Emmy Bean and T-Roy Martin, in the Chicago supergroup 80 Foots Per Minute.
Dave has been a member of Theater Oobleck since its founding. He is currently working on SOS: A Summer Clown Cruise in a collaboration with El Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico and on the continuing Baudelaire in a Box project. His play Innocence and other Vices is included in the collection More If You’ve Got It. He is also a founding member of El Teatro Bárbaro and the circus band La Banda Municipal de Makula-Barun. As an illustrator, he has created several books including Why is a Tiger a Tiger? A Bestiary of Etymology. He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Sad Brad Smith
Brad is a singer and songwriter in Chicago, whose song Help Yourself won him acclaim and disdain in several small circles. In 2010 he released his first masterpiece, Love is Not What You Need, which has yet to generate significant buzz within the public sphere, but which is pretty decent, if you have the balls to admit it. His new album, Magic, came out in May, and his Aunt can’t stop listening to it. As an actor, he has worked with the likes of The Inconvenience, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Jackalope Theatre, and the Back Room Shakespeare Project, among others. He has never been nominated for any awards.