Aug 5th 2017

Day Two: The Whole Enchilada


This is the second of an epic 3-day festival, adapting the poetry of Charles Baudelaire into song and image.

Baudelaire goes DURATIONAL when we mount an all-day event presenting every episode from the seven years of Baudelaire In A Box shows, in their original order (more or less), featuring the original performers (mostly).

It includes music written, performed, curated, and arranged by musicians and composers from Chicago and beyond, including Bobby Conn, Julie Pomerleau, Azita, Angela James, Jim Becker, Amy Warren, Lea Tshilds, Ronnie Kuller, Kate Douglas, Jeff Dorchen, Emmy Bean, T-Roy Martin, Chris Schoen, Curtis Eller, Jason Kutchma, New Town Drunks, Lizbeth Román, Katira María, Javier Carballido, Maximilliano Rivas, Andrea Cruz, Cheryl Rivera, and many more!

We start in the bar at 11AM with Episodes 1 and 2, then migrate into the performance space where we will hunker down for the rest of the day — though you are free to roam! Stretch your legs, refresh your drink — we’ll be there when you get back!

Schedule of Performances
AFTERNOON: ($30, lunch included)
11AM Episode 1: The Wine Cycle (English and Spanish), Episode 2: Hymn To Beauty
11:30 Episode 3 Death and Other Excitements
1:30 Episode 4: Bad Luck
2:45 Episode 5: Possession
4:00 Episode 6: Elevation

EVENING: ($30, dinner included)
5:15 Episode 7: The King of Rain
7:00 Episodio 7 (Spanish): El Rey de la Lluvia
8:45 Episode 8: Delicious Night
10:00 Episodio 8 (Spanish) Noche Deliciosa
11:15 Episode 9: Unquenched

And the all-day, two-meals-included durational extravaganza is available for only $50!

Details on the entire “Closed Casket” festival:

To finalize and fulfill its seven-year adaptation of Charles Baudelaire’s scandalous, debauched 19th-century classic Les fleurs du mal (“The Flowers of Evil”) as an epic illustrated song cycle, Theater Oobleck’s Baudelaire in a Box project culminates in the summer of 2017 with Closed Casket — a 15-hour festival presentation of the complete cycle, timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Baudelaire’s death.

Over the past seven years Oobleck has produced 12 episodes of Baudelaire in a Box, each featuring hand-cranked boxed panoramas drawn and painted by artist Dave Buchen and scored with original music and performed by an ensemble of musicians and singers. Many of the compositions are set to original translations written expressly for this project.

Each episode features a unique ensemble of musicians, ranging from solo performances to an eight-piece band, and includes composers and performers from some of the most highly regarded outfits in Chicago, such as Mucca Pazza, Bobby Conn, Expo 76, Matchess, Tallulah, and Azita, as well as Theater Oobleck regulars Jeff Dorchen and Chris Schoen. To this Oobleck has added luminaries from the music scenes of Chapel Hill, NC, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and New York City.

The musical genres captured in these 12 episodes are too numerous to catalog, but include glam rock, bolero, cabaret, soul, tango, folk, golden-era country, chanteuse, ambient, and reggaeton.

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