Official Music Video for “The Drag.”

We sometimes talk about crankies being a kind of low-tech proto music video. And that’s true! But sadly you can’t share them very easily on social media. So, please to enjoy this newfangled Official Music Video from our latest Baudelaire In Box album, Unquenched, available now at our Bandcamp site!

Unquenched Album Release Show: May 20

Theater Oobleck is proud to announce the release of Unquenched: Music from Baudelaire in a Box, Episode 9. The album includes recordings of each song from the stage performance of the show, originally mounted in October, 2016, by the original performers: Emmy Bean, Angela James, Ronnie Kuller, T-Roy Martin, Chris Schoen, David E. Smith, and Joey Spilberg.

Saturday, May 20 at 8PM
at TOWNSHIP

2200 N. California
$10 at the door

Admission includes a free download card you can use to download the album.

All lyrics adapted from the poems of Charles Baudelaire. Unquenched features music composed and translated by some of the Chicago music scene’s brightest lights, including Reid Coker (The Judy Green, Billy Blake and The Vagabonds) Annie Higgins (Weatherman), Angela James, Abraham Levitan (Baby Teeth, Nerds On Tour), Ronnie Kuller (Mucca Pazza, Tom Musick), Mark Messing (Operamatic, Mucca Pazza), and Joey Spilberg (Bad Mashedi) as well as Theater Oobleck’s own Jeff Dorchen, Mickle Maher, and Chris Schoen.

If you can’t make it to the show, pre-sales are open now on our Bandcamp site. Pre-sale orders include an advance track from the album, and will enable purchasers to download the full digital album the moment it releases.

“Baudelaire In A Box” is a cantastoria cycle seven years in the making, adapting the poetry of Charles Baudelaire for song and illustration. The project will culminate in August with a final three day festival of music and hand-cranked images: Closed Casket, at Links Hall At Constellation.

“Unquenched” is Reader-Recommended!

The Chicago Reader highlights the “lovely, sweet-minded kind of darkness” of Baudelaire In A Box, Episode 9:

“Between the black-and-white pictures and the musical influences ranging from country to klezmer, the overall tone here is moody; even Mickle Maher’s slangy, comic treatment of “L’Avertisseur” (about the nasty yellow snake living in every man’s heart) can’t quite shake off the darkness. But it’s a lovely, sweet-minded kind of darkness, well expressed by the onstage septet.”
–Chicago Reader, recommended

Just four more shows before we pack up the scrolls and start work on the last batch. Got your tickets yet?

Episode Nine Cometh

Our next episode, Episode 9: “Unquenched,” comes to Links Hall in Chicago this October, and features 14 New Songs composed by:

Reid COKER
David COSTANZA
Jeff DORCHEN
Annie HIGGINS
Angela JAMES
Ronnie KULLER
Abraham LEVITAN
Mark MESSING
Chris SCHOEN
Joey SPILBERG

Accompanying crankies designed and illustrated, as always, by Dave BUCHEN

Tickets go on sale in July. Watch this space for updates.

If you haven’t poked around the website lately, we’ve got some new videos up from Episodes 1-7, and there are more to come. Hope to see you in October!

“The King Of Rain” Now on Sale!

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Theater Oobleck’s first Baudelaire In A Box album* is now available for pre-order!

The King Of Rain features 15 songs written by Emmy Bean, T-Roy Martin, Chris Schoen and Sad Brad Smith. They were originally performed as part of Episode 7, in October 2014. (Bean, Martin, and Schoen are collectively known as 80 Foots Per Minute. Check ’em out, they’re great.)

*Note that while this is the first Baudelaire In A Box album to be produced directly by Theater Oobleck, two other very fine albums have emerged from this project to date: Chris Schoen’s Heaven Or Hell Or Wherever (2012), which includes music from Episode 3, and New Town Drunks’ split EP with Curtis Eller, Songs Of Anguish (2015), which includes music from Episode 4.