AN EPIC, WEEKEND-LONG MUSIC AND CANTASTORIA FESTIVAL ADAPTING THE POETRY OF CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
Friday, Aug. 4
4 Episodes from Puerto Rico & North Carolina
NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN CHICAGO!
Saturday, Aug. 5
THE WHOLE ENCHILADA
Our 12-Hour Marathon
EVERY SONG AND CRANKIE WE’VE EVER DONE!
Sunday, Aug. 6
Our Last Hurrah!
32 New & Original Crankies
To complete our adaptation of Les Fleurs du mal!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Links Hall at Constellation
3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
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.