Monday, October 27, 2008

turn books into plays

Dan Wolf wrote in with a reminder about an exciting event, his stage version of Adam Mansbach's novel, Angry Black White Boy (a primary source of inspiration for me that I wrote about awhile back, here). The play runs from tonight until November 16 at The Intersection for the Arts, in San Francisco.

According to the S. F. Theater Examiner, "Wolf is an extraordinary actor, playwright, MC and rapper behind the live hip-hop group Felonious":

In one of those life-altering moments, Wolf heard San Francisco author Adam Mansbach on the radio talking about his 2005 novel “Angry Black White Boy or The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay.”

“It was just the right moment for me because I had all these questions about the future of Felonious and what it meant for a white kid from the suburbs teaching hip-hop to white kids,” Wolf says. “I ran out and bought the book, and it just cracked open all these questions in my mind, and passages just jumped off the page.”

Being a man of the theater, Wolf immediately began thinking about adapting the book in some way, but he quickly learned the book had already been optioned as a movie. In his work with the Jewish Community Center, Wolf actually crossed paths with Mansbach, the two talked about some sort of stage adaptation, and Wolf was off and running. . . .

Part theatrical storytelling, part poetry, rap, beatboxing, ballet and hip-hop dance, “Angry Black White Boy” previews this weekend and opens Monday, Oct. 27 at Intersection and continues through Nov. 16.

A must-see if you're in the area, and here's hoping this show goes on the road.

Break a leg, Dan! (Or should I say, "Bust a move!" No, wait . . . )

If any readers of this blog manage to provoke my extreme jealousy by making it to Dan Wolf's Angry Black White Boy, please tell us what you thought of it in a comment.

Here's a feature article about Dan and the new play from the San Francisco Chronicle.

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