Written by Lonely Christopher Directed by Alexandra Zelman-Doring
Voyages, the new play by Lonely Christopher, is about the short life of Modernist poet Hart Crane as he attempts to create a “mystic synthesis” of American culture in his writing while dealing with debilitating familial psychodrama and the dangers of loving men in a homophobic society. Careening through the Prohibition years in Cleveland, New York City, Hollywood, and the Gulf of Mexico, the drunken author challenges and attempts to transcend the moral order of his time and place. Surviving privation, humiliation, and the wages of vagabondage, Hart Crane negotiates the foibles and prejudices of literary friends and runs into the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Malcolm Cowley, Isadora Duncan, Jean Toomer, and Ramon Navarro. Openly queer and with a penchant for sailors, Crane’s sex life is as scandalous and radical as his baroque, mythical, and yet strongly modern American verse. Exhaustively researched and full of linguistic pyrotechnics, Voyages animates the world of Hart Crane as never before. Join the poet on his voyage to discover Atlantis!
Starring Gore Abrams as Hart Crane
Featuring Tony Torn Jessica Weinstein Roland Sands Bill Weeden Liam Torres Brooks Borden Asia Boostani Leo DeFriend & Stephen Ira as a Young Hustler
About Experiments Play Reading Series
For the 2018-19 season, Experiments looks to the past while seeking out new emerging playwrights of all backgrounds. Experiments: 19 “Class Acts” will present works in progress inspired by classical texts. Each month, we will select an up-and-coming playwright who has re-imagined Shakespeare, a Greek tragedy or any number of classical texts to create a new, vibrant work that speaks to us today.