Join hosts Dixie Treichel & John Townsend on Fresh Fruit, Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7pm for an evening of crime, passion, poetry and censorship. Walt Whitman pictured.
Guests: Justin Kirkeberg, Jenna Papke, Patrick Scully
Justin Kirkeberg, director
NEVER THE SINNER, written by John Logan, directed by Justin Kirkeberg
"Never the Sinner" is the shocking true story of lovers and murderers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. Two well off young men in the heart of the roaring twenties, in an effort to commit the perfect crime, find themselves at the center of the crime of the century. Based on true events, we are introduced to some of the real life players in 1920's criminal justice, such as staunch anti capital punishment attorney Clarence Darrow and the Cook County State's attorney. We also get a peek inside the complicated relationship between Leopold and Loeb. While on the surface this is a compelling story of murder and justice, at its core it is a love story.
Jenna Papke, director
Orpheus Descending, written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Jenna Papke
Welcome to Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1957, where history is never forgotten, mistakes never forgiven, and strangers never accepted. Lady, trying to keep her store open while her reviled husband slowly dies upstairs, hires newcomer Valentine Xavier, who owns nothing but his guitar and is viewed with distrust and desire by everyone including Lady. Inevitably these two lost souls are pulled closer, but breaking the rules has consequences.
Patrick Scully, producer, creator, performance artist
“Leaves of Grass - Uncut” by Patrick Scully
“Leaves of Grass - Uncut” by Patrick Scully is a work in progress that will be a multi-disciplinary performance about poet Walt Whitman, presenting the complexity and courage of his art, spirituality and sexuality, his life and times. His work and life changed western culture, creating space for everyone, and especially queer people, to live their lives more freely, but his era forced him to write cryptically about his sexual attraction to other men. It’s time to bring Walt out of the closet, for everyone to know him uncensored, undoing decades of denial by mainstream US culture.