Edward Gorey on Stage: Playwright, Director, Designer, Performer: a Multimedia Memoir

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Boom-Books, 2012 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 88 pages
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Renowned as an artist, author, and godfather of Goth, Edward Gorey was first and last a dramatist. This ingenious multimedia memoir is a homage to his famous pop-up books, and a rare backstage tour of his lifelong involvement in theater. From Harvard, where Gorey and roommate Frank O'Hara helped found the Poets' Theatre, to New York, where he designed the Tony-award-winning costumes and sets for Frank Langella's Dracula, to Cape Cod, where he steered his troupe of actors and puppets through twenty-odd original "entertainments," Edward Gorey delighted in uncoiling weird little stories into four-dimensional mini-dramas. Some were his familiar alphabet books and tales such as The Insect God and The Curious Sofa; others, such as Blithering Christmas, he composed specifically for venues from Provincetown to Cotuit to Woods Hole. This affectionate recap by his longtime friend and collaborator CJ Verburg is a great gift to any Edward Gorey fan: full of rare original drawings and notes, color photographs, script and review excerpts, and live links to film clips of Gorey himself performing onstage.

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About the author (2012)

Alongside a career in academic and trade publishing, CJ (Carol) Verburg helped found the Provincetown Playwrights' Lab and headed Cape Cod theater companies in Provincetown, Bourne, and Cotuit. There she produced the late artist Edward Gorey's many original "entertainments," and directed scripts ranging from Hamlet (with a Gorey set design) to under-the-radar U.S. debuts of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle and Peter Shaffer's The Gift of the Gorgon (by special permission from the authors). Carol's own plays include The Whistling Pig (Cotuit; honorable mention, Jane Chambers Award), The Abduction (Bourne; Utah Shakespearean Festival), Lady Day in Love (Bourne, Sandwich, San Francisco), and Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians (winner, 2011 Ashland New Plays Festival and 2012 Women Playwrights Series, Centenary Stage Co.) She currently lives and works in San Francisco, writing the Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery series (Croaked, Zapped) and the Cory Goodwin mystery series (Silent Night Violent Night, Another Number for the Road), starring the journalist daughter of Rex Stout's detective Archie Goodwin. Carol is also the founder and leader of the Indie Publishers' Working Group, editor of the quarterly Semaphore, and a member of Sisters in Crime.

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