(James Franco and Laurel Nakadate Consult Tennessee Williams via Ouija)
We’ve seen a lot in terms of performance art, but this one challenges a whole new set of boundaries into the “other world”. Paddle8 and Performa have together co-commissioned Three Performances in Search of Tennessee, a three-part project by Laurel Nakadate and James Franco loosely based on Tennessee Williams’ famous play The Glass Menagerie (1944), involving a séance and karaoke-style auditions.
In part one, Nakadate and Franco will communicate with Tennessee Williams through a Ouija board and receive instructions from the author’s spirit. Paddle8 will stream select portions of the performance, happening at the Abrons Art Center on November 13, to a global audience via its website. Mark your calendars.
To read more details on the overall event, link to www.PADDLE8.com for these Performa 11’ broadcasts and check out all the mystical dialogues.