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Podcast Episode 115: Stuart Gordon, Kurt Vonnegut And The Sirens Of Titan

Sacred Fools Theater Company brings 40-year-old adaptation of Vonnegut novel to stage

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Sacred Fools Theater Company is currently staging a production of "The Sirens of Titan" that Stuart Gordon adapted 40 years ago with the help of author Kurt Vonnegut.

Episode 115: Stuart Gordon, Kurt Vonnegut and 'Sirens Of Titan'

Journey across the galaxy for a talk with Stuart Gordon about adapting Kurt Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan' to the stage 40 years ago and seeing it revived now at Sacred Fools Theater Company.

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Forty years ago, Stuart Gordon adapted Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “The Sirens of Titan” to the stage. Now, Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles is reviving that adaptation and finding it surprisingly topical.

Cinema Junkie Podcast takes another theater field trip to look at how Sacred Fools unearthed Gordon’s 1977 play and mounted a new production.

Gordon is probably best known for directing such cult horror classics as “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond.” But he initially worked in theater before turning to a career in film. A few years back, he created a brilliant musical adaptation of “Re-Animator” called “Re-Animator The Musical.” I became an avid fan of that show and followed it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can check out my podcast about that fabulous show in Cinema Junkie Episode 41.

In 1977, he adapted and then directed a stage version of Vonnegut’s “The Sirens of Titan” for Chicago’s Organic Theater. He even worked with Vonnegut on the adaptation, and the novelist insisted that he not be overly faithful to the original text. In fact, Gordon recalled, Vonnegut suggested he treat the material as if “I’ve been dead for 10 years.”

For Sacred Fools, Ben Rock directs the new production. Rock and Gordon previously collaborated on the Ovation-nominated cannibalistic love story “Taste,” which I included in Cinema Junkie Podcast 113 on Gourmet Cannibals.

In case you can't tell, I love Stuart Gordon’s work so make an effort to check this new show out.


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