In 1902, a poet attempts to stage the world’s first “perfume concert.”
On the assassination of a half-Palestinian, half-Jewish cultural revolutionary.
A son tries to make sense of his mother’s end.
On tragedy, mythology, and the spectacular crash of the Spider-Man musical and its creator, Julie Taymor.
The macabre, ultra-violent plays put on at the Grand Guignol defined an era in Paris, attracting foreign tourists, aristocrats, and celebrities. Goering and Patton saw plays there in the same year. But the carnage of WWII ultimately undermined the shock of Guignol’s brutality, and audiences disappeared.
Tony Kushner and the burdens of being one of the last public intellectuals in American theater.