THE EMPIRE BUILDERS by Boris Vian

TROPISMES Reading Series at JACK in Brooklyn, NY. ​*staged reading* - March 12, 2013.

Sauda Jackson -- actor.

Eric Magnus -- actor.

Michael Renna -- actor.

Rachel Richman -- actor.
Kevin Doyle -- Director, dramaturgy and adaptation.

Presented as part of the TROPISMES Reading Series that was held at JACK in Brooklyn from 2012-2013. The classic (and rarely performed) absurdist play THE EMPIRE BUILDERS by the late French poet, musician, and playwright Boris Vian -- was adapted into an American context. The French general who serves as the patriarch of the family was transposed to an American Commander-in-Chief supervising a fading empire encroached upon my the mysterious schmurz. The British English references were eliminated and adapted to a contemporary American, consumerist vocabulary; one that reflects recent American military engagements around the world since 9/11.

Kevin Doyle - writer / director

"THE AЯTS" - world premiere - September 2018 at La MaMa E.T.C. New York, NY

2018-2019 Saari Invited Artist at the Saari Residence. Kone Foundation, Finland

2018 Global Connections IN THE LAB Grant. TCG / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, USA

2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Finalist. Royal Exchange Theatre, England

 

"The sting of the playwright's satire is softened only by his gift for comic absurdity." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Hilarious satire of social norms that touches on everything that is wrong with America." -- TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Clearly unafraid to deal with reality, and present it unflinchingly." -- SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

"Socially critical drama without an accusing finger or a whiny political tone." -- DE MORGEN

"Doyle's clever, sparing use of language recalls Ionesco's best." -- BACKSTAGE

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