It’s always fascinating to be a small piece of an enormous work, such as This is Reading. For months, you hear bits and bobs about the grand scheme but focus only on your tiny piece. This past weekend, we saw it all come together at Franklin Street Station.
“You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce” recently had its world premiere at The Flea Theater in New York. The play consisted of verbatim conversations the four onstage actors had with their parents about the parents’ divorces. Following the performances, the company presented a series of Salon Nights, in which artists crafted new monologues or songs from audience responses, online comments, and interviews. This episode features some of that material.
First up is a new monologue by New Yorker scribe Michael Schulman, performed by the author and his sister Alyssa Schulman, for which he interviewed their grandmother about a secret divorce in her past. Then Kamara Thomas sings her original song “Onions,” which she wrote about a break-up. To close the episode, Jason Grote and his writing partner Marisa Michelson present an original song crafted from internet comments.
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