Clips: theatrical reading of “Ginger Smith and Billy Gee”

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Clips from “Ginger Smith and Billy Gee”_theatrical reading at Silas Von Morisse Gallery NY.  The scripted performance was 14:08 minutes with a talk afterward. The script was adapted from the graphic novel by Frances Barth, “Ginger Smith and Billy Gee.” This theatrical reading with 7 actors was directed by Ron Nakahara.

Graphic novel for sale on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Smith-Billy-Gee-Optimistic/dp/0692767266/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526489165&sr=8-1&keywords=ginger+smith+and+billy+gee

In this singular abstracted land, six characters drive forward the story in “Ginger Smith and Billy Gee” by the painter Frances Barth. In the family of a graphic novel, but also like a graphic poem, this is a book in two acts, with interspersed dreams of the main character Ginger. It turns its focus cinematically on the darkly comic relationship developing between Ginger, a painter, and Billy, an aspiring writer, after Ginger is dumped by Billy’s best friend.

Four other characters contriibute to the richness of the story. Hiker 1 and Hiker 2 are like figures in a Greek Chorus commenting on the action and entering and leaving the story line, and Male and Female add a Freudian coda to the proceedings. This is a winsome and jaunty artist tale, humorous, poetic and symbolic.

A full color book with all original drawings and text.