Have you seen John Moran's Book of the Dead at the Public Theater? Want to get a better idea what that experimental work is all about? Come to Joe's Pub, just off the Public Theater, on Nov. 30 at 6:30 PM, when Moran speaks with New York Times Arts and Leisure Editor John Rockwell.
Book of the Dead, called "A John Moran Attraction," is a musical multimedia rumination on American spirituality in the digital age. The piece, which is dubbed "genre-exploding" in its style, travels from "the sunlit optimism of Ancient Egypt, through a day in the life of New York City's Second Avenue...to a Tibetan vision of the afterworld."
The show has three sections, the middle part being the most substantive. The action of this segment takes place on and about the East Village stretch of Second Avenue, specifically inside a McDonald's restaurant on that street. Moran has said that Second Avenue has specific personal connotations for him.
Rockwell will ask Moran about his other works as well as Book of the Dead. The program is free, but reservations are suggested. Call (212) 539-8685.
—By Robert Simonson