PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Todd Graff, Writer and Director of Cult Film "Camp," Picks Influential Show Tunes
02 Oct 2013
"Turkey Lurkey Time" from Promises, Promises. My sister Ilene's first show out of college was understudying the lead role on Broadway in Promises — not bad, huh? I was about nine and saw her virtually every time she went on. Great as she was — and is — it was "Turkey Lurkey" that blew my mind. So much so, that years later I made it the centerpiece of my film, "Camp."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.