Darger and the Detective - NEW BBC Radio Drama - cheops
Written by Mike Walker and starring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.
A play drawing on the writings of reclusive artist Henry Darger, imagining his inner life.
It focuses on two obsessions - of the hunter Detective and his prey, and two characters locked in a conflict that flickers between fantasy and the streets and which unfolds from 1910 to 1970. Recorded in Chicago by actors from the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
One episode of approximately one hour and forty minutes.
About Henry Darger: ( from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Darger )
Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. (April 12, 1892 – April 13, 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a janitor in Chicago, Illinois.
He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called 'The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion', along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story.
Darger's work has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art.
Having been institutionalised as a child, at the age of 16 he returned to Chicago and, with the help of his godmother, found menial employment in a Catholic hospital and in this fashion continued to support himself until his retirement in 1963. In 1930, Darger settled into a second-floor room on Chicago's North Side, at 851 W. Webster Avenue, in the Lincoln Park section of the city, near the DePaul University campus. It was in this room, more than 40 years later, after his death in 1973, that Darger's extraordinary secret life was discovered.
'The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion' extends over 15 immense, densely-typed volumes of 15,145 total pages.
The text is accompanied by three bound volumes of several hundred illustrations, scroll-like watercolor paintings on paper, the work of six decades, derived from magazines and coloring books. In addition, Darger wrote an eight volume, 5,084-page autobiography, 'The History of my Life'; a 10-year daily weather journal; assorted diaries; and a second work of fiction, provisionally entitled 'Crazy House', of over 10,000 handwritten pages.
First broadcast in 2009 on BBC Radio 3.
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