NABOKV-L post 0022989, Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:19:23 -0400

"Gods" by VN to be performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
[EDNOTE. Meghan Vicks forwards this announcement about a production. --
From: Alexis Macnab <>
Hello friends!
I'm writing to you as a select few of my friends and colleagues who are

1) writers,
2) academics,
3) know writers and academics
4) might be able to pass this on to English departments around the
country who want to promote literature adaptations for the stage.

This summer, I am taking a multi-media stage adaptation of the short
story "Gods" by Vladimir Nabokov to perform at the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe. It's a big deal. First of all, the Fringe is the largest arts
festival in the world, and presenting work there is a chance to connect
with a global audience. Second, "Gods" is easily one of the most
beautiful things written in the English language and IT DESERVES TO BE
SHOWCASED! It's a little-known short-short by Nabokov, and we're going
to shine a giant-floodlight-special on it and try to get 13 sold-out
houses to see it this August in Scotland!

I'm wondering if you know of any Nabokov scholars, or just even lovers!,
who might be willing to support the show. ANY support is appreciated,
and support comes in many forms. If I could just get the word spread
about the piece, so that English departments and/or Nabokov enthusiasts
knew about it I would be so thrilled! The story is extraordinary, and
I'm very happy with the show we've created around it. It would be ideal
if folks could come see it, but any vote of confidence goes a long way!
More info is below.

This is a link to the current teaser trailer for the show:
And this is our IndieGoGo fund-raising campaign:

Thank you,
Alexis Macnab <>

CalArts Festival Theater presents GODS, Vladimir Nabokov’s exquisite
short story in lush storytelling, movement and video. A couple copes
with the death of their infant son by delving into the beauty of the
world. A picture of grief, resilience, and how tragedy opens our eyes to
unspeakable beauty, Gods takes us on an emotionally redemptive journey.
A young writer strolls with his wife on a beautiful afternoon, telling
her wild fables to lighten her heavy heart. This intimate and
heartbreaking monologue is illuminated by physical storytelling and
richly layered video projection in an exploration of what we say when
words are not enough. Lead by Alexis Macnab ("beyond amazing", the creator of last year’s Hôtel de l’Avenir,
(“spellbinding,” "a real treat," “FOUR STARS”) at last year’s Fringe,
this team of devisers returns to Edinburgh with their own style of
hybrid and personal performance.
On our campaign:

Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, Genevieve Gearhart and Alexis Macnab are part
of group of kindred artists who met at The California Institute of the
Arts. We have been brought together by our love for and belief in
collaborative development, hybrid and cross-genre art forms, and a
commitment to challenging ourselves and our techniques to create unique
and innovative work. This piece was further inspired by a show we all
saw last summer at the Fringe, and as we bring it to Scotland we are
fulfilling the greatest goal that artists set for each other: to make
work that inspires thoughts, feelings, and an artistic dialogue spanning
across nations, culture and media. "Everything in the world is
beautiful, but Man only recognizes beauty if he sees it either seldom or
from afar" - from GODS by Vladimir Nabokov. Our job as artists is to
create instances for the beauty of the world to be framed so that it is

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