IN THE JUNGLE – A very cool Play in the Round at Brown Elephant in Andersonville

In the Jungle
 is a play about a fight between two men, George Garga and C Shlink.  

Edward Eberwine III plays  George Garga.  Written in Germany in 1921 but set in Chicago, 1912, In the Jungle portrays the arbitrary duel of a lumber merchant and a poor book clerk.  It takes place in the form of a boxing match, with each scene representing one round. Shlink is a wealthy lumber merchant at the start of the play and Garga is only a clerk in a book lending library. 

The setting was partially inspired by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, but contains Brecht’s unique imagination and mistaken assumptions about America.  Among the many themes of the play are communism, capitalism, animalism, love, hate and human isolation.  It is a dense, nihilistic portrayal of the human condition. 

The show is currently in rehearsals and will open at the Brown Elephant Thrift Store in Andersonville  on November 17th, 2011. 

How cool is that?!

Wakadoo Productions and the Howard Brown Health Organization are pleased to present Wallace Dirge’s adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, directed by Emmy-nominee Keaton Wooden. As part of an ongoing mission of Wakadoo Productions to use Art to serve the community in tangible ways, half of all ticket proceeds will go to the Howard Brown Health Organization to help promote sexual wellness in Chicago for the LGBT community.

Dirges’ In the Jungle, an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, is an allegorical story of the epic battle between a wealthy businessman and a poor bookseller in 1912 Chicago. The production will run from Nov. 17th-20th and Nov. 30th-Dec. 18th  (16 shows) at Brown Elephant, 5404 N Clark, at the site of the historic Calo Theatre in Andersonville. Each evening the thrift store will be transformed into a 1912 makeshift boxing ring, with set designed by the talented Shaun Renfro.

We want to make a powerful, memorable event that will not only affect Chicago emotionally, but also physically,” explains director Wooden. “This piece is a tale of the senseless power of hatred, its devilish intimacy and its ultimate destruction, how easily we resort to it and how painful the results are. The danger and perhaps even the draw of this story is its acknowledgment that we all have thought to resort to the vulgar actions made by these characters. I am thrilled to bring this haunting story to the Chicago community.”

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