Seattle Rep’s HERE LIES LOVE: Beyond the Theater

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents HERE LIES LOVE by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim from April 7 to May 28, 2017. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, CDs and films to enhance your experience of the show: Seattle Rep’s HERE LIES LOVE: Beyond the Theatre.

Seattle Rep will transform into a wild dance party for this one-of-a-kind song cycle. Here Lies Love follows the rise and fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, while the People’s Power Revolution led a campaign of civil resistance for the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines. The studio recording features a host of notable vocalists and musicians including Sharon Jones, Cyndi Lauper and Sia.

Ferdinand Marcos’ long reign over the Philippines had a number of lasting impacts, including a large global migration of Filipinos. Many Filipino writers explore this migration and its effect on Filipino identity in their work. Though not named directly, the Marcos presence is felt heavily in Mia Alvar’s short story collection In the Country. Another great short story collection, Lysley Tenorio’s Monstress, is full of black humor and provides a complex, distinctly Filipino-American perspective. In her novel Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn details life under Marcos through a disparate cast of characters and a wild series of events.

David Byrne cites Imelda Marcos’ love of discos and club life as one inspiration for Here Lies Love. Bobby Benedicto’s Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene examines dance clubs and beyond to show how class, privilege, violence, colonialism, and more influence and shape contemporary gay spaces in Manila.

If you want to hear more of David Byrne’s music, you might try a picking one of his solo albums or any Talking Heads at random. For a good overview, try The Best of Talking Heads. For a more experimental experience, check out My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, one of Byrne’s collaborations with Brian Eno. If you’re interested in Bryne’s creative way of thinking, his essay collection How Music Works is a broad, meditative examination of the ways creativity, technology, time, place and popular culture shape musical expression. For more of Fatboy Slim’s music, start with The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder.

For these suggestions and more see the booklist for Seattle Rep’s HERE LIES LOVE: Beyond the Theatre.

~ posted by Richard V.

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