The Emperor Jones



FringeArts presented the Philadelphia premiere of the Wooster Group's production of Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones during the 2007 Fringe Festival, starring company member Kate Valk in the title role. "The particular triumph of [director] Elizabeth LeCompte's interpretation," wrote The New York Times critic Ben Brantley, "is its ability to relocate the play in a contemporary context while holding on to the shadowy, hypnotic qualities that first unsettled audiences of the 1920s. You should know that while doing so, this production uses such unlikely (but for this company, classic) devices as a set of television monitors, a wheelchair and Kabuki-flavored soft-shoe routines." This production was previously presented in Vienna, Brussels, Munich, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Belfast, and New York City.