SPARKS In Christopher Nuñez’s In the Palm of a Giant, Zendejas and Shinez one-up each other in a flirtatious battle of wits as the world lurches toward apocalypse. Following these references leads to the lyric works that illuminate the poetic consciousness of the twosome. Here are a few of those citations:
As we live we hardly realize that we are alive…. To relive what we’ve seen by the lucid light of memory would be unbearable and, as far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t be brave enough. —CAMEN BOULLOSA, BEFORE
You do not hear the remarkable music— ‘A Death Song For You Before You Die.’ If you could hear it you would make music too.
IN THE PALM OF A GIANT
[…]” —GWENDOLYN BROOKS, FROM RIOT
The worst thing about dying alone, he used to say, is not being able to say good-bye. And why would you want to say good-bye when you’re dying, Rookie? —ROBERTO BOLAÑO, THE SKATING RINK
Lay curlicued words directly upon the death, silk side down. Grind wildflowers until they have misted and become much closer to air, then rub the bursted smell into the harm. ... —PATRICIA SMITH, BLOOD DAZZLER
& the airplanes start falling like 1 scene from a silent movie where the arms of the dying spin like propeller blades without explaining why the horizon is slobbered with fire —MARIO SANTIAGO PAPASQUIARO, ADVICE FROM 1 DISCIPLE OF MARX TO 1 HEIDEGGER FANATIC
There was death nearby. I knew that. The smell was unmistakable. —OCTAVIA BUTLER, PARABLE OF THE TALENTS
Thursday, November 2 at 8PM Friday, November 3 at 4PM and 8PM Saturday, November 4 at 4PM Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street
—PATRICK YOUNG, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG
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2 0 1 7– 1 8 S E A S O N
NOVEMBER 2–4, 2017
YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA James Bundy, Dean Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean Chantal Rodriguez, Associate Dean Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., Assistant Dean PRESENTS
IN THE PALM OF A GIANT
BY CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL NÚÑEZ DIRECTED BY JECAMIAH YBAÑEZ
Associate Production Manager SAYANTEE SAHOO
Associate Managing Director MELISSA ROSE
Production Stage Manager SHELBY NORTH
Assistant Managing Director and House Manager LAURA CORNWALL
Crew ZACHRY J. BAILEY VALERIE TU BEATRICE VENA
Management Assistants LUCIA BACQUÉ DANI BARLOW
in alphabetical order Sound Designer MEGUMI KATAYAMA Production Dramaturg PATRICK YOUNG Stage Manager ABIGAIL GANDY Music JAN PAUL CRUZ (A.K.A. THE BRAINIUS) Poetry Editor SAFIA ELHILLO
Shinez Wanjiku AMANDLA JAHAVA Zendejas Asuncíon Gaviria JAKE RYAN LOZANO Time ANONYMOUS (AND.ON.I.MUST)
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The Liberty Inn Hotel, New York, New York In The Palm of A Giant is performed without an intermission.
SPECIAL THANKS TK
Front: Black Suprematic Square by Kazimir Malevich, 1915
IN THE PALM OF A GIANT by Christopher Gabriel Nuñez. Yale School of Drama, 2017.