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Jonathan Franzen's 'House for Sale' to premiere off-Broadway

August 31, 2012|By Jamie Wetherbe
  • Jonathan Franzen, author of "Freedom" the LA Public Library Aloud series at the Aratani/Japan America Theater. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Jonathan Franzen, author of "Freedom" the LA Public Library… (Robert Gauthier )

"House for Sale," a stage adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's essay, will make its off-Broadway debut Oct. 21 to Nov. 18 at the Duke on 42nd Street.

In the piece, Franzen wrote about trying to sell his childhood home after his mother’s death for a price she would find appropriate.

Daniel Fish, who adapted the piece and will direct the show, said Franzen's essay will be presented on stage verbatim, although not entirely the way the National Book Award-winning novelist wrote it.

The cast includes Rob Campbell, Christina Rouner, Lisa Joyce, Merritt Janson and Michael Rudko.

This spring, Fish brought the voice of novelist David Foster Wallace to the stage with “A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’LL NEVER DO AGAIN (after David Foster Wallace).”

With no two performances alike, a cast of five listened to Wallace's readings and interviews through headphones and re-created what they heard.

Franzen, who penned “The Corrections” and “Freedom,” wrote the essay "Farther Away" about the death of Wallace, his close friend.

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