Neon Crow

Neon Crow

Neon Crow Theatre Lab (Toni Presti and I) produced, directed, and performed our  one project, The Dread Road, text by Meridel LeSueur, as both a staged and recorded radio drama. The radio show was featured on WBAI, won a National Federation of Broadcast Silver Reel Award and is available at the New York Public Library Performance Arts Research Center.  As an actress in Minneapolis, Toni met Meridel and was deeply inspired by Meridel’s work and vision. Meridel was an American writer associated with the proletarian movement of the 1930s and 1940s. The Dread Road, published by West End Press is “The last work published in the author’s lifetime, this multi-voiced account of a bus trip from Albuquerque to Denver passing the site of the Ludlow Massacre is also a journey through the purgatory of American consciousness.  This novella, rich in allusions to writers including Whitman, Poe, and Lawrence, has also influenced a number of contemporary authors, especially women of color.  Particularly noticeable is the triple arrangement of texts on a page, with quotations from Edgar Allen Poe on the left, the core text in the center, and lyrical outcries suggesting the narrator’s memory on the right.  The work is being hailed by recent critics as a major postmodernist breakthrough.” Masterfully edited for the stage and directed by Toni Presti, our production featured the voices of Lisa Collins, Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, Tom Knutson, Rachel Kramer, Daniel Mailley, Toni Presti, Jason Webb and myself, engineered/recorded by Ephraim Kehlmann. Meridel remains an inspiration to us and we’d especially like to thank her daughter, Rachel Tilsen, for supporting this production.