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“Sometimes I feel like
  Schopenhauer on ecstasy!”

 

 
     
 
E X C E R P T   F R O M  S O N G  O F  M Y S E L F  D V D
SoM DVD

 
Video excerpt from John O’Keefe's adaptation of
Walt Whitman’s epic poem “SONG OF MYSELF”

“It’s the sort of event that makes you wonder, after sitting through it, how you ever lived without it.’ —Michael Feingold, Village Voice

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D O W N L O A D   T H E   S C R I P T
 
Disgrace

An exhilarating escape from an unusual confinement leads three women to run for the hills in a comical and terrifying attempt to claim the higher ground.

 

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Saying Emily

“... Doors must never be closed lest they never open again and must never be left open for then the whole outside could barge in, the sun and outer space as well. From breath to breath something blew my little paper boat along the buzz, and I didn’t know what it was or who, and I feared it would stop, and I dare not scream and I dare not shout and I dare not be silent for the noise of the buzz. I finally understood my mother, why she filled her mind with Emily’s poems so Emily could say her mind for her. ...”

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D O W N L O A D   T H E   S C R I P T
 
Shimmer

“In Shimmer, a rivetingly kinetic solo performance piece, ... O’Keefe's prose recaptures with astounding fidelity the turbulent, quick-changing emotions and acute sensory experience of adolescence.”

—Stephen Holden
The New York Times

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D O W N L O A D   T H E   S C R I P T
 
Reapers

“... this is no ordinary farm, and this is no ordinary family. They are dysfunctional — only in a global, cosmic sense. When first we see and hear veteran actor Tom Lillard (writer O'Keefe's updated version of a Greek chorus) we are told about nature as a moving, fitful entity in the lives of us all. And in this case, it's nature that will be avenged against the crazed members of the Fox family who are destined to oblivion. ...”
— Ed Kaufman, Reuters

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D O W N L O A D   T H E   S C R I P T
 
The Deatherians

“... Donít you just hate Nature? All these creatures that scream and scramble and slither and swing about the trees. But Nature is a dumb animal. It can't sense its own hideous intrusion into Oblivion, like a sliver in the eye of a blind man. It is consciousness that I abhor. No one should have to witness it ...”

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G A L L E R Y

DISGRACE

Poster for production of
John O’Keefe’s DISGRACE
at Occidental College

Design by Ursula Angell

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singing Emily
Singing Emily

Listen HERE to the poetry of
Emily Dickenson
set to music and performed
by John O’Keefe


 
S C R I P T S
   

 
All Night Long

(PDF)


Brontë Cycle

(PDF)  

 
The Deatherians

(PDF)  
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Disgrace

(PDF)

 
Ghosts

(PDF)


Glamour

(PDF)


The Magician

(Word Doc)


Reapers

(PDF)


Saying Emily

(Word Doc)
(PDF)


Shimmer

(PDF)


Spook

(PDF)


The Sunshine's
A Glorious Bird

(Word Doc)


Times Like These

(PDF)


Vid

(Word Doc)