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« on: May 22, 2005, 05:08:14 AM »
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FRANNY & ZOOEY at De Appel
17 - 29 Aug 2004

De Appel presents FRANNY AND ZOOEY (after J.D. Salinger):
a play, an installation, a library, a film programme by Will Stuart. Karen Roise Kielland is FRANNY, Kenneth Homstad is ZOOEY, Annemiek Lelijveld is BESSIE.
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FRANNY AND ZOOEY
(after J.D. Salinger)

by Will Stuart

The project FRANNY AND ZOOEY is foremost an adaptation/translation of J.D. Salinger's (1961) book. Originally written in two discrete but related parts, the De Appel project is based on the second Zooey episode. It follows three characters - sister and brother Franny and Zooey, and their mother Bessie apartment one morning. Franny is going through a spiritual breakdown; the story explores issues of mysticism, religion, family, celebrity, education, and intellectualism. The narrator of the book, Franny and Zooey's older brother Buddy, opens the story:

...what I am about to offer isn't really a short story at all but a sort of prose home movie, and those who have seen the footage have strongly advised me against any elaborate distribution plans for it. ... it isn't a mystical story, or a religiously mystifying story, at all. I say it's a compound, or multiple love story, pure and complicated.

FRANNY AND ZOOEY is directed and produced by Will Stuart (Will Holder and Stuart Bailey, both graphic designers), previously responsible for the related projects Love/Hate List (De Appel, 2002) and TOURETTE'S II (W139, 2003). They state: 'A key part of the motivation behind this proposal and our other recent collaborations is a shared desire to move beyond the scale and limitations of (making) printed matter. We fully consider projects such as these as being closely related to our past and present graphic work, though now projected on a larger scale; in three rather than two dimensions; involving people and performance rather than text and image; and with immediate, tangible rather than delayed, invisible public response.'

Founded on a shared love for Salinger's work, the idea to turn the book into theatre was specifically produced for the De Appel building that could 'play the part' of the family residence, the narrow multi-storey building and different-sized rooms fitting the role of what was originally an upper-Manhattan apartment. 'From this point', says Will Stuart, 'the form of the play seemed to design itself - involving the audience following the characters around the building as scenes move from room to room.'

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2005, 10:10:07 AM »
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Quote from: flagpolespecial
can anyone elaborate on why none of salinger's work has been adapted cinematically?


FROM IMDB.COM
Salinger was so incensed by Hollywood's treatment of his story "Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut" that he has refused to sell the movie rights to any of his stories to Hollywood. It is reported that his last will and testament has a stipulation blocking any Hollywood adaptations of his works after his death.

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i just had a thought. i really believe gary ross would be the perfect film-maker to adapt catcher in the rye. hypothetically.


i don't think gary ross would be the perfect director for anything

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2005, 09:07:18 PM »
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so was it just a horrible cock-teasing-esque rumor that Salinger and Terrence Malick had spoken about doing Catcher in the Rye?

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2005, 11:31:55 AM »
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so was it just a horrible cock-teasing-esque rumor that Salinger and Terrence Malick had spoken about doing Catcher in the Rye?


God, let's hope so, no offense in any way to Malick.  Better him than almost anyone else but I just don't see the story as translating to visual medium at all.

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2005, 11:50:48 AM »
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Better him than almost anyone else but I just don't see the story as translating to visual medium at all.

it could work, the ending especially is pretty cinematic.
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