On Stage: City of Glass

Paul Auster's "meta-detective novel" City of Glass will be staged in Manchester and London next year "in a new hi-tech adaptation," the Guardian reported, noting that this is the first theater show originated by 59 Productions, "whose projects have included the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, the V&A exhibition David Bowie Is and the sound-and-light spectacular Deep Time at this year's Edinburgh international festival." The project will be at Home in Manchester March 4-18 and then at the Lyric Hammersmith in London, from April 20 to May 13. An international tour will follow. See the trailer here.

The look of the new production was inspired by a graphic novel based on City of Glass by David Mazzucchelli and Paul Karasik. Duncan Macmillan, who adapted the book for the stage, said he first read it as a teenager and was "dazzled by its formal innovation and sheer weight of ideas. For such a short novella, it buzzes with thoughts about literature and authorship, about identity and time and death and faith, all within a mystery story that deconstructs itself as if it's been corrupted by a virus."

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