Just six weeks after his release from prison, on July 18, 1981, Jack Henry Abbott stabbed a young waiter to death at the all-night East Village café Binibon. Making the incident even more tragic was the fact that Norman Mailer, who had been corresponding with Abbott in prison, championed him as a talented writer and made a case for his early parole. Returning to the scene of the crime, award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp centers his new work, Binibon, on that infamous night. The music-theater piece, with text by science-fiction author Jack Womack, features Sharp performing the live compositions he developed around the time of the murder that blend punk, No Wave, noise, and electronic dance music.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 6. Continues through May 9, 2009
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