Dreyer-Lude, Melanie: 2012-2013 Small Grant


Melanie Dreyer-Lude (Department of Performing and Media Arts)

Project Title: 
Crazy Blood (temporary title) to be Performed in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Project Abstract: 
Crazy Blood is a play that was adapted from the French film La Journée de la jupe by Berlin theater artists at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in 2010. Ballhaus Naunynstrasse is a Turkish post-immigrant collective of artists with no formal theater training, and is primarily populated by second and third generation Turkish-Germans. In spite of their lack of ‘legitimate’ credentials, this group has received rave reviews from the German press. Their most famous production, Crazy Blood, takes place in a high school classroom in an immigrant neighborhood (Kreuzberg) in Berlin. This production will be the second adaptation of the film, and will dramatize the issues and challenges facing the Latino/a population in the southwestern sector of the United States. The research team, comprised of director Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Latino-American dramaturg Jimmy Noriega, and Turkish-German dramaturg Neco Çelik, will visit a variety of locations and neighborhoods in Arizona, Mexico, Missouri and Berlin, and discuss possible themes and issues that could be applied to the adaptation of the play. This production will play for two weekends in April 2013 in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.