Toney Brown has fashioned an experimental play based on A Crack Up at the Race Riots by Harmony Korine. The play meditates on the Artaudian notion of psychology and suicide, focusing on how the term "mad" is thrust upon those who dare to speak unbearable truths to society. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the piece August 27 to September 16, directed by Brown.
The text of the play is taken directly from the novel and is brought to life on stage with a cast of seven performers. The play starts off with Tupac Shakur reading a letter to his mother followed by several vignettes, occasionally with Shakur interrupting with another letter to a different recipient. Each vignette contains a story of a unique individual in the community, ranging from a 19-year-old crack dealer discussing literature with his ex-high school librarian to a son recounting the abusive relationship his mother and father had over the years. At the end, the performers kill themselves.