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LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN (adapted from Hubert Selby Yr.)

Hosted by the Consul of the Brussels Theater Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Fri 26 Oct 20:00 - 22:45

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To share 24 hours of the life of five families in a building, in a popular area of New York , is what proposes Isabelle Pousseur,well known Belgian theatre director, actress and teacher. She founded the Théâtre Séquelles in1980, then the Théâtre du Ciel Noir Protected content became the present Théâtre Océan Nord.

The play is an adaptation of the homonymous novel by the American author Hubert Selby Jr. ( Protected content ). Selby wrote about a harsh underworld seldom portrayed in literature. His first novel was prosecuted for obscenity in Great Britain in Protected content banned in Italy, prompting defences from many leading authors such as Anthony Burgess. He was highly influential to more than a generation of writers; for more than 20 years, he taught creative writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he lived full-time after Protected content .

The novel has become a cult classic because of its harsh, uncompromising look at lower class Brooklyn in the Protected content and for its brusque, everyman style of prose. In Pousseur's adaptation, the plot is place at the end of the 70's.
Critics and fellow writers praised the book on its release. Due to its frank portrayals of taboo subjects, such as drug use, street violence, gang rape, homosexuality, transvestism and domestic violence it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the United Kingdom and was banned in Italy.

In Isabelle Pousseur own words: "this play is a sort of "world show" because it gives life to some 50 characters who live in those flats, cross those alleys, dance on Saturday nights and fight every night: by doing so, I had the impression of living several lives and I wished to make the public share the same experience."

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