Professor Diablo’s True Revue is a collaborative performance series featuring writers, musicians, visual artists, and others who make extensive use of documentary fieldwork and research in the creation of their art.

The theme for the first show, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” features a writer (Donovan Hohn) whose first book is a story about rubber ducks, plastic, and the mysteries of the ocean; a Guggenheim Fellow and media artist (Marina Zurkow) whose latest work in animation and manga explores the agency of petrochemicals and plastics; and a songwriter (Django Haskins) of exceeding plasticity and range. Future performances of Professor Diablo’s True Revue will explore themes such as love, war, and food and will feature all new artists, writers, and musicians.

“We want to expand the audience’s idea of what a ‘documentary’ work can be,” says CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell. “And we’re going to do this with artists whose work relies on the immersive research and fieldwork that we champion here, who will create something that’s more than a reading, more than an opening, more than a night of music—a performance that’s unique and unexpected, and yet seems harmonious and inevitable when it’s done.

“We hope that we’re beginning something that will have real longevity and become a valued and complementary addition to the growing literary and arts scenes here in Durham and in the Triangle,” Murrell says. “It’s going to be fun.”

Video produced by Joel Mora.

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