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Nothing glorious about it: Turning Baudelaire into sounds and stories.


No odes or epithets to the beauty of nature. No lauding of great people. It was the mundane life that you muddled through, and the times you're just lying in bed and can't get up - giving an expression to the inner angst, and the problems of life.

Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen stops by the studio to celebrate the life of the poet Charles Baudelaire, a sadsack not cut out for the banal, Trumpy times of the French Second Republic, and talks about adapting Baudelaire's Les fleurs du mal into this weekend's hand-drawn, hand-cranked, song-cycle adaptation, "Closed Casket."

Theater Oobleck's performance of CLOSED CASKET: The Complete, Final And Absolutely Last Baudelaire In A Box is this weekend, then never again!

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Dave Buchen

Dave Buchen has been living in Puerto Rico since the previous century. There he home-schools his two kids and makes theater with Theater Oobleck and El Teatro Barbaro, and plays music with La Banda Municipal de Makula Barun.


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