If you ever saw “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed around the old BMX hills in pre-renovation Washington Square Park, you know one aspect of Christopher Carson Sanderson’s work. The founding artistic director of Gorilla Rep, which has been presenting free theater in the park most summers since 1993, Sanderson pioneered the site-specific, roving, audience-chases-actors approach to Shakespeare and introduced New Yorkers to the Bard’s populist spirit.
Now Sanderson is pioneering again, this time as the author of the first novel to be composed and published on Twitter. “1000, a Novel in Tweets” is composed of 1000 tweets that the author posted to the social media network over a period of several months, accumulating more than 9,000 followers – a larger audience than many traditional novelists have for their printed books. Like the audience for Gorilla Rep’s Shakespeare, many joined midway to enjoy some free literature, and some stayed through the end; a large number, Sanderson says, were teens.
Sanderson joined us last week about his book in advance of his visit on February 12 to the Senior Planet Exploration Center to present his work to the Senior Planet Book Club. (Click here for details.)
We conducted the Q&A on Twitter, joined by several members of the Senior Planet Exploration Center and followers. What follows in an excerpt.
“1000, a Novel in Tweets” is available to read on Twitter by clicking here. To read, scroll to the bottom of the Twitter feed and read upward. Happy scrolling!