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John Jesurun

Chang in a Void Moon, John Jesurun’s “living film serial,” played at the Pyramid Club, at 101 Avenue A, every Monday night at nine-thirty and eleven for a year, starting in June 1982. It was perhaps the first of many “episodic plays” to appear in New York downtown theater, and it came about when Jesurun, lacking funds to produce his film scripts, decided to stage them instead.

The decision to offer me the role of Chang, a nefarious businessman with international connections and “diplomatic immunity in 52 countries,” resulted from Jesurun’s desire to double-cast the part in order to relieve the actress playing it from the weekly responsibility. The production formula rarely varied: We performed on Monday; Jesurun wrote a new script on Tuesday; we met at his apartment to read it on Wednesday and Friday. Basic staging was done at the Pyramid on Sunday, often to be modified up until the moments

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