By David Turkel

February 23 – March 5, 2011


Inspired by Yukio Mishima’s modern adaptations of classic Noh dramas, David Turkel’s

STROKE/ BOOK tell two stories about the intertwined worlds of the living and the dead.


In STROKE, a scheming Victorian family forces a young girl to confront her burgeoning womanhood through a hasty courtship. Over the course of a single evening, she reunites with her dead twin brother and discovers a terrifying truth about the place she inhabits.


BOOK, set in contemporary America, begins with a teenager soliciting a prostitute with money he earned from babysitting her mentally challenged son. This proposition launches a pattern of shame and betrayal that pursues the boy for decades – through war and recovery, fame and anonymity, marriage and divorce, and, possibly, future generations.

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