The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presented by Literature to Life Company

The Glade

September 14, 2022

6:30 pm

Literature to Life brings their thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao to Little Island. The story chronicles the life of Oscar, an overweight science-fiction enthusiast who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. Encapsulating magical realism and Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents audiences with an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere, and risk it all in the name of love.

The Story
Oscar de Leon is an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, N.J. who obsesses over science fiction, fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Despite the endless taunting from friends, family, and foes, Oscar remains true to himself, as the family curse declares its power and the violence of Oscar’s family history collides with his present.

This Literature to Life presentation features the delicately brutal words of Junot Díaz, detailing the life-long alienation of the love obsessed Oscar as narrated by his unlikely friend, Yunior. Through this 60 minute exploration of brotherhood, fantasy stories, and what it means to be a “Dominican man”, we come to understand the culture of fear and violence that resulted from Trujillo’s 30+ years dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love.

LITERATURE TO LIFE (LTL) is a performance-based literacy program that presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of American literary classics. Our mission is to perform great books that inspire young people to read and become authors of their own lives.

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*This event is part of Our Second Annual Storytelling Festival.