Sarah Stone, "Hungry Ghost Theater"
An inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the connections between hunger and art, duty and desire, and loss and survival. Brother and sister Robert and Julia Zamarin are trying to awaken the world to its peril with their tiny political theater company, while their sister Eva, a neuroscientist, searches for the biological roots of empathy. As Julia attempts to break free of Robert’s influence, Robert, as lost without her as she is without him, takes on dark material and drives away members of their company. Meanwhile, the whole family contends with the ongoing troubles of Eva’s youngest daughter, Arielle, as she struggles with addiction. The adventures of the eccentric, memorable Zamarin family take the reader from San Francisco to Seoul, from theater spaces to psychiatric hospitals, from Zanzibar to the Santa Cruz mountains, and into and through a series of Sumerian and Tibetan hells.