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We already reported back in January that local playwright Richard Byrne had scored the coup of getting the seminal-punk-rocker-turned-insurgent-country-singer Jon Langford to write original songs for Bryne’s play Nero/Pseudo, about a man who successfully impersonated the Roman emperor Nero Claudius Caesar in Greece the year after Nero’s death.
Byrne blogged last week about how he’d come to decide that glam rock would be the most suitable musical style for his play, and now you can hear the results. In advance of his free staged reading of Nero/Pseudo at Artisphere next Wednesday—-which will feature live musical accompaniment by Langford and his frequent collaborator Jim Elkington—-you can hear one of those glam-inflected tracks, “Hymn to Athena.” Sounds pretty Ziggy Stardust to me.
Nero/Pseudo gets a free reading in the Artisphere Dome, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30.