Third Voice

"The dramatic voices that operate throughout act as a reminder that history is a fragmented reality with many angles, not simply a linear series of indisputable facts." -- Publisher's Weekly

The incomprehensible nature of the sublime emerges through a cast of personalities
including Eartha Kitt, Geordi LaForge, Emmanuel Kant, W. E. B. Du Bois, Malcolm X
and the book’s central character, Lacy Neva Igga, an American Studies professor who
lives as a minstrel character trapped inside the head of a nameless woman. Kocher uses
what T. S. Eliot called the “third voice” of lyric drama as a means for characters to address
and interrogate literary culture. Third Voice asserts lyric beyond personal expression and
drama beyond the stage, using the spectacle of minstrelsy as a deformation of mastery
in an audaciously conceptual yet visceral performance.

Summer 2016