Tucker Max Headed for B’way? Christopher Carter Sanderson Says Yes
The Clyde Fitch Report has learned exclusively that Christopher Carter Sanderson, founding artistic and producing director of the Gorilla Repertory Theater Company, has obtained the rights to bring the work of blogger and all around Web bon vivant Tucker Max — specifically, his book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell — to Broadway.
In fact, according to Sanderson, the project will be billed as I Hope They Serve Beer… On Broadway!
The project is currently being capitalized; Sanderson says the firm handling legal matters for the project is Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC (885 Third Ave., 20th Fl). (If you are a potential investor, all inquiries go to that address.) Sanderson was unable to provide comment on the financials of the deal, but can provide information on the artistic aspects of the project via [email protected].
Max, meanwhile, provided the Clyde Fitch Report with three separate quotes about the project. Taken together, they illustrate the many ribald sides of the writer, whose website homepage features the following text:
My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole.
I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead.
Which, quite frankly, makes Max the perfect subject for a Broadway venture. (His website also revels in the fact that Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968, was the “original one name celebrity.” Adrian, the legend of Hollywood costume design, might have something to say about that, but then again, so would Charlemagne.)
Anyway, Max told the CFR:
When Kit [Sanderson’s nickname] first approached me with this idea, I was somewhat skeptical, especially considering how little I know about theater and the theatrical community. But after a few emails, calls and a meeting, he sold me on it; both why it makes sense and how it can work. I am excited about it.
Max also said:
I think this could be really cool. I mean what is better than beer, stripper poles and hot naked chicks? Now, mix them all up, make it funny, and put it on stage? Sign me up.
And further said:
At first, I thought Kit was just another creepy theater fag using some bullshit “I want to adapt your book” angle to try to fuck me. Then I realized he’s not only serious about this, he had really great ideas about how to adapt it, and — he’s straight! I didn’t even know you were allowed to be straight and be in theater. I’m excited, I think he could really do something cool.
Continue to check with the Clyde Fitch Report for further announcements regarding the project. And, yes, you can visit the website for the book, http://ihopetheyservebeerinhell.com, too.
Leonard Jacobs is the founder and editor emeritus of The Clyde Fitch Report.