THE GRIM REALITIES WE ALL FACE IN THE AFTERLIFE WILL BE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE WAKE OF DICK JOHNSON
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY LUKE H. WALKER
THE PITCH BLACK PRODUCTION SAVAGELY CHALLENGES AN AUDIENCE’S THRESHOLD FOR TABOO LANGUAGE, GRAPHIC IMAGERY, AND MORBID THEMES, WHILE BEING CONFINED TO THE INTIMATE, IMMERSIVE, SETTING OF AN AUTHENTIC WAKE.
Writer and director Luke H. Walker presents THE WAKE OF DICK JOHNSON, an immersive, intimate setting of an authentic wake where the deceased returns to the living to explain the grim realities we all encounter in the after-life.
QC Nerve describes the immersive show as “an eloquent and upsetting rumination on a meaningless universe where even death will not relieve the pain of the living.” Broadway World called the show “graphic,” “grotesque,” and “alarming”. Time Out NY selected The Wake of Dick Johnson as it’s top-13 Halloween theater events. Following the Hollywood Fringe festival, this show is slated for a full Los Angeles run in the fall.
THE WAKE OF DICK JOHNSON savagely challenges an audience’s threshold for taboo language, graphic imagery, and morbid themes, while being confined to the intimate, immersive, setting of an authentic wake.
The spirit of Dick Johnson lives on after his death, and at his wake, Dick returns from the other side for one last bottle of his beloved hooch, and to enlighten attendees about grim realities we all face in the afterlife. According to Dick, the afterlife is a grim, eternal, and inescapable astral plane where the misdeeds of all mankind, throughout all ages, replays on an eternal loop in the 4th-dimension.
Luke H. Walker is a former journalist who’s written and directed two feature films including the adaptation of The Wake of Dick Johnson. He’s produced and directed several music videos for emerging artists, has authored many plays and feature length screenplays and worked for several major New York media outlets including The Examiner, Thefix.com Alt Variety, and Africa Watch. Time Out NY selected The Wake of Dick Johnson as its top 13 must see theater events. Broadway World called it “creepy,” grotesque," “ghastly,” and “downright alarming”. QC Nerve says “Walker’s is a distinctive voice that taps into the unease and uncertainty that many are feeling in an era ravaged by cruelty, corruption and decay."
THE WAKE OF DICK JOHNSON first premiered in 2016 at Maggie Mae’s Pub in Queens, NY for only 3 performances. It subsequently in Charlotte, North Carolina for 2 months in 2019, and in PS 122 in New York City in October 2019.