Los Angeles - A relatively unknown actor is capitalizing on the recent surge in sales of Ayn Rand's popular fiction novel "Atlas Shrugged" by turning the 1,084-page tome into a one-man show recited at the top of his lungs.
Affectionately titled "Atlas Shrieked," the epic monologue is conceived and performed by actor, Bocca Giorno and has been playing to sold-out audiences around LA venues; though many say the experience is rather unnerving.
"I've been a fan of Ayn Rand for many years," said Jordan Woods. "But to hear three hours of Atlas Shrugged screamed at you is almost beyond what I'm willing to stand for. It kind of ruins the enjoyment of the story line"
Giorno says he is not trying to turn people off of Ayn Rand, rather the opposite. "I love the books, I love the ideas and I love the philosophy Rand created," said Giorno. "I believe that when you have a message, sometimes it is necessary to shout it from the rooftops, so to speak. Each night I go on stage and continue where I left off the night before. At the rate I'm going I figure it will take me about a month to screech my way through the whole book. At that point I may just start over at the beginning but I'm also considering starting on similar versions of her other books tentatively called "We the Screaming," "Anthem Amplified" and perhaps an odd twist on "The Fountainhead" called "Falsetto Fountainhead," Giorno said.
Ayn Rand's books, though published more than 50 years ago are still top sellers in the United States and the Ayn Rand Institute's essay contest has drawn a record 22,000 entries this year alone; up from 17,000 last year.