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REVISIT – LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #129 – Contemporary Puppet Theater

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Five years ago LaMama theater presented this wonderful ‘Coffeehouse Chronicles’ examining the contemporary puppet theater from the 1970s to 2015. I thought it would bring some joy to those that missed this wonderful event and others to repost in these difficult times.


Contemporary Puppet Theater

Curator: Michal Gamily

Panelists: Ralph Lee, Roman Paska, Lake Simons and Amy Trompetter

Cheryl Henson introduces the evening’s agenda to the audience.


Federico Restrepo talks to the audience about his show “Undefined Fraction”. 

Lake Simons performs an excerpt from “Wind Set Up”.

Amy Trompetter talks to the audience about her history performing political theater with puppets.

Roman Paska talks about his work and the 1970’s and it’s influences

Coffeehouse Chronicles #129 participants: L to R – Amy Trompetter, Arthur Adair, Roman Paska, Lake Simons, Michal Gamily, Cheryl Henson, Jane Catherine Shaw, Ralph Lee.


Here are 2 videos that include much of the afternoon’s discussions.
Part 1 and Part 2

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #151: Ethyl Eichelberger @LaMama

Celebrating the life and work of Ethyl Eichelberger with panelists, live performances and archival materials!
Moderated by Miss Joan Marie Moossy 
Panelists: Brian BelovitchJoe E JeffreysJohn KellyLori E SeidBlack Eyed Susan and Mark Russell
Performances by: Jennifer Miller with Heather Green | Jeremy Halpern with Auntie Belle.

Coffeehouse Chronicles’ Michal Gamily introduces the event.

(l to r) Miss Joan Marie Moossy, Joe E. Jeffries, Mark Russell, Lori E. Seid, John Kelly

Black Eyed Susan performing a short piece written for her by Ethyl Eichelberger.

Still from short film by Peter Hujar featuring Ethyl Eichelberger shown at event.

Coffeehouse Chronicles #151 Panel and performers.

For more information on upcoming Coffeehouse Chronicles visit this site.

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La MaMa | 57th Season

Being a big fan of LaMama I present to you the new promo video for their 57th Season!

Upcoming highlights include a session of Coffeehouse Chronicles dedicated to the work of Andrei Serban followed in November by a session on puppeteer genius Ralph Lee.

Also coming this season is the La MaMa Puppet Festival.

For more information on other great performances and events visit: LaMama

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Check out Vaudevisuals – Review – MARCH 2016

Vaudevisuals.comMarch 2016 Vaudevisuals Posts

This month I did quite a few interviews! Heather Litteer, Hilary Chaplain, Gus Solomons, Jr. and photographed the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue. A few books were mentioned too!

RED BULL THEATER PRESENTS – 2 DAY CLOWNING WORKSHOP

“WORDS” BY CHUCK WORKMAN – A 1987 COMPILATION OF HOLLYWOOD FILMS

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER LITTEER – “LEMONADE”.

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH HILARY CHAPLAIN – “PHYSICAL COMEDY WORKSHOP”

BINDLESTIFF OPEN STAGE VARIETY REVUE – MARCH 7TH, 2016 @ DIXON PLACE

VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “ZOOMAR” BY ERNIE KOVACS

COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #132 – TALKING BAND – LAMAMA ETC – MARCH 12TH, 2016

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH GUS SOLOMONS JR. – “FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH”

JUSTIN WEBER’S “WACKY OF WALLABAZOO” AT CONEY ISLAND USA

COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #133 – JOHN KELLY – LAMAMA – MARCH 26TH, 2016

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In the next few days I will post the April and May review posts. Stay tuned!

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COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #136 – Theodora Skipitares – LaMama – October 8th, 2016

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Theodora Skipitares

On October 8th, 2016 La Mama presented their monthly series Coffeehouse Chronicles.

This afternoon was devoted to the work of visual theater artist/puppeteer Theodora Skipitares.

Coffeehouse Chronicles #136

Curator: Michal Gamily

Moderator: JoAnne Akalaitis

Panelists: Andrea Balis, Claudia Orenstein, Jane Catherine Shaw

Part of the 2016 La Mama Puppet Series 

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #133 – John Kelly – LaMama – March 26th, 2016

Coffeehouse Chronicles #133 – John Kelly


Video ©2016 Nelson Sullivan

untitled-17Left to Right: John Kelly, John Jesurun, Nicky Paraiso, Kevin Malony, Kyle De Camp and moderator Lucy Sexton

untitled-21John Jesurun talks about his work with John Kelly and the artistic climate in the early 1980’s in New York.




John Kelly and Carol Lipnik sing the “Cupid Song”.

untitled-45Back Row – L to R: Michal Gamily (Curator), Kevin Malony, Carol Lipnik, John Jesurun, Nicky Paraiso, Arthur Adair/

Front Row: John Kelly, Kyle De Camp, Lucy Sexton

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For more videos of John Kelly visit his You Tube channel HERE!

Or visit his website for upcoming events.

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #132 – TALKING BAND – LaMama etc – March 12th, 2016

The Talking Band

The Talking Band has been making innovative and influential theater works in New York for 40 years. Collectively, the founders have earned 11 OBIE awards and numerous other honors. The company has performed at nearly all of New York’s celebrated downtown venues, including LaMama, PS 122, Theater for the New City, Dance Theater Workshop, The Ohio Theater, The Flea Theater, and HERE Arts Center. Nearly 50 of its original productions include The Golden Toad, Marcellus Shale, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, Bitterroot, Radnevsky’s Real Magic, Painted Snake in a Painted Chair, Black Milk Quartet and The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol.

The Coffeehouse Chronicles #132 hosted founder Paul Zimet and other founding members for this special survey of their work which included slides, videos and panel discussion. Since the afternoon covered 40 years of work I captured some photographs and a few videos to represent the span of work that The Talking Band created.

Event Moderator: Morgan Jenness

Panelists: Tina Shepard, Ellen Maddow, Paul Zimet, Jack Wetherall, Harry Mann, Lizzie Olesker, Isaac Maddow-Zimet, and Anya Maddow-Zimet.

Paul Zimet talking about the Talking BandPaul Zimet – Director/Writer/Co-Founder of The Talking Band.

Jack Weatherall with The Talking BandJack Weatherall talking to the audience about his experiences with The Talking Band.

2016.03.12_LaMama.097Flyer for The Talking Band production of BIG MOUTH at LaMama in 1985

2016.03.12_LaMama.051Tina Shepard (Founding member) talks about her experience with The Talking Band since 1973.

2016.03.12_LaMama.117Harry Mann and Ellen Maddow participate in the panel discussion talking about their work with The Talking Band.

2016.03.12_LaMama.187Isaac Maddow-Zimet talks about his early memories of being on stage with The Talking Band.

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2016.03.12_LaMama.197Paul Zimet and Ellen Maddow won OBIE awards in 2002-03 for their show.

Tina Shepard sings a song "What's Next",Tina Shepard singing “What’s Next?” from the show ‘The Golden Toad’.

2016.03.12_LaMama.255Group shot of the Panel and participants of the Talking Band event at LaMama. 

The following video has sound issues due to acoustics in the room it was recorded.

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LAMAMA COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #131 – Mabou Mines

Coffeehouse Chronicles #131 – Mabou Mines

The afternoon event was broken into several different segments.

The first segment was titled “Genesis” – Moderated by Bonnie Marranca with Lee Breuer.

The second segment was titled “Collaborative Hive, hosted by Greg Mehrten with Lee Breuer, Bill Raymond and Karen Kandel.

The third segment was an excerpt from the performance “Imagining the Imaginary Invalid” performed by Christianna Nelson and Clove Galilee.

The fourth segment was a panel discussion titled ‘Confederation of Warrior Ants’ moderated by Jessica Brater.

The panelist included  Sharon Fogarty, Karen Kandel, Lee Breuer, Maude Mitchell, David Neumann & Clove Galilee.

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2016.01.30_MabouMnes.13Bonnie Marranca with Lee Breuer during the Genesis Panel Discussion.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.46Karen Kandel talking about her work with Mabou Mines during the second segment.


“Collaborative Hive”, with Karen Kandel, Bill Raymond and Lee Breuer and hosted by Greg Mehrten.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.60“Imagining the Imaginary Invalid” live performance with Christianna Nelson and Clove Galilee.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.84(Left to Right) Burke Brown, Christianna Nelson, Jenny Rogers, Clove Galilee and moderator Jessica Brater.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.106(Left to Right) Lee Breuer, David Neumann, Clove Galilee, Karen Kandel, Maude Mitchell and Sharon Ann Fogerty.

Coffeehouse Chronicles Personel:
Series Director: Michael Gamily
Educational Outreach: Arthur Adair
Sound Design: Tim Schellenbaum
Sound Technician: Hao Bai
Videography: Culture Hub
Social Media Editor & Photographer: Ryan Leach

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #128 – Dario D’Ambrosi and Teatro Patologico

Dario D’Ambrosi and Teatro Patologico

Coffeehouse Chronicles #128 began with Dario D’Ambrosi performing an excerpt from his show “Tutti non ci sono”. at LaMama etc.
The event was a review of his work and the company he created TEATRO PATOLOGICO.
There was also a demonstration of ‘warm up’ and ‘acting method’ performed by members of the TeatroPatologico.
Dario D’Ambrosi has been part of the LaMama theatre community for 35 years.

2015.10.17_Dario.091The program included a panel discussion with moderator James LevinFabio Granato, Dario D’Argento and Manuela Filiaci.

2015.10.17_Dario.033James Levin, moderator, was an original member of Dario’s theatre company.

2015.10.17_Dario.099Dario D’Ambrosi began his relationship with Ellen Stewart 35 years ago.

2015.10.17_Dario.074Teachers at the Teatro Patologico.( L to R) Mauro Cardinali, Francesco Maria Crudele, Chiara Lauret, Celester Moratti, Dj Paceccio.

2015.10.17_Dario.089Dario D’Ambrosi and the Teatro Patologico with Coffehouse Chronicles staff and friends.

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 4.58.58 PMStill from the LaMama production of Teatro Patologico  ‘Medea’.

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LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #127 – KInding Sindaw – June 13th, 2015

2015.06.13_Kinding.011Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur – Founder/Artistic Director introduced the audience to the afternoons agenda.

ABOUT KINDING SINDAW

 “The dances of KINDING SINDAW originate from the royal court dances of the Maranao-Sultante – a repertory of the sacred, classic, and secular combining grace and vigor, dnaces that directly reflect their rich natural enviornment. Dancers imitate the graceful movements of birds, fish, butterflies, rivers, streams, and ocean trekking boats, celebrate fertility in vigorous choreography, sway delicately using colorful fans and scarves, and dramatically inspire through the martial art of silat.”

The afternoon event was celebrating the work of ‘Kinding Sindaw’ and the founder/artistic director Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur.

A panel discussion included the following persons: Porti Ranka Manis/Ellin Anisha Guro/Dr. Nonilon V. Queano, Ph.D/Malaika Queano/ Dr. Lisa Parker, Ph.D/Corky Lee (Photographer)

2015.06.13_Kinding.238Left to Right – Moderator: Anne Beryl Coroton Naguit/Porti Ranka Manis/Ellin Anisha Guro/Dr. Nonilon V. Queano, Ph.D/Malaika Quenao/Dr. Lisa Parker/Corky Lee

The panel discussion featured all of the panelist and their contribution to the company and it’s history. Short films were shown which included work done with LaMama founder Ellen Stewart and an excerpt from a recent performance by the company.

2015.06.13_Kinding.027One of the lovely indigenous costumes worn by the Kinding Sindaw dancers.

2015.06.13_Kinding.053Photographer Corky Lee talks about his work documenting the company.

2015.06.13_Kinding.079Guro Frank Ortega demonstrates the Silat style martial art.

2015.06.13_Kinding.271A closeup of one of the dancers to show the indigenous headdress and costume. 2015.06.13_Kinding.229Potri Ranka Manis talks about the Philipines and it’s historical tradition in regard to the dance company she founded.

2015.06.13_Kinding.296The entire cast of Kinding Sindaw and members of the LaMama staff pose for a group portrait.

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 For more information on Kinding Sindaw click here to visit their website.

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