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Vaudevisuals interview with Brave New World Rep’s Claire Beckman – Arthur Miller’s “The Hook”

The staged readings of The Hook serve as kickoff of BNW’s Arthur Miller Red Hook Festival 2019, which also features a return engagement of their sold-out, acclaimed 2018 production of A View From The Bridge in September 2019.

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The Waterfront Museum

290 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND

A 2pm Sunday Matinee of  THE HOOK  Has been ADDED!

Tickets for the 2pm Sunday Matinee

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Vaudevisuals interview with Trav S.D. – “West Fest”

“I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.” Mae West

Vaudevisuals interviews Trav S.D. about the upcoming ‘West Fest‘ dedicated to all things Mae West. August 17th to the 29th at numerous historical locations.

Mary Jane “Mae” West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades, known for her lighthearted bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence.

West was active in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry, as well as appearing on radio and television. The American Film Institute named her 15th among the greatest female stars of classic American cinema.

WEST FEST – Aug 17 – 29th, 2018

For more information about the West Fest Click Here!

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August 17 (Friday)
Mae West Walking Tour
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Cypress Hills Cemetery
833 Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn (meet at main entrance)
Cost: $25 (cost of lunch and drinks separate). Advance registration required; space is limited.
To purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/2Jj2pk8
Visit Mae West’s final resting place with historian and tour guide Kevin Fitzpatrick. Afterwards, walk (.7 miles) to Neir’s Tavern, an 1829 bar where Mae is said to have performed, for lunch and drinks before visiting her former home.

August 18 (Saturday)
Let’s Talk About Mae
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Ave
A series of talks about Mae West will take place in the former courthouse whose prison she spent the night in after being convicted on obscenity charges in 1927.
Cost: Free
Full schedule below and here: https://on.nypl.org/2mRBV0d

12:00 pm: Mae’s Early Life, Career, and Vaudeville—Trav S.D., writer and performer; best known for critically-acclaimed “No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous” and the blog Travalanche.

1:00 pm: Mae and Broadway—John Calhoun, librarian, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

2:00 pm: Mae and Race—Chicava Honeychild, scholar, actress, proprietress of Brown Girls Burlesque, and artist in residence at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.

3:00 pm: Mae and Spiritualism— Kathy Biehl, scholar, actress, freelance writer, and certified, award-winning psychic and astrologer.

4:00 pm: Rebel Mae West—a panel discussion moderated by Grady Turner, curator of “Bare! True Stories of Sex Desire and Romance;” featuring Dirty Martini, the international burlesque sensation; Elyse Singer, CUNY teaching fellow, artistic director of Hourglass Group, and director of two critically-acclaimed revivals of Mae West plays: “Sex” (1999) and “Pleasure Man” (2003) as well as participants Trav S.D., John Calhoun, Chicava Honeychild, and Kathy Biehl.

August 19 (Sunday)
Mae West Double Feature
Screenings: “She Done Him Wrong” (1933) and “Belle of the Nineties” (1934)
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Ave
Cost: Free
Films introduced by Michele Gouveia, West Fest chair, writer, and producer.

August 25 (Saturday)
Screening: “My Little Chickadee” (1940)
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St
Cost: $15
To purchase tickets in advance, visit:http://bit.ly/2OuLVbJ
Film to be introduced by Dr. Harriet Fields, the granddaughter of W.C. Fields. There will also be a Q&A following the film.

August 27 (Monday)
Staged reading of the musical “Come Up ‘n’ See Me”
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Friars Club, 55 W 57th St
Proper attire is expected.
Cost: $15
Tickets must be reserved in advance and paid for at the door (check or credit card only).
To reserve tickets, visit: https://www.comeupnseemethemusical.com/news
“Come Up ‘n’ See Me” is an original musical about the life of Mae West. Book by Bianca Leigh, Bonnie Lee Sanders, and Ellen Schwartz. Music and Lyrics by Bonnie Lee Sanders and Ellen Schwartz. Directed by Crystal Chapman. Musical Direction by Thomas Spahn.

August 29 (Wednesday)
Screening: “I’m No Angel” (1933)
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, Long Island
Cost: $11 members/$16 public
To purchase tickets in advance, visit:http://bit.ly/2vNX2Vm

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Tallulah Bankhead–Trip to the Automat, 1957 TV

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen. Bankhead was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit. Originating some of the 20th-century theater’s preeminent roles in comedy and melodrama, she gained acclaim as an actress on both sides of the Atlantic. Bankhead became an icon of the tempestuous, flamboyant actress, and her unique voice and mannerisms are often subject to imitation and parody.

Tallulah hailed from the Brockman Bankheads, a prominent Alabama political family — her grandfather and uncle were U.S. Senators and her father served as an eleven-term member of Congress, the final two as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Tallulah’s support of liberal causes such as civil rights broke with the tendency of the Southern Democrats to support a more typically aligned agenda and she often opposed her own family publicly.

Primarily an actress of the stage, Bankhead did have one hit on film (Alfred Hitchcock‘s Lifeboat), as well as a brief but successful career on radio. She later made appearances on television, some of which have become classics.

In her personal life, Bankhead struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction and was infamous for her uninhibited sex life. Bankhead was capable of great kindness and generosity to those in need, supporting disadvantaged foster children and helping several families escape the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Bankhead was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972, and the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1981. Upon her death, Bankhead was credited with nearly 300 films, stage, television, and radio roles. She is regarded as one of the 20th-century theatre’s great Leading Ladies.

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Nina Conti returns to New York City – Dec 12 – 23rd – “In Your Face” at Barrow St. Theatre

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Ventriloquism for a new generation… edgy, outrageous, and off the charts! Direct from her run at The Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, NINA CONTI, Britain’s voice-throwing queen, leaves the crowd speechless without even opening her mouth. Using face masks to turn her audience members into live puppets, Nina creates a hilarious new show nightly.

PRESS

“Nina Conti is a stellar talent!”
– UK’s The Mirror

“Devastatingly witty and full of daring flights of fancy!”
– London’s The Times

“Pure genius and timeless – the best thing I’ve seen.”
– UK’s Arts Award Voice

“This is possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen in my life!”
– UK’s BroadwayBaby

“She is a master of comedy. I laughed so much I couldn’t breathe, as did the entire audience. I honestly can’t think of one person who wouldn’t love Nina Conti.”
– UK’s BroadwayBaby

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Here is an interview I did with Nina during her last visit to NYC in 2011.

Tickets can be purchased here!

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LaMaMa etc Music Performing Arts Photography

Theatre Askew presents a play by Trav S.D. – ‘Horseplay: or, A Fickle Mistress, A Protean Picaresque’.

Horseplay: or, A Fickle Mistress, A Protean Picaresque by Trav S.D.

Photographing the dress/tech of a show can sometimes provide wonderful ‘candid’ shots of the actors at work. I was glad

to be at LaMama last night for this experience. Here are some shots from the dress/tech of the show that opens on Valentine’s day!

Tim Cusack inbetween moments during the rehearsal.Tim Cusack inbetween moments during the rehearsal.

untitled (27 of 123)Everett Quinton, Jan Leslie Harding, Tim Cusak, Chuck Montgomery and Tiffany Abercrombie in the midst of rehearsal.

untitled (94 of 123)Molly Pope with pipe in hand reads from the manuscript (prop).

Horseplay at LaMama(L to R) Tiffany Abercrombie, Chuck Montgomery look on at Molly Pope with Jan Leslie Harding and musician/composer William TN Hall.

untitled (65 of 123)Molly Pope is read to by Tim Cusack in a scene from the play. 

untitled (96 of 123)Mark St. Cyr sneaks a look at the audience during a scene with Molly Pope.

Jan Leslie Harding takes a moment to reflect.Jan Leslie Harding takes a moment to reflect inbetween scenes.

Tim Cusack looks down at Mollly Pope.Tim Cusack looks over Molly Pope as she gets into position for a lashing.

untitled (114 of 123)The cast about to begin a scene as the stage manager Haejin Jan gives notes.

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written by Trav S.D.            

Directed by Elyse Singer

Original music and musical direction by William TN Hall    

With Molly Pope* as Adah Isaacs Menken

and Tiffany Abercrombie, Tim Cusack, Jan Leslie Harding*, Chuck Montgomery*, Everett Quinton*, Mark St. Cyr*

*Member Actors’ Equity Association

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Choreography by Antonio Brown

Fight direction by Nathan DeCoux

Set by Liz Toonkel

Lights by Deborah Constantine

Costumes by Becky Hubbert

Sound by Marcelo Añez    

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The Clown Un_Mask – Didi Sanchezco – Mexico/New York

Photographed Didi at the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show in March. Great talent and stage charisma. Hope she comes back soon to New York. She produces and performs in her own TV show in Mexico.

Didi performing at Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

Didi performing at the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show at Dixon Place in March, 2013.

Did performing at Bindlestiff Open Stage

Didi juggled on point and make the audience laugh at her antics.

Didi poses for the Clown Un_Mask series.

Didi poses for the Clown Un_Mask series.

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