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Vaudevisuals interview with Tom Murrin – Alien Comic

Tom Murrin Alien Comic Theater Festival @ LaMama
To coincide with this wonderful festival currently at LaMama I am posting a 2 Part interview I did with Tom Murrin / Alien Comic on Oct 10,2008
Part 1 was shown at the LaMama Club ‘Coffeehouse Chronicles #119 – Tom Murrin aka Alien Comic’. April 19, 2014.
Panel Discussion at LaMama on Tom Murrin
The panel discussion included (lft to Rgt) John Vaccaro, Michael Arian, moderator Sarah Maxfield, Patricia Sullivan, Jo Andres, John Gernand and John Jesurun.
I wanted to post these for all of Tom’s fans who weren’t able to attend the wonderful panel discussion.

Part 1

Part 2

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For information/tickets for the festival go here.

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Tom Murrin’s play “Cock-Strong” at LaMama Etc. – “Saint Fortune” -April 17–19, 2014

Experience the death of heteronormativity at the hands (and mouths) of Saint Fortune. Recommended for all fans of risqué song, topsy-turvy dance, wildly oscillating character-choices and, of course, sex. Because that’s what it’s really all about, isn’t it? The New York theater collective revives Murrin’s provocative musical Cock-Strong, featuring brand new arrangements of all of Murrin’s immortal tunes including “Old One-Eye,” “One for One (Isn’t that Peculiar?),” and “Get It Up.” Described as “vulgar… and irresistibly stirring” (The Village Voice) when it premiered at La MaMa in 1969, the play is structured as a series of tableaux and 15 songs, with all new music written and arranged by Saint Fortune, and featuring Murrin’s classic lyrics. Performed by a cast of ten actors and musicians. Bring the whole family!

Cock-Strong AT LaMama etc.(left to right)  John Gasper, Natalie Ann Mack, Jack Frederick

Michael Weiner grabbing the 'family jewels'.Michael Weiner

Cock Strong at LaMamaKristina Tortoriello, Samantha Seerman, Danny Carroll, David French, John Gasper, David Goldberg, Jack Frederick.

Cock Strong at LaMama (Top to bottom) David Goldberg, John Gasper

Cock-Strong at LaMama etc.John Gasper, Natalie Ann Mack

Cock-Strong at LaMama etc.Samantha Seerman, Michael Weiner, Danny Carroll, Gavin Price, David French, Jack Frederick (others are obscured, but all actors are preset).

Cock Strong at LaMama etc. John Gasper, Michael Weiner, Natalie Ann Mack, .Kristina Tortoriello, Samantha Seerman, Danny Carroll, Jack Frederick, David Goldberg, David French.

Cock-Strong at LaMama etc.Kristina Tortoriello, Samantha Seerman, Danny Carroll, John Gasper, Michael Weiner, David French, Jack Frederick, Natalie Ann Mack, David Goldberg

Stage Manager: Conrad Kluck.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Celebrating the Life of Tom Murrin @ La Mama Ellen Stewart Theater – Sunday June 3rd 2012

Patricia Sullivan welcomes you to an afternoon of words, images and performances honoring the beloved

TOM MURRIN (1939 – 2012)

Performance Artist, Playwright, Writer, Friend.

(Highlights from this wonderful event generously hosted by La Mama’s Ellen Stewart Theater.)

Pat Olezko‘s Inflatables greeted you at the entrance to La Mama for the Tom Murrin Celebration.

Tom Murrin’s desk was on display in the entrance.

Luna Macaroona Blessing by Annabel Sexton-Daltry and Salley and Louise May.

Agosta Machado with the Luna Macaroona Blessing.

Patricia Sullivan reads some very personal funny things about her husband.

Lucy Sexton was an amazing MC for this event. Wig and mask in hand.

Mimi Goese and Dick Connette perform ‘Fixing a Hole’ by the Beatles.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi share some hilarious stories about Tom.

Nicky Paraiso sings and gets the audience to participate in a ‘sing-a-long’.

Cary Curran dances a beautiful piece that Tom would have loved.

Mark Mitton levitates a table with the help of Tom’s sister.

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A tax deductible donation can me made in support of Tom’s Archives.

Make checks payable to “Artspire, A Program of NYFA”

In the memo line indicate “The Legend of Alien Comic”.

Mail to: Artspire, A Program of NYFA, Fiscal Sponsorship Program

20 Jay Street, 7th FLoor, Brooklyn NY 11201

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Other speakers of the evening included:

Jane Friedman

John Vaccaro

Ellie Covan

Message from Mark Russell

Carlo McCormack

Message from Alex Souldancer

Alien Comic Video edited by Larry Fessenden

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Thanks to Lori E. Seid and Bill Schaffner for making the great evening’s TECHNICAL brilliance.

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Full Beaver Moon Show – A Celebration of Ellen Stewart at LaMama Etc.

Tom Murrin/Alien Comic, Lucy Sexton and a host of Full Moon Crew luminaries presented an amazing evening of performance art, film and theatre.

It happened on November 8th, 2011 at the LaMaMa Theater. Celebrating the 50th Season of that institution and Ellen Stewart’s Birthday.

The evening began with a lovely talk by La MaMa’s own Nicky Paraiso.

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TOM MURRIN / ALIEN COMIC

Tom Murrin started the performances with a terrific piece of masks/costumes and political commentary.

Here he demonstrates the power of the ‘alien’ finger.

Commenting on the origin of the ‘nailed’ sculptures of African Bakongo tribe he nails himself.

The idea of communicating to the world compassion and love is seen here with a large set of Lips!

The Moon was a balloon until it was popped here on stage by Tom Murrin in his great fun performance.

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LUCY SEXTON – THE FACTRESS

With her ‘Occupy Me’ t shirt Lucy Sexton gives a charged monolog on the current state of affairs.

Filling her face with the cherry pie Lucy captivates the audience.

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Heidi Dorow and Diana Y Grenier in a ‘pinata’ sketch.

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Tom Murrin talks about his first encounters with the LaMaMa founder Ellen Stewart.

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THE NAKED LADY with a Couple of Guys

Beginning the piece was The Naked Lady (Annie Iobst) performing a dance under the chandelier.

The Naked Lady with Jo Andres, Lucy Sexton and Tony Stinkmetal in a line dance.

The Naked Lady and Cast members of her piece take a well deserved bow.

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Annie Iobst and Lucy Sexton performing a ‘Mary Poppins’ satire.

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Also in the review was a wonderful music video with music by Mime Goese and Ben Neill and Video by Christophe Thockler.

See the wonderful video here!

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An incredible film by Jo Andres.

“Liquid Tara”

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SALLEY MAY

Bringing together a cast of Felliniesque performers including Annie Lanzillotto and Heather Lewerenz was Salley May.

Salley May and Pedro J. Rosado Jr.

Another wild scene from the Salley May piece.

Salley May (with Heather Lewerenz) gathering up her lost possessions.

Summoning the spirit of Ellen Stewart (played by Agosto Machado) who spoke so kindly of the people continuing the work she started.

Tom Murrin (l) and cast from the Full Moon show celebrating the Finale of the show with candles and cupcakes

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COMMENTS

FULL MOON CREW HISTORY

BY

TOM MURRIN/ALIEN COMIC

 

I started doing shows every full moon in Seattle in 1974.  These were comic ritual salutes to Luna Macaroona, the moon goddess, and over the years I’ve done them all over the world, at the entrance to the Star Ferry on Hong Kong, outside Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, and in a public park in Bombay, India.  And I still do them wherever I happen to be.

In the early ‘80’s I met up with 4 women performers, all dance majors at Ohio University, Athens Ohio, who relocated to New York: Jo Andres, Mimi Goese, Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton, and we did performances and workshops together.  In the mid-80’s Annie and Mimi were living in an apartment on 14th St. near 6th Ave., and on full moon nights we would have performance parties for our friends.  I’d do a full moon salute, Annie would organize a fashion show and we might all end up on the roof dancing in the moonlight.  Our friend Bill Schaffner, a master technician and stage manager, came to one party and afterwards went to Mark Russell, the artistic director of P.S. 122, and asked him if we could do a full moon show at P.S. when it happened that the moon was full and the house was “dark”, or had no other show on.  Mark said, “Sure,” and that was the birth of The Full Moon Crew.

Bill produced all of our shows at P.S. 122.  At each show, over the next few years, the audience would sit in the middle of the room, at tables and chairs, beer was served, and we would set up our acts around the room.  I’d go first and set the tone with a full moon salute to Luna, and introduce the others.  We always had 2 guest acts as well, like Ethyl  Eichelberger, John Kelly, or Steve & Mark (Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone, Jr.).  So there would be 3 acts, an intermission, and 3 more acts.  Mimi would do something frightening, like one night entering from outside the 2nd floor window.  Jo would stage a visual magic show; with dance, music, movies, slides and flowing fabrics. And Annie & Lucy, who performed as DANCENOISE, would always close the show.  Since they almost always ended their act naked, under a shower of stage blood, no one could follow that.

In the mid-‘90’s and after that, I continued doing Full Moon Shows, at various other venues, sometimes with members of the Full Moon Crew, but often with other performers on the downtown scene.  I remember one a few years ago at Dixon Place where my guests were Jonathan Ames, who told stories, Julie Atlas Muz, who did a strip tease inside a huge white balloon, and Mangina (Patrick Bucklew) who wore a plastic bubble over his head which, for a second, became ignited.  Luckily he survived with no injuries.  Luna seems to watch over those who honor her special night.

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