So now you have most of the information about this wonderful upcoming event. If you are ready to purchase tickets go HERE!
All together I posted 73 times in 2019! Over 1000 views per month. Pretty good for an ‘eccentric’ performing arts blog!
You can use the drop-down menu for Month to Month Archive viewing. I will list some of the highlights here.
Dec 2019 – Interview with Cirque Mechanics Chris Lashua ~ Interview with Coney Island’s own Dick Zigun – Sideshow Hall of Fame.
November 2019 – Corn Mo and The Love Show ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain ~ Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue ~ Karen Gersch Portfolio ~ Vaudevisuals Bookshelf ~ Martin Ewen’s ‘Panto Damascus’.
October 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with Kevin Venardos.
September 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with Noah Diamond & Amanda Sisk ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Adrienne Truscott.
August 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with Tammy Faye Starlite ~ Ernie Kovacs Centennial Panel Discussion ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Dick Zigun – ‘Bloody Brains in the Juke Box’ ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Sarah the Bird Girl ~ The Seashore Variety Hour
July 2019 – Southern Sideshow Hootenanny Benefit ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Amber Martin ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Tyler West.
June 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with Trav SD ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Bill Bowers ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Mallory Catlett ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Ralph Lewis ~ Bindlestiff’s ‘brooklyn abridged’ show ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Kevin Augustine ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Everett Quinton. ‘Galas’.
May 2019 – A.J. Silver – A Cowboy from the Bronx ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Boxcutter Collective.
April 2019 – Congress of Curious People – James Taylor ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Greg Dubin ~ Vaudevisuals interview with A.J. Silver ~ Trav SD’s American Vaudeville Theatre.
March 2019 – Vaudevisuals interview with John Jesurun & Nicky Paraiso ~ Vaudevisuals interview with Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival.
February 2019 – Coffeehouse Chronicles: Ethyl Eichelberger ~ Bindlestiff Open Stage at Big Apple Circus ~ Lord Buckley by Heathcote Williams.
January 2019 – Vaudevisuals Bookshelf: ‘Atomic Clown’ by Sara Moore ~ Bindlestiff Open Stage ~ Tribute To Rob Torres.
~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ 2020 ~
Theatre at St. John’s in Association with Yorick Theater Company
FIRST EVER REVIVAL OF
Starring and Directed by
Vaudevisuals interviewed Ridiculous Theatrical Company member Everett Quinton. He discusses his revival of Charles Ludlam‘s ‘Critics Choice’ play “Galas” which is coming to Theater at St. John’s in Greenwich Village for a Limited Run.
June 13-28th, 2019.
(Originally produced in 1983 to rave reviews ‘One of the 10 Best Plays of the Year’. New York Times and Time Magazine)
The playing schedule for GALAS is as follows: Monday through Sunday evenings at 8pm, with official opening scheduled for Sunday, June 16th. There is an additional matinee performance on Sunday, June 16th at 3pm. There will be no performances on Tuesday, June 18th; Monday, June 24th; and Thursday, June 27th. Tickets are $25 and are available online HERE!
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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and celebrating World Pride!
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NY Times article about Everett Quinton’s “Life After Ludlam“.
To see videos of Charles Ludlam’s work go here.
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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!
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Written by Trav S.D.
Directed by Elyse Singer
Original music and musical direction by William TN Hall
*Member Actors’ Equity Association
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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During his visit to NY last year I was fortunate to interview Steve Samuels. I met Steve when he was the General Manager of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company which was created by the brilliant Charles Ludlam. (pictured above)
I was so lucky to have seen many of The Ridiculous Theatrical Companies productions including The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Ventriloquist’s Wife, Corn, Camille, Reverse Psychology, Salammbo, The Artificial Jungle.
“Theater is life itself—you give people two hours of your life, onstage. Time is all we have, and sharing that with people is different from just creating an object.”
“What I do is not gay theater — it’s something much worse. I don’t ask to be tolerated. I don’t mind being intolerable.”
Charles Ludlam 4/12/43 – 5/28/87
Everett Quinton (left) with Charles Ludlam in “The Mystery of Irma Vep”.
(Photograph Anita & Steve Shevell)
Posting in The New York Times by Frank Rich
(Samuel French Page of Charles Ludlam Plays)
Here is a wonderful write up on ‘Dangerous Minds‘ blog about the great and throughly researched book “Ridiculous!: The Theatrical Life and TImes of Charles Ludlam” by David Kaufman. There is also a video of Charles on the Madeline Kahn show performing in drag. Great piece of TV history.
Steve Samuels worked with David Kaufman on this book as well.
BONUS: Here is a link to Charles Ludlam’s lost 16mm films. Part 1 or 9 parts on YouTube. Click HERE.
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“What is the city but the people?” – William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
Walk into this massive structure to mail a letter, buy stamps or send a package. Pick up from your PO Box or get a passport application.
I walked in and went to the 3rd floor. Obviously I had never set eyes on this space upper level floor.
It was a performance ready to begin titled MANNA-HATA, produced by The Peculiar Works Project.
The playwright Barry Rowell states his case like this!
“I wanted MANNA-HATA to offer a little taste of some of the more interesting stories I have found and to celebrate some of the less well-known (or in some cases unknown) people that have made contributions large and small to creating our home. Our goal was to make the production an experience rather than a story because I think that New York is an experience. You walk on the street and there is an amazing amount of sensory data coming at you from every direction, touching on all five of your senses simultaneously: first-time visitors often exclaim how overwhelming the City is. And yet most of us take it all for granted: it’s just home—and for those of us who grew up somewhere else, it’s the home we chose for ourselves.”
It was indeed ‘an experience’ like the one you encounter on the streets of NYC. But here you got a bit of New York’s history in the making during your walk.
Oscar Castillo greeting his tour group as Easanques.
(l-r in center) Everett Quinton and Kelly Salvadore as W. Parker Chase III and W. Parker Chase II
Cherrye J. Davis as Shirley Chisholm and Eric C. Bailey as W. Parker Chase I.
The Ensemble perform a pedestrian ballet: (left wall) Jimmy Brooks, Lorna Hampson, Cristi Castro, Kevin Drouillard, Jennae Alexa Ruiz Santos; (center) Precious Sipin, Ashleigh Awusie, Grace Phelan, Katey Parker; (right wall) Hank Lin, Dionisio Flores García
Catherine Porter as Jane Jacobs (seated on Dionisio Flores García).
(l-r) Precious Sipin and Cristi Castro; Cherrye J. Davis as Shirley Chisholm; Katey Parker and Grace Phelan
(l-r) Katey Parker; Cherrye J. Davis as Shirley Chisholm and Everett Quinton as W. Parker Chase III; Grace Phelan and Precious Sipin
Oscar Castillo as Easanques with video projection by Myrel Chernick
Audience entering the Big Room—Manna-Hata before the Europeans
Jenna Alexa Ruiz Santos; Kevin Drouillard (background)
The Big Room playing area (formerly a mail sorting room in the post office); lighting by David Castaneda
The audience takes the first walk across the newly completed Brooklyn Bridge
Bradley Wells (center) as Robert Moses flanked by Kelly Salvadore, Everett Quinton and Eric C. Bailey as the W. Parker Chases
Grace Phelan as Edna St. Vincent Millay at Chumley’s
The Algonquins: (l-r) Katey Parker as Dorothy Parker, Precious Sipin as Edna Ferber, Hank Lin as Alexander Woollcott and Oscar Castillo as New Yorker editor Harold Ross
Jimmy Brooks and Jennae Alexa Ruiz Santos at a Rent Party in Harlem
Cherrye J. Davis as Shirley Chisholm announcing her candidacy for the Democratic Presidential Nomination in 1972
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It was an amazing ‘experience’ walking through the James A Farley Post Office and finding myself at so many different times in NY’s history.
I especially liked revisiting Chumleys when it was a speakeasy and being part of the crowd that got ‘raided’ during the poetry reading by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Great fun! I hope Peculiar Works is developing another such delightful theatrical experience.
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This project was performed from June 8th thru 23rd, 2013.
For information on this or other Peculiar Works Projects go here!