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Vaudevisuals interview with Dick Zigun – “Bloody Brains in the Juke Box”

Last week I took my camera and visited Coney Island USA to speak with Dick Zigun about his upcoming rock musical “Bloody Brains in a Juke Box“.

BLOODY BRAINS IN A JUKEBOX!

A ROCK OPERA by CIUSA Founder and Artistic Director Dick D. Zigun (libretto) and Nikos Brisco (music), directed by Circus Amok’s Jennifer Miller

To be presented at Coney Island USA’s Sideshow by the Seashore

In this sung-through and psychedelic sci-fi satire, characters resembling Sidney Poitier, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Coogan and Jayne Mansfield tussle with a talking, flying, brain-eating Wurlitzer Model 1100 juke box – with results as mind-blowing and out there as anything you’ve ever seen at the sideshow. Bloody Brains in a Jukebox is Coney Island USA’s most ambition stage production ever, wherein Dick Zigun’s libretto and Nikos Brisco’s music interface with the patented madness of Circus Amok and the talents of several alum of the Bread and Puppet Theater, including Ethyl Eichelberger award winning director Jennifer Miller.

While best known for such programs as the Mermaid Parade and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, Coney Island USA has also been the longtime home of Funhouse Philosophers, a resident theater company devoted to presenting the plays of artistic director Dick Zigun, a Yale School of Drama and New Dramatists trained playwright whose previous works have included Dead End Dummy, Killing Republicans, The Ride Inspector’s Nightmare, and last season’s show The Education of Al Capone as Told by Jimmy Durante. In recent years, Funhouse Philosophers has been experimenting with the rock opera format in an effort to make abstract ideas like cosmology accessible via music and parody. Bloody Brains in a Jukebox is the culmination of that long-term exploration.

Funhouse Philosophers is the experimental theater company in residence at Coney Island, USA.

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Coney Island USA presents “Dead End Dummy”

Coney Island USA has been defending the honor of American Popular Culture for years. Using innovative exhibitions, and performances. Their ‘Funhouse Philosophers‘ is the resident theater company of Coney Island USA and it is under the direction of Artistic Director Dick Zigun. It is Dick Zigun who has authored this play “Dead End Dummy”. Directed by Trav S.D. with a stellar cast. I got to photograph the OPENING NIGHT performance and also got a few video clips which are presented below. 

GO SEE IT! A ROLLER COASTER OF A SHOW…

Scott Baker in "Dead End Dummy'Scott Baker and his vent dummy Moe in “Dead End Dummy” on Opening Night.

Poor Baby Bree with Poor Baby Bree singing a song with Scott Baker and his dummy Moe close behind.

Becca Bernard performs live music with the show.Becca Bernard performs live music on piano and cello in the show.

2014.10.10_Dummy_216Scott Baker in a tense moment with his dummy Moe.

Douglas Mackrell with Scott Baker threatening him.Douglas Mackrell (playing Thomas Edison) with Scott Baker (Max) threatening him.

Scott Baker with his new companion.Scott Baker with his new companion Plugger McPat.

Trav S.D. performs as the radio DJTrav S.D. (Director of the play) performs as the radio DJ who introduces Max to the radio audience.

2014.10.10_Dummy_167Poor Baby Bree (playing Sara Hartburn) beautifully sings up a storm in the show.

2014.10.10_Dummy_145Curtain Call photo with primaries of the show. (L to R) Bree Benton, Trav S.D.(with Moe), Scott Baker, playwright Dick D. Zigun (with Plugger McPat)

CAST:

Scott Baker (Max), Bree Benton (Sara Hartburn), Douglas Mackrell (Edison), Becca Bernard (Beethoven) Arianna Geneson (Shadow), Rhiannon Schaefer (Shadow) Dick D. Zigun (Playwright), Trav S.D. (Director and DJ), Kate Dale (Scenic Designer), Marie Roberts (Art Designer), Alix Martin (Master Carpenter), Sarah Lahue (Stage Manager).

Video Excerpt with Douglas Mackrell and Scott Baker.

DEAD END DUMMY is coming to La Mama if you can’t make it to Coney Island.

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