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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – Caffe Cino

The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway


“It’s Magic Time!” That colorful promise began each performance at the Caffe Cino, the storied Greenwich Village coffeehouse that fostered the gay and alternative theatre movements of the 1960s and launched the careers of such stage mainstays as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Robert Heide, Harry Koutoukas, Robert Patrick, Robert Dahdah, Helen Hanft, Al Pacino, and Bernadette Peters. As Off-Off-Broadway productions enjoy a deserved resurgence, theatre historian and actor Wendell C. Stone reopens the Cino’s doors in this vibrant look at the earliest days of OOB.

Rife with insider interviews and rich with evocative photographs, Caffe Cino: The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway provides the first detailed account of Joe Cino’s iconic café theatre and its influence on American theatre. A hub of artistic innovation and haven for bohemians, beats, hippies, and gays, the café gave a much-sought outlet to voices otherwise shunned by mainstream entertainment. The Cino’s square stage measured only eight feet, but the dynamic ideas that emerged there spawned the numerous alternative theatre spaces that owe their origins to the risky enterprise on Cornelia Street.

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Excerpt from the Introduction

Caffe Cino, 31 Cornelia Street, NYC

Joe Cino (L.) and Edward Albee at a benefit for the Caffe Cino after a fire, 1965, Photo: James D. Gossage.

For more information about Caffe Cino go here!

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Film Performing Arts Video

Dec. 26th, 1958 – Edward R Murrow interview with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

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Sitting in their new Greenwich Village apartment Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward talk to newscaster Edward R.Murrow.

He talks about being a ‘rebel’,the individual and society. From his comments it seems that nothing much has changed.

Newman and Woodward interview 1958 by Edan96

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Fay Glassman Duo – An Interview with Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman


I saw Jeff Glassman and Lisa Fay perform at the IRT Theater located in the Archive building in NYC’s Greenwich Village in early December 2011.

Startlingly simple and gestural in nature they created a ‘movement composition’ like that of music.

They use a form of notation once they have fixed the pieces. Below are a few of the different ‘notation scores’ for their pieces.

Here is a link to their site where you can read more about their work and past shows.

Notation from ‘Time and Time Again’ 1996

Still of Jeff Glassman in ‘napse’  from the show.

Movement notation for Bunraku piece.

Notation for “Quartet” piece.

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Video Interview

I did an in depth interview with Jeff and Lisa after the show where they discuss they training, technique and work.



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Philippe Petit and Marcel Marceau improvise in Washington Sq. Park – 03/1983

Appeared in Village Voice/Howard Smith Scenes Column in the March 29th issue of 1983.

Marcel Marceau was in town performing his one-man show at City Center and coordinated to meet Philippe Petit in Washington Square Park.

They did a short improvisation before Marcel Marceau had to go uptown to prepare for his show. I happened to be there to take these photographs!