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Comedy Music Performing Arts Photography United Theater Company No. 61

‘The Resistible Rise of JR Brinkley’ – United Theater Company No. 61

Written and directed by Edward Einhorn

The true story of a 1920’s con man (JR Brinkley) who made a fortune selling his impotence cure: surgically implanted goat testicles. He then became a radio star and a successful politician. A Brechtian parable about American Greatness, told with country music.John Blaylock was narrator, Blind Cowboy and Clyde Reed. Great performance!Minnie Brinkley (Jenny Lee Mitchell) and  JR Brinkley (Trav SD) broadcasting from his radio station

Julia Hoffman (Fishbein, Laura & others) back to back with Jenny Lee Mitchell.

 JR Brinkley (Trav SD) giving one of his heated political speeches.

Julia Hoffmann performing one of the other characters so played so well.

Jimmy (Craig Anderson) telling his story about the successful operation by JR.Brinkley.

JR Brinkley (Trav SD) and Fishbein (Julia Hoffman) go head to head about medical malpractice.

Jimmy (Craig Anderson) preaching on the radio show of Minnie(Jenny Lee Mitchell) and JR Brinkley.(Trav SD.)

Arrangements: Tom Berger
Music Direction: Richard Philbin
Costume Designer: Ramona Ponce
Lighting Designer : Jeff Nash
Scenic Artist: Eric Shanower
Stage Manager: Berit Johnson
Assistant Director: Becca Silbert
Graphic Design (image above): Clinton Corbett

“A fresh, energetic, biting satire that deconstructs the power of the con man and the charming story teller” Show Biz

For additional information on United Theater Company No. 61.

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Fringe Festival Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Edward Einhorn – ‘The Resistible Rise of J.R. Brinkley’.


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LaMaMa etc Music Performing Arts Photography Puppetry

Theodora Skipitares “Prometheus Within” – LaMaMa Etc. – 04/29/2012

Music by Sxip Shirey

Sxip Shirey behind his instrument table preparing to perform the score for Prometheus Within.

Conceived, Designed and Directed by Theodora Skipitares.

Director’s Notes on Production

Prometheus: Zeus refused to give fire to mortal men, but Prometheus stole fire and gave it to them. As punishment, Zeus bound him with cruel chainsm and drove a shaft through the middle, and set on him an eagle, which gnawed on his liver all day; but each night the liver grew again as much as the bird had devoured in the day before.

Io: Zeus lusted after Io, a young girl who refused his advances. He made her part cow to hide her. His wife Hera discovered her and then forced her to wander the earth without rest, plagued by a gadfly to sting her into madness. She wandered for many years traveling through Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Chorus (Daughters of Ocean)(Eliza McKelway, Alice Tolan-Mee, Trevor Wilson) with Prometheus (Jonathan Nosan)

Jonathan Nosan (Prometheus) and Allison Plamondon (Io) with Chorus

Jonathan Nosan reaches for Allison Plamandon in “Prometheus Within” at LaMaMa.

Catherine Jane Shaw throws dirt from the grave of the dead skeleton in her breast.

Catherine Jane Shaw manipulating the amazing puppet.

Mutant animals created by lab testing in “Prometheus Within” at LaMaMa.

Puppets representing all the innocent patients taken advantage of by legal cell sampling.

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Dramaturgy by Andrea Balis

Lighting by Jeff Nash

Set Design by Donald Eastman

Video by Kay Hines

Sound by Tim Schellenbaum

Stage Manager: Karen Oughtred

Rigging: Philippe Versen

Technical Design: Mark Tambella

Costume Assistant: Rachel Sherk

Narrator: Black Eyed Susan

Puppeteer, Hermes: Britt Moseley

Puppeteers: Sarah Grace Holcomb, Jane Catherine Shaw, Dena Paige-Fischer, Rebecca Leigh Silverman

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This Project was made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Henson Foundation.