Back by popular demand! Following its 2017 New York Times Critic’s Pick world premiere, which introduced many New York audiences to the widely popular British art form known as the Panto, Jack & the Beanstalkreturns this holiday season with even more radical joy. Jack needs the whole town’s support to help them chop down the beanstalk. In the process, Jack and their neighbors free themselves from their oppressor, the plundering Giant Rump. Written by disabled actor/writer Mat Fraser, directed by feminist artist Julie Atlas Muz and featuring an intergenerational, inclusive cast, Jack & the Beanstalk brings the Lower East Side together with a family-friendly holiday production that is inherently irreverent, lightly political, and has the message that eventually good triumphs over evil.
ABRONS ARTS CENTER AND ONEOFUS PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF
JACK & THE BEANSTALK
“Now more than ever, New York City needsfamily theater that is inherently irreverent and lightly political—with good eventually triumphing over evil,” says Fraser and Muz. “We got married in the Playhouse 2012, performed Beauty and the Beast in 2014 to critical acclaim, and consider Abrons to be our artistic home. Let’s celebrate surviving 2017 together and bring the whole family to this riotous, all-ages spectacular.”
Julie Atlas Muz directs “Jack and the Beanstalk” and writer Mat Fraser’s adaptation shows much affection for its Lower East Side setting.
Abrons Arts Center and ONEOFUS are proud to present the world premiere of Jack & The Beanstalk, a holiday extravaganza that promotes radical joy and equality in all forms. Running December 6–23, Jack & The Beanstalk features a diverse cast of 22 Lower East Side performers. Written by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and directed by legendary feminist performer Julie Atlas Muz, Jack & the Beanstalk brings tap-dancing animals, puppets, pie fights, pop music, cross-dressing characters and the glitteriest of sets to the Lower East Side. Returning to Abrons Arts Center after their critically acclaimed show Beauty and the Beast, Fraser and Muz are thrilled to be making their first all-ages event.
Matt Roper surrounded by the ensemble
The cast of Jack & the Beanstalk, a mix of veteran and up-and-coming performers, includes Dirty Martini, Hawthorn Albatross III, Michael Johnnie Lynch, Matt Roper, Jenni Gil, David Ilku, Christina Duryea, Sarah Folkins, Ekaterina Sknarina, Jonathan Rodriguez, Poison Ivory, Allison Jane, Mikey Giordano, Lute Breuer, Rachael Wickham Shane and Kate Brehm, as well as a chorus of six children: , and Nate Maxwell.
Performances of Jack & The Beanstalk will take place December 6–23 at Abrons Arts Center, located at 466 Grant Street in Manhattan.
Tickets, priced at $25–$45, can be purchased by visiting abronsartscenter.org or by calling 212-352-3101.
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride.
And here is Dick Zigun in a video I shot for Coney Island USA.
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Coney Island is a New York City neighborhood that features an amusement area that includes 50 or more separate rides and attractions; it’s not a centrally managed amusement park like Disneyland or Six Flags. As a result, specific questions about rides, filming privileges, etc., should be directed to individual businesses. This website is maintained by Coney Island USA, the not for profit arts organization that runs the Mermaid Parade, the Sideshow and the Coney Island Museum, among other programs.
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Here are two photographs taken by Coney Island’s most loved photogs: Kenny Lombardi and Norman Blake. These show off the parade just fine!
Here is a video of the last Avant-Garde-Arama performance that was presented at that site.
Here is a compilation video I made from photographs and video I shot at the Friday, June 17th AGA. It has the stills from the show embedded in the video of the finale WRECKING BALL! It was a great show. Murray Hill hosted the evening. Very Funny! The following performers were on hand to add pizazz to the night’s festivities. Tom Murrin (the Alien Comic), Tigger, John Kelly, Lucy Sexton (the Factress), The Dazzle Dancers, Julie Atlas Muz, Hank and Cupcakes. The show finished with a accordion solo by Geo and everyone sang the Ethyl Eichelberger song ‘We Are Women Who Survive”.
In the basement was the Lori E. Seid cafe.
Brave Nude World Study #1: Etude en Nude -Directed by Lulie Atlas Muz
Here are some images from the evenings festivities.
Salley May with Louise Belle Ethyl May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry.
CoHost Jonathan Ames does one of his ‘hairy calls’.
Dynasty Handbag cohosted the show with Jonathan Ames.
Starting off the “Brave Nude World Study” piece was Mat Fraser singing an amazingly beautiful song.
Julie Atlas Muiz on stage photographing the ‘Etude en Nude’ dancers.
Alice Klugherz performing on stage in a monolog followed by dance.
Dynasty Handbag had the audience in laughter with her wild dance improv.
Cornelius Loy mesmerized the audience with his therimin music and hypnotic stare.
David Leslie dances in a space suit as Tom looks on from the moon.
Avant-Garde-Arama curator Salley May host the ’40seondStreet’ segment of the show.
Audience member dances for himself with audience watching but not hearing the music.
James Godwin performs a ‘bunraku’ style puppet piece.
Elevator Repair Service curtain call after their play.
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Avant-Garde-Arama curator Salley May (with Louise Belle Ethyl May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry) and a host of other wonderful fans of Tom Murrin get together and dance to celebrate his legacy and performance work at "Avant-Garde-Arama'.
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