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Puppetry Vaudevisuals Interview Women Writer

Vaudevisuals interview – Leslee Asch – “Out of the Shadows”.

What is the first name that comes to mind when you hear the word puppet? Likely, it’s Jim Henson. Many books and thousands of pages have been written about Jim Henson’s life and work. This will, however, be the first book to focus solely on his love of the field of puppetry, an important and as yet unexplored aspect of Jim Henson’s lasting legacy. The Jim Henson Foundation’s International Puppet Festivals brought puppet theater into mainstream American theater.

Jim Henson knew that in order to introduce U.S. audiences to puppet theater our American companies would need to be seen with the best in the world. Thus, a festival! To realize Jim Henson’s vision for a puppetry festival in New York, the author served as producing director, working with Jim’s daughter Cheryl, who served as executive producer, to produce five award-winning festivals that would equal the European festivals and put U.S. puppet artists on the international stage.

Between 1992 and 2000, The Jim Henson Foundation presented five International Festivals of Puppet Theater in New York City and developed a national touring program. The festivals presented 136 different productions from 31 countries in 24 theaters throughout New York City. Over 120,000 people attended New York performances; nearly 400,000 saw exhibitions; 100,000 more attended Festival on Tour performances, and millions of people read about the festivals.

Out of the Shadows examines the festivals and their continued legacy, including a look at the contemporary puppet theater landscape. This year, 2020, is the 20th Anniversary of the last Henson Festival and the 30th Anniversary of Jim Henson’s death. It is time to reflect back.


“The American theater now knows there’s such a thing as serious puppetry, that it exists in the world. There were some amazing performances that really shifted my view of how powerful puppetry could be.” ~ Mark Russell, producer of Under the Radar Festival, The Public Theater


“The festival was massive for me. It was so important.” ~ Basil Twist, puppeteer, and Artistic Director, Dream Music Puppetry Program, Here Arts Center


For more information and to purchase the book go here!


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Coffeehouse Chronicles History LaMaMa etc Performing Arts Photography Video Women

Coffeehouse Chronicles #151: Ethyl Eichelberger @LaMama

Celebrating the life and work of Ethyl Eichelberger with panelists, live performances and archival materials!
Moderated by Miss Joan Marie Moossy 
Panelists: Brian BelovitchJoe E JeffreysJohn KellyLori E SeidBlack Eyed Susan and Mark Russell
Performances by: Jennifer Miller with Heather Green | Jeremy Halpern with Auntie Belle.

Coffeehouse Chronicles’ Michal Gamily introduces the event.

(l to r) Miss Joan Marie Moossy, Joe E. Jeffries, Mark Russell, Lori E. Seid, John Kelly

Black Eyed Susan performing a short piece written for her by Ethyl Eichelberger.

Still from short film by Peter Hujar featuring Ethyl Eichelberger shown at event.

Coffeehouse Chronicles #151 Panel and performers.

For more information on upcoming Coffeehouse Chronicles visit this site.

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Performing Arts Physical Theater The Public Theatre Women

Under the Radar – Festival of New Work

A premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance!

Check out the amazing lineup here!

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Comedy Dixon Place Music Party Performing Arts Story Teller Women

Dixon Place Donor Dinner – ‘Wake Up Call’ – 9/25/2017

Honoring:

Lisa Kron – Tony Award Winner (Fun House) playwright, actress, and DP Alum

Mark Russell – Founder/Director of Public Theater’s ‘Under The Radar Festival’.

Joy Tomchin – Award Winning Documentary filmmaker, human rights activist & champion of the arts

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Performances by:

Arielle Rosales & Brinda Guha – Blazing rhythms of Flamenco & Kathak dance.

R. Sikoryak – Master satirist & cartoonish.

Chesney Snow – NY’s premiere beatboxer & Drama Desk Award winning actor, star of the musical ‘In Transit‘ on Broadway.

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HOSTED by the Inimitable

Nancy Giles – Actress, writer, Pundette & Emmy Award-winning contributor to ‘CBS Sunday Morning’.

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AND WE’RE CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF
DP SAMARITAN DICK CONNETTE (Shhhh! it’s  a surprise!)

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Home-Cooked Creations by Richard Bach & Michael Hovett

Fall Flowers Generously Donated by Steven DeLaTorre & Carolyn Gregg – Flower Design L.P.

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TICKETS HERE!

DIXON PLACE – 161A Chrystie Street – New York NY 10012 – 212-219-0736

contact@dixonplace.org

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Film PS122 Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals Interview with Stage Manager/Lighting Designer Bill Schaffner

Bill Schaffner talks about his beginning work as a stage manager in California to working with Tom Murrin (Alien Comic) and the Full Moon Show in New York.

For more information on Bill go here:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/wschaffner

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Dance LaMaMa etc Magic Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts

Celebrating the Life of Tom Murrin @ La Mama Ellen Stewart Theater – Sunday June 3rd 2012

Patricia Sullivan welcomes you to an afternoon of words, images and performances honoring the beloved

TOM MURRIN (1939 – 2012)

Performance Artist, Playwright, Writer, Friend.

(Highlights from this wonderful event generously hosted by La Mama’s Ellen Stewart Theater.)

Pat Olezko‘s Inflatables greeted you at the entrance to La Mama for the Tom Murrin Celebration.

Tom Murrin’s desk was on display in the entrance.

Luna Macaroona Blessing by Annabel Sexton-Daltry and Salley and Louise May.

Agosta Machado with the Luna Macaroona Blessing.

Patricia Sullivan reads some very personal funny things about her husband.

Lucy Sexton was an amazing MC for this event. Wig and mask in hand.

Mimi Goese and Dick Connette perform ‘Fixing a Hole’ by the Beatles.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi share some hilarious stories about Tom.

Nicky Paraiso sings and gets the audience to participate in a ‘sing-a-long’.

Cary Curran dances a beautiful piece that Tom would have loved.

Mark Mitton levitates a table with the help of Tom’s sister.

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A tax deductible donation can me made in support of Tom’s Archives.

Make checks payable to “Artspire, A Program of NYFA”

In the memo line indicate “The Legend of Alien Comic”.

Mail to: Artspire, A Program of NYFA, Fiscal Sponsorship Program

20 Jay Street, 7th FLoor, Brooklyn NY 11201

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Other speakers of the evening included:

Jane Friedman

John Vaccaro

Ellie Covan

Message from Mark Russell

Carlo McCormack

Message from Alex Souldancer

Alien Comic Video edited by Larry Fessenden

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Thanks to Lori E. Seid and Bill Schaffner for making the great evening’s TECHNICAL brilliance.

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Dance Music Photography Variety Arts

30 Years and Just beginning – The PS122 Old School Benefit – The Last Night!

INTO THE WARP MUST GO!

The FINAL PERFORMANCE of PS122 happened tonight!

Introduced by the Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner.

MC – Carmelita Tropicana – struting her stuff at the opening of the evening.

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DAVID LESLIE

Entering the stage in a haze of smoke David Leslie smiles on the audience.

The piece he performed as ‘FINGER BANGING’ and it was intense and hysterical at the same time.

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THE WOOSTER GROUP

The “Hula” record was put on the old fashioned victrola by Kate Valk.

The company (Scott Shepard, Cynthia Hestrom, Ari Fliakos)danced up a storm to the “Hula” music from Hawaii.

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ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE

Rinnie Groff and Scott Shepherd in a ‘Cab Leg’.

Scott Shepherd, Rinnie Groff and Victoria Vazquez.

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BIG ART GROUP

The ensemble performs ‘SOSREMIX’.

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SPLIT BRITCHES

Lois Weaver of Split Britches photographing Salley May, Jennifer Miller and the MC, Carmelita Tropicana.

Peggy Shaw(l) and Lois Weaver performing an excerpt from ‘Retro Perspective’.

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FORCED ENTERTAINMENT

A video manifesto for PS122 by Sheffield’s  FORCED ENTERTAINMENT.

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MARK RUSSELL

Mark Russell – the man who served as artistic director from 1983 until 2004.

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BIG DANCE THEATRE

Balloons and more balloons in this verbal rap, romp thru politics and life.

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PHILIP GLASS

Philip Glass performed two pieces and the last one was titled ‘Closing’. Mesmerizing!

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A thoughtful token of appreciation was tossed to the stage by an audience member!

Vallejo leads the PS122 staff and supporters to a new life via performances all over the city and then back home in 3 years!

The last image projected onto the back wall of PS122 Performance Space on the last night of the OLD SCHOOL BENEFIT!

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