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“Jack and the Beanstalk” – A Holiday Treat for the family!

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 PantoJack & the Beanstalk returns 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. 

Dec 14th – 30th @Abrons Arts Center

$20 for December 14 performance
$25 for December 15-16 performances
$35 for December 20-23 performances
$45 for December 27-30 performances
Recommended for ages 5+

~ Karen Jenson interviews Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz ~

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TICKETS ARE GOING QUICKLYGO HERE FOR YOURS!

 

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Interview with Michael Johnnie Lynch and Jenni Gil

Karen Jenson interviews Michael Johnnie Lynch and Jenni Gil

“Michael Johnnie Lynch’s riotous Dame Delancey” – New York Times

Tickets/Information can be obtained here.

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Interview with Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz

Returning this Holiday Season to Abrons Arts Center!

December 14th – 30th, 2018

~ DISCOUNT CODES FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ~
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 ~ JACK AND THE BEANSTALK ~

Last year during the Holiday season I attended the performance at Abrons Arts Center of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. This production was based on the English Pantomime tradition and was written by Mat Fraser and directed by Julie Atlas Muz.

Vaudevisuals own Karen Jenson visited them backstage between shows for this wonderful interview.

 “funny, big-hearted and utterly charming production” –  NY TIMES

Read more here – New York Times Review!

Only 5 more performances! 

Tickets here.

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“Jack and the Beanstalk” at Abrons Arts Center

ABRONS ARTS CENTER AND ONEOFUS PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF 

JACK & THE BEANSTALK

“Now more than ever, New York City needs family 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 6–23Jack & 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 MuzJack & 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 MartiniHawthorn Albatross IIIMichael Johnnie LynchMatt RoperJenni GilDavid IlkuChristina DuryeaSarah FolkinsEkaterina SknarinaJonathan RodriguezPoison IvoryAllison JaneMikey GiordanoLute BreuerRachael 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.

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Coney Island USA Benefit – Amazing Night for All!

CONEY ISLAND USA BENEFIT SPECTACULAR

Fred Kahl and Dick ZigunThe Great Fredini (Fred Kahl) and Coney Island USA founder/director Dick Zigun.

Adam Bishop and Patrick David Wall

Bambi The Mermaid and Chuck Varga

Reverend Billy and his megaphone reached out to all those present to honor Coney Island USA and Founder  Dick Zigun.

Coney Island’s ‘in house’ photog Norman Blake hard at work capturing the essence of Coney Island USA for years!

Tiger Bay (Miss Coney Island 2017) Patrick Salazar (Mr. Strange) and Fancy Feast (Miss Coney Island 2016

Velvet Crayon performing some of his own tunes.

Adam Realman performs his awesome cigarette swallowing act.

The Great Fredini performs the infamous sideshow trick “human blockhead” with 2 ice picks.

Mat Fraser performs the ‘Sealo the Seal Boy’ act made famous by Stanley Berent in 1941.

Jennifer Miller performed a juggling act with machetes and a hysterical monolog.

Fire eating performer Nola Star lights up the stage with fire and heat! Wonderful act!

Tesla coil, fire and wild makeup are the token ingredients for Jellyboy the Clown.

Unzipping the overalls and revealing the bird costume was burlesque performer Tiger Bay’s act.

One of the many Auction Table’s where curious and wonderful items were going to the highest bidder.

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Reverend Billy with his megaphone preaches to the crowd!

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Sideshow Oddities – Dwarfs, Midgets and others….

Sideshow Oddities – Dwarfs, Midgets and others….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF_IsA8NC8k

Matt Fraser who has performed at Coney Island USA was featured on the American Horror Story TV Series.

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Sideshow performer en:The Enigma (Paul Lawrence), taken at my home in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada prior to his performance June 6, 2005

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Singer’s Midgets

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“Midgets of America”

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Admiral Dot – Thirteen years old; Twenty-five inches high. 15 lbs.

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With P.T. Barnum’s Traveling World’s Fair

Admiral Dot – Sixteen years old; Twenty-five inches high. 19lbs.

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Mignon the Penguin Girl

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Jumbo was once the biggest elephant in captivity. He lived from December 25, 1860 – September 15, 1885. He was actually the first African elephant that reached modern Europe alive. In 1962, he was captured by hunters and then later sold to dealers. He was eventually traded to the London Zoological Gardens for a rhinoceros and had lived in the London Zoo for approximately 16 years.

In 1882, Jumbo was purchased for $10,000 by Phineas Taylor Barnum (the founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus).  Jumbo was then shipped to the United States. This purchase was profitable for Barnum because it not only was a great addition to his circus, but it also started a new trend. People were wanting all things to be Jumbo. They would even have Jumbo jewelry and neckties.

Jumbo had toured with Barnum’s circus for three years. Unfortunately, his life ended in September of 1885. He died from a railway accident in Ontario, Canada and had left the world in tears. However, even though he was dead, he wasn’t all the way gone. This is because his bones were preserved. They were displayed at both Barnum’s circus and later at museums. For many years, they were displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. However, the skeleton was eventually put away because over time, people forgot who this huge elephant was.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 8.31.50 PMStudents standing by the giant Jumbo taxidermy in the year 1922.

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Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 8.48.37 PMThe Hilton Sisters

Appearing in Todd Browning‘s film ‘Freaks‘ and then in their own “Chained for Life“, The Hilton Sisters had a very diverse career. Recently a feature documentary “Bound by Flesh” was made about their life by Leslie Zemekis.

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The Tom Murrin Performance Award @ Dixon Place – April 25th, 2013 – Award Winners “ANIMALS”

A great night for all those that attended.

The Tommy Award has been established to honor Tom Murrin’s life & work by offering a transformative career opportunity to an outstanding artist or company.

Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement supplied the rockin music for the evening.Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement supplied the rockin music for the evening.

Performanz artist Pat Oleszko host the toast to Tom Murrin

Performanz artist Pat Oleszko host the toast to Tom Murrin.

Dixon Place founder and Artistic director opens the night with a nice talk about Tom.

Dixon Place founder and Artistic director Ellie Covan opens the night with a nice talk about Tom.

Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz add spice to the evening's festivities.

Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz add spice to the evening’s festivities.

Patricia Sullivan talks about her first meeting Tom.

Patricia Sullivan talks about her first meeting Tom.

Tommy Award Winning group ANIMALS video is projected.

Tommy Award Winning group ANIMALS video is projected.

The audience at the event was there when I took this picture.

Ellie Covan introduced me and I got up and took this photograph of the audience.

Pat Oleszko talks about the award she designed for the event.

Pat Oleszko talks about the award she designed for the event.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi present the award to ANIMALS.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi present the award to ANIMALS.

ANIMALS performance group.

ANIMALS performance group. (l. to r. Michael De Angelis, Nikki Calonge, and Mike Mikos)

Elated ANIMALS group.

Elated about this TOMMY award the ANIMALS group express it.

Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement

Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement finishes the night off.

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Video interview with ANIMALS on Vaudevisuals here.

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Panelist for the 1st Annual Tommy Award:

Noel Allain (Bushwick Starr)

Arthur Aviles (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)

Michael Cross Burke (Trinity/LaMama)

Ellie Covan (Dixon Place)

Katy Einerson (Dixon Place)

James Godwin (Performance Artist)

Jeffrey Jones (Little Theatre)

Salley May (Performance Artist

Nicky Paraiso (La Mama)

Samara Naeymi (Incubator Arts Project)

Brian Rodgers (The Chocolate Factory)

Lucy Sexton (Performer, Producer, Director)

Patricia Sullivan (Photographer & Tom’s wife)

Marya Warshaw (Brooklyn Arts Exchange)

Martha Wilson (Franklin Furnace)

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PS122 – “Avant-Garde-Arama” @ Abrons Arts Center – Day 1 – Friday, April 12, 2013

Last night was the first night of two ‘Avant-Garde-Arama‘ presented at the lovely Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side.

A Tribute to the late downtown luminary performance artist Tom Murrin, aka Alien Comic, in celebreation of his 28 years of performing in Avant-Garde-Arama.

Co-hosted by Dynasty Handbag and Jonathan Ames.

The lineup was amazing!

Elevator Repair Service

David Leslie

James Godwin

Alice Klugherz

Cornelius Loy

Brave Nude World Study #1: Etude en Nude -Directed by Lulie Atlas Muz

Dynasty Handbag

Here are some images from the evenings festivities.

Salley May witjh Louise May and Annabel Sexton Daldry

Salley May with Louise Belle Ethyl May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry.

Jonathan Ames

CoHost Jonathan Ames does one of his ‘hairy calls’.

Jibz Cameron cohost the show

Dynasty Handbag cohosted the show with Jonathan Ames.

Mat Fraser sings a beautiful song.

Starting off the “Brave Nude World Study” piece was Mat Fraser singing an amazingly beautiful song.

Julie Atlas Muiz on stage photograpjhing the Etude en Nude dancers.

Julie Atlas Muiz on stage photographing the ‘Etude en Nude’ dancers.

Alice lugherz performing on stage.

Alice Klugherz performing on stage in a monolog followed by dance.

Dynasty Handbag had the audience in laughter.

Dynasty Handbag had the audience in laughter with her wild dance improv.

Cornelius Loy mesmerized the audience with his therimin and hypnotic stare.

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.

David Leslie dances in a space suit as Tom looks on from the moon.

Salley May host the '40seondStreet' segment of the show.

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.

Audience member dances for himself with audience watching but not hearing the music.

James Godwin performs a 'bunraku' style puppet piece.

James Godwin performs a ‘bunraku’ style puppet piece.

Elevator Repair Service curtain call after their play

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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Summer 2011 – Coney Island Side Show

The hurrican Sandra is upon us and I found something to make us warmer.

A nice video from this last Summer where I was invited to photograph Tanya Solomon ‘outside talking’ on the ‘bally platform’ at Coney Island Sideshow.

Established in 1985 by Coney Island US. The still running ‘Sideshows by the Seashore” is a ten-in-one circus sideshow.

This is directly from their website.

Here are a photograph I took out from and the video of Tanya at work.

Pictured here left to right is Mat Fraser ‘The Seal Boy’, Tanya Solomon, and Serpentina

Video of Tanya working in front of the Coney Island Sideshow.