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REVISIT – LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #129 – Contemporary Puppet Theater

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Five years ago LaMama theater presented this wonderful ‘Coffeehouse Chronicles’ examining the contemporary puppet theater from the 1970s to 2015. I thought it would bring some joy to those that missed this wonderful event and others to repost in these difficult times.


Contemporary Puppet Theater

Curator: Michal Gamily

Panelists: Ralph Lee, Roman Paska, Lake Simons and Amy Trompetter

Cheryl Henson introduces the evening’s agenda to the audience.


Federico Restrepo talks to the audience about his show “Undefined Fraction”. 

Lake Simons performs an excerpt from “Wind Set Up”.

Amy Trompetter talks to the audience about her history performing political theater with puppets.

Roman Paska talks about his work and the 1970’s and it’s influences

Coffeehouse Chronicles #129 participants: L to R – Amy Trompetter, Arthur Adair, Roman Paska, Lake Simons, Michal Gamily, Cheryl Henson, Jane Catherine Shaw, Ralph Lee.


Here are 2 videos that include much of the afternoon’s discussions.
Part 1 and Part 2

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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.

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #133 – John Kelly – LaMama – March 26th, 2016

Coffeehouse Chronicles #133 – John Kelly


Video ©2016 Nelson Sullivan

untitled-17Left to Right: John Kelly, John Jesurun, Nicky Paraiso, Kevin Malony, Kyle De Camp and moderator Lucy Sexton

untitled-21John Jesurun talks about his work with John Kelly and the artistic climate in the early 1980’s in New York.




John Kelly and Carol Lipnik sing the “Cupid Song”.

untitled-45Back Row – L to R: Michal Gamily (Curator), Kevin Malony, Carol Lipnik, John Jesurun, Nicky Paraiso, Arthur Adair/

Front Row: John Kelly, Kyle De Camp, Lucy Sexton

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For more videos of John Kelly visit his You Tube channel HERE!

Or visit his website for upcoming events.

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #132 – TALKING BAND – LaMama etc – March 12th, 2016

The Talking Band

The Talking Band has been making innovative and influential theater works in New York for 40 years. Collectively, the founders have earned 11 OBIE awards and numerous other honors. The company has performed at nearly all of New York’s celebrated downtown venues, including LaMama, PS 122, Theater for the New City, Dance Theater Workshop, The Ohio Theater, The Flea Theater, and HERE Arts Center. Nearly 50 of its original productions include The Golden Toad, Marcellus Shale, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, Bitterroot, Radnevsky’s Real Magic, Painted Snake in a Painted Chair, Black Milk Quartet and The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol.

The Coffeehouse Chronicles #132 hosted founder Paul Zimet and other founding members for this special survey of their work which included slides, videos and panel discussion. Since the afternoon covered 40 years of work I captured some photographs and a few videos to represent the span of work that The Talking Band created.

Event Moderator: Morgan Jenness

Panelists: Tina Shepard, Ellen Maddow, Paul Zimet, Jack Wetherall, Harry Mann, Lizzie Olesker, Isaac Maddow-Zimet, and Anya Maddow-Zimet.

Paul Zimet talking about the Talking BandPaul Zimet – Director/Writer/Co-Founder of The Talking Band.

Jack Weatherall with The Talking BandJack Weatherall talking to the audience about his experiences with The Talking Band.

2016.03.12_LaMama.097Flyer for The Talking Band production of BIG MOUTH at LaMama in 1985

2016.03.12_LaMama.051Tina Shepard (Founding member) talks about her experience with The Talking Band since 1973.

2016.03.12_LaMama.117Harry Mann and Ellen Maddow participate in the panel discussion talking about their work with The Talking Band.

2016.03.12_LaMama.187Isaac Maddow-Zimet talks about his early memories of being on stage with The Talking Band.

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2016.03.12_LaMama.197Paul Zimet and Ellen Maddow won OBIE awards in 2002-03 for their show.

Tina Shepard sings a song "What's Next",Tina Shepard singing “What’s Next?” from the show ‘The Golden Toad’.

2016.03.12_LaMama.255Group shot of the Panel and participants of the Talking Band event at LaMama. 

The following video has sound issues due to acoustics in the room it was recorded.

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LAMAMA COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #131 – Mabou Mines

Coffeehouse Chronicles #131 – Mabou Mines

The afternoon event was broken into several different segments.

The first segment was titled “Genesis” – Moderated by Bonnie Marranca with Lee Breuer.

The second segment was titled “Collaborative Hive, hosted by Greg Mehrten with Lee Breuer, Bill Raymond and Karen Kandel.

The third segment was an excerpt from the performance “Imagining the Imaginary Invalid” performed by Christianna Nelson and Clove Galilee.

The fourth segment was a panel discussion titled ‘Confederation of Warrior Ants’ moderated by Jessica Brater.

The panelist included  Sharon Fogarty, Karen Kandel, Lee Breuer, Maude Mitchell, David Neumann & Clove Galilee.

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2016.01.30_MabouMnes.13Bonnie Marranca with Lee Breuer during the Genesis Panel Discussion.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.46Karen Kandel talking about her work with Mabou Mines during the second segment.


“Collaborative Hive”, with Karen Kandel, Bill Raymond and Lee Breuer and hosted by Greg Mehrten.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.60“Imagining the Imaginary Invalid” live performance with Christianna Nelson and Clove Galilee.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.84(Left to Right) Burke Brown, Christianna Nelson, Jenny Rogers, Clove Galilee and moderator Jessica Brater.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.106(Left to Right) Lee Breuer, David Neumann, Clove Galilee, Karen Kandel, Maude Mitchell and Sharon Ann Fogerty.

Coffeehouse Chronicles Personel:
Series Director: Michael Gamily
Educational Outreach: Arthur Adair
Sound Design: Tim Schellenbaum
Sound Technician: Hao Bai
Videography: Culture Hub
Social Media Editor & Photographer: Ryan Leach

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #128 – Dario D’Ambrosi and Teatro Patologico

Dario D’Ambrosi and Teatro Patologico

Coffeehouse Chronicles #128 began with Dario D’Ambrosi performing an excerpt from his show “Tutti non ci sono”. at LaMama etc.
The event was a review of his work and the company he created TEATRO PATOLOGICO.
There was also a demonstration of ‘warm up’ and ‘acting method’ performed by members of the TeatroPatologico.
Dario D’Ambrosi has been part of the LaMama theatre community for 35 years.

2015.10.17_Dario.091The program included a panel discussion with moderator James LevinFabio Granato, Dario D’Argento and Manuela Filiaci.

2015.10.17_Dario.033James Levin, moderator, was an original member of Dario’s theatre company.

2015.10.17_Dario.099Dario D’Ambrosi began his relationship with Ellen Stewart 35 years ago.

2015.10.17_Dario.074Teachers at the Teatro Patologico.( L to R) Mauro Cardinali, Francesco Maria Crudele, Chiara Lauret, Celester Moratti, Dj Paceccio.

2015.10.17_Dario.089Dario D’Ambrosi and the Teatro Patologico with Coffehouse Chronicles staff and friends.

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 4.58.58 PMStill from the LaMama production of Teatro Patologico  ‘Medea’.

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LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #125 – Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Coffeehouse Chronicles #125 – April 25th, 2015

Celebrating the work of Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Moderator for the evening was Gayle Tufts.

A ‘free’, interactive, educational series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village ‘coffeehouse theatres’ of the 1960’s through today. Part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum.

Here are a few photographs from the evening’s event.

Brian Moran does an improv dance piece.Brian Moran (one of the original members of School of Hard Knocks)performs a dance improv.

2015.04.25_Chuma.323Moderator Gayle Tufts and Yoshiko do a little duo together.

Yoshiko Chuma slyly approaches the microphone.Yoshiko Chuma slyly approaches the microphone.

Deborah Jowitt reads during the panel discussion.Panel #1 – Left to Right: Yoshiko Chuma, Gayle Tufts, Deborah Jowitt, Brian Moran, Lori E. Seid.

Deborah Jowitt talks about her experiences watching Yoshiko Chuma over the years.

Brian Moran talks about his time performingBrian Moran talks about his time performing with Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks.

2015.04.25_Chuma.147Yoshiko talks about her work with the company in the early days of it’s formation.

2015.04.25_Chuma.176Lori E. Seid talks about her time working with the company as lighting designer and stage manager.

Ursula Eagly talks about her time with YoshikoUrsula Eagly talks about her time with Yoshiko using a powerpoint presentation.

2015.04.25_Chuma.191Ursula’s powerpoint was very informative as what countries Yoshiko had worked in and the people she worked with.

Gayle Tufts and Bob FlyntGayle Tufts talks with photographer/painter Bob Flynt about his photographs of Yoshiko and the company.

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PANEL #2 – Allyson Green, Elise Bernhardt and Gabriel Berry.

Allyson GreenAllyson Green talks about Yoshiko’s work and it’s impact on her.

Elise BernhardtElise Bernhardt talks about her inspiration from Yoshiko’s work.

Gabriel BerryGabriel Berry discusses her work making costumes for Yoshiko and the company.

2015.04.25_Chuma.253Yoshiko Chuma and Robert Black perform a duo with his bass.

2015.04.25_Chuma.259Robert Black behind Yoshiko in their duo.

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PANEL #3 – Jodi Melnick, Ursula Eagly and Mizuo Peck. (no photos)

2015.04.25_Chuma.317Gayle Tufts talks to the audience about her work performing in Germany/Austria.

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During the evening their were photographs of Yoshiko Chuma’s early performance days by Dona Ann McAdams, a scene from a film by Jacob Burckhardt (It Don’t Pay to be an Honest Citizen)1984

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During the panel discussion Deborah Jowitt reads excerpts from her reviews and experiences watching Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks.
Brian Moran talks about his early days working with Yoshiko Chuma &The School of Hard Knocks.

Recollections and remembrances of working with Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks by Lori E. Seid.
Introduced by Gayle Tufts. Part of the LaMama Etc series.

An example of the dance work done by Yoshiko Chuma & School of Hard Knocks is demonstrated by dancer Megumi Eda in a short solo piece.

During the evening Yoshiko Chuma and Robert Black engaged in an improv with nothing but his bass and bow and Yoshiko's dancing.
Nicky Paraiso sings and Dane Terry and Nicky do a piano relay.

One of the talents Gayle Tufts has is singing. Here she sings a song she wrote.
Accompanied by Nicky Paraiso on the piano and Robert Black on Bass.

Part of the Coffehouse Chronicles #125.
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LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #124 – Ping Chong

Coffeehouse Chronicles #124 was presented on March 14th, 2015. A ‘free’, interactive, educational series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village ‘coffeehouse theatres’ of the 1960’s through today. Part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum.

The curator Michael Gamily opened the evening with comments followed by an interview with Ping Chong by Victoria Abrash.

Victoria Abrash interviews Ping Chong.Moderator Victoria Abrash interviews theater artist Ping Chong.

Ping Chong discusses his work.During the interview slides surveying Ping Chong’s work were projected. Ping discusses his early days.

2015.03.14_PingChg.021Alvin Eng (far right) talks about his first encounter with the work of Ping Chong. Talvin Wilks seated to his left.

Alvin Eng speaking at Coffeehouse ChroniclesAlvin Eng talks about growing up in the Queens, NY ‘Chinatown’.

Talvin Wilks talks about collaborating with Ping Chong.Talvin Wilks talks about collaborating with Ping Chong.

Moriamo Akibu talks at Coffehouse ChroniclesMoriamo Akibu talks to the audience about what it is like to work on ‘Collidescope’ project.

The evening also presented video excerpts from “Truth & Beauty” (by Ping Chong, Michael Rohd, Jeff Rose. Virginia Tech, 1999) & “Collidescope: Adventures of Pre and Post Racial America” (by Ping Chong & Talvin Wilks, University of Maryland, 2014)

2015.03.14_PingChg.096(Left to right) Victoria Abrash, Ping Chong, Alvin Eng, Talvin Wilks, Moriamo Akibu, Michal Gamily and Arthur Adair.

 

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LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #122 – Yara Arts Group

On January 31, 2015, LaMama presented their #122 Coffeehouse Chronicles evening.

The night was dedicated to Yara Arts Group.

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Julian Kytasty performs at LaMamaThe beautiful Prelude music was Julian Kytasty.

untitled (10 of 72)Moderated by Svitlana Matviyenko. (Far right)(Far left to Right) Watoku Ueno, Virlana Tkacz, Wanda Phipps.

untitled (18 of 72)Yara resident designer Watoku Uneo talks about his early days with the company.

untitled (26 of 72)Wanda Phibbs talks about her work as dramaturg for the company.

untitled (43 of 72)Virlana Tkacz (director) told the audience many stories of the company in it’s early days and what it is doing presently.

untitled (65 of 72)Cast members (l to r) Masha Pruss, Marina Celander, Akiko Hiroshima(with mic), Meredith Wright and Julia Dobner-Pereira talk about their experiences with the group and the multi-language approach.

For more information on Yara Arts Group, visit their website. www.brama.com/yara

LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles is Curated by Michal Gamily
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Special 25th Year Anniversary of Yara Arts Group at The Ukranian Musuem. More information here.