Travis and I both really enjoyed making these Vaudephone videos but couldn’t find a ‘sponsor’ to finance the continuation of the productions. Based on the Vitaphone series that is currently being packaged on DVD. So here is the first one and I will be posting more of them in the coming weeks! Enjoy!
Coney Island USA has been defending the honor of American Popular Culture for years. Using innovative exhibitions, and performances. Their ‘Funhouse Philosophers‘ is the resident theater company of Coney Island USA and it is under the direction of Artistic Director Dick Zigun. It is Dick Zigun who has authored this play “Dead End Dummy”. Directed by Trav S.D. with a stellar cast. I got to photograph the OPENING NIGHT performance and also got a few video clips which are presented below.
GO SEE IT! A ROLLER COASTER OF A SHOW…
Scott Baker and his vent dummy Moe in “Dead End Dummy” on Opening Night.
Poor Baby Bree singing a song with Scott Baker and his dummy Moe close behind.
Becca Bernard performs live music on piano and cello in the show.
Scott Baker in a tense moment with his dummy Moe.
Douglas Mackrell (playing Thomas Edison) with Scott Baker (Max) threatening him.
Scott Baker with his new companion Plugger McPat.
Trav S.D. (Director of the play) performs as the radio DJ who introduces Max to the radio audience.
Poor Baby Bree (playing Sara Hartburn) beautifully sings up a storm in the show.
Curtain Call photo with primaries of the show. (L to R) Bree Benton, Trav S.D.(with Moe), Scott Baker, playwright Dick D. Zigun (with Plugger McPat)
Scott Baker (Max), Bree Benton (Sara Hartburn), Douglas Mackrell (Edison), Becca Bernard (Beethoven) Arianna Geneson (Shadow), Rhiannon Schaefer (Shadow) Dick D. Zigun (Playwright), Trav S.D. (Director and DJ), Kate Dale (Scenic Designer), Marie Roberts (Art Designer), Alix Martin (Master Carpenter), Sarah Lahue (Stage Manager).
Video Excerpt with Douglas Mackrell and Scott Baker.
DEAD END DUMMY is coming to La Mama if you can’t make it to Coney Island.