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.
A few Sundays ago I wondered out to Coney Island to visit and watch Scott Baker.
He was working as the ‘outside talker’ that day for Coney Island USA Sideshow and I was able to grab a few minutes of his delightful routine.
To hear more from Scott Baker go to my earlier interview with him here.
See His One-Man show “BANG!!! The Curse of John Wilkes Booth”. Verse, Song, Magic, Sideshow antics and standup comedy!
At the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, NYC: Sat., Aug 11 @ 4PM; Fri., Aug. 17, 7:15PM; Tues., Aug. 21 @ 5:45; Wed., Aug. 22 @ 2PM; Sat., Aug. 25 @ 7PM
The show was ‘on tour’ and I wanted to do some photography of the show. Scott Baker sat across from me at the table and we talked ‘sideshow‘ and variety arts. Lots in common regarding our favorite performers and genres.
Not long after that evening I heard Scott was in ‘chemo therapy’ for cancer. I hoped for the best!
Once I heard he was better I wanted to interview him about his work as a ‘Human blockhead, fire eater, glass eater, escape artist, master magician, ventriloquist, eats live crickets and lit cigarettes, swallows and regurgitates razor blades, performs levitations, outside talker.’.
We met a music rehearsal space near Times Square and the room was perfect for the interview. I ask Scott about his illness and he wrote this:
“To some, hearing that you have “The Big C” is a death sentence. It only made me furious, and I was determined to not let it get the better of me. Going for chemo and getting a radiation per day for seven weeks, I worked until I simply couldn’t move. It was extremely rough going, but through the miracle of modern science, medicine, and the faith of many friends, we kicked the thing! I had to learn to do many things all over again, and now hopefully do them much better. For the record, I had cancer of the squamous cells on upper left soft palate. To this day, nobody knows how I got it!”
Scott is Backand better than ever! I am posting a several videos for your enjoyment.