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Tom Murrin’s play “Son of Cock-Strong” – A Reading by Peculiar Works Project

 

Tom Murrin‘s play “Son of Cock-Strong” (1970) was performed as a work-in-progress at The Club @ La Mama on April 26th, 2014.

Here are a few photographs from the evening’s reading with captions by Peculiar Works Project.

Ralph Lewis led Peculiar Works troupers on a wild ride to the top in Son of Cock-Strong. This non-sequel sequel (originally directed in 1970 by La MaMa bad boy John Vaccaro) follows Arthur Cock-Strong Jr.’s rise to power in a ridiculous musical with new compositions by Spencer Katzman.

Son of Cock-Strong at LaMama etc.The Son of Cock-Strong, Kevin Percival wins a musical motorcycle race as Mick Hilgers’ villain peddles on.

Son of Cock-Strong at laMama etc.Mick Hilgers lost the race but is good sport enough to join Kevin’s Cock-Strong, Jr. in a soulful duet, played by Spencer Katzman, Rob Gaines and Rob Mitzner.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_099Sylvia Milo’s flight attendant gives the boarding announcements—yes, Tom’s play takes a wild turn the airport.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_109A little girl (Caiti Lattimer) is stalked by a nefarious walkie-talkie puppet.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_118Arthur Cock-Strong, Jr. (Kevin Percival) pleads his case to Tim Cusack’s evil doctor.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_134Catherine Porter’s televangelist, St. Love, clowns for the congregation.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_159The congregation gets whipped into a joyful frenzy by Spencer Katzman’s original music with (l-to-r) Megan Cooper, Rachel Naar, Denis Gawley, Gabriele Schafer and Caiti Lattimer.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_177Kevin’s Arthur Jr. thinks we hit it on the nose, but St. Love’s hand-me-down protuberance is not long for this world.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_191Arthur Sr. and Mom died in their sleep, but Stan Baker and Megan Cooper brought them back to life.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_208In this peculiar play, one character starts as a make-up artist and ends as the President’s exercise instructor – and Joyce Miller made it work.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_213Cristi Castro as Aphasia struggles to recall the lyrics to a song she can’t sing.

2014.04.26_SonOfCkStrg_220Uncle Charlie sends everyone home happy (Gabriele Schafer, under all the hair, make-up, and Angela Harner’s costume)

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Director: Ralph Lewis

Producer: Barry Rowell

Composer: Spencer Katzman

Musical Director: Megan Cooper

Projection Designer: King Man Ho

Magic Consultant: Tom Klem

Interactivity Consultant: Jeff Wirth

Performers: Stan Baker, Cristi Castro, Megan Cooper, Tim Cusack, Rob Gaines, Denis Gawley, Mick Hilgers, King Man Ho, Spencer Katzman, Caiti Lattimer,Joyce Miller, Sylvia Milo, Rachel Naar, Kevin Percival, Catherine Porter, Gabriele Schafer

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Tom Murrin (1939–2012) was best known as a pioneering performance artist of the East Village scene, turning trash into treasure in his uniquely entertaining shows. But he began as one of the first generation of La MaMa playwrights and continued to write and present plays throughout his life. His influence on generations of artists spanning theater, performance art, and dance was profound and continues today.

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  The OBIE award-winning Peculiar Works Project creates, develops and presents original multi-disciplinary performances that are accessible and fun for diverse audiences. Since 1993, we’ve performed in unconventional spaces because we believe unique sites impact our work, the work in turn impacts the site, and audiences then experience both in surprising new ways. We encourage collaboration, experimentation and a rebel spirit in artists by providing them with the tools and opportunities necessary to develop new alternative performances. We have presented site-specific productions in landmark buildings, gutted storefronts and other peculiar sites throughout NYC.

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The Full Moon Show – Curated by Aunts – LaMama etc. April 17th, 2014

In this homage to the mood goddess Luna Macaroona on the occasion of the April Full Pink Moon, AUNTS presented a stellar lineup of performances and a touch of mayhem. The list was a ‘who’s who’ of the downtown performance scene. Hosted by Lucy Sexton.

Lucy Sexton performing at The Full Moon Show.Lucy Sexton hosted the Full Moon show with  joy and pizazz which was evident on her face throughout the night.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_026LaMama’s ‘The Club’  program director Nicky Paraiso holds up the program for the festival and gets the show started.

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Antonio Ramos performs at Full Moon Show.Opening this wonderful evening of performances was Antonio Ramos and his peculiar ‘barbie doll’ fantasy.

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Salley May performs at Full Moon ShowSalley May and her ‘Pink Full Moon’ piece was wonderful. Pedro J. Rosado(L) on stage with Salley.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_049Pedro J. Rosado (on floor) Louis Belle Ethyl May, Salley May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry fight to the finish.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_080Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry, Salley May, Pedro J. Roasdo, Lucy Sexton,Alice Klugherz and Louise Belle Ethyl May take curtain call.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_104Brooke O’Harra (at computer) and Sharon Hayes (standing) interpret a Tom Murrin performance using projection and monolog.

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Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot performing at Full Moon ShowKaty Pyle and Jules Skloot start their piece in the back of the theater above the audience.

Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot at The Full Moon Show

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Stan Baker performs at the Human TV at The Full Moon ShowStan Baker performs his ‘infamous’ and hilarious hilarious ‘Human TV’.

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Alice Klugherz performs a solo movement/monlog at Full Moon ShowAlice Klugherz performs a solo movement/monolog.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_210Alice Klugherz ends the piece in a stark, bold costume undulating to the floor.

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Lucy Sexton at The Full Moon Show.Periodically during the show Lucy Sexton would liven up the crowd with her charm.

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LumbeRob performs at The Full Moon ShowRob Erickson (LUMBEROB) performed his “Tom’s Alien Flight School’ routine.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_257Utilizing electronic equipment and his voice LUMBEROB created an audio track that was brilliant.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_270Heidi Dorow and Diana Y Greiner adorn mask and performed with Julian Fleisher as dj.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_280Introducing the “Westchester Free Theater” was a lovely woman who had a lot to say about Theater.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_328The Westchester Free Theater company members danced and sang a song accompanied by a live music trio.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_355Suddenly from the audience a voice (Chris Tanner) is heard singing a lovely song.

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Bif Locamp performs at The Full Moon ShowAfter taking a short hit from his metal flask Biff Locamp (James Godwin) addresses the audience.

Jonathan Ames introduces the 'Impact Addict'.Jonathan Ames talks about his friend Tom Murrin and introduces the “Battle of the Sexes” boxing match.

"The Impact Addict" David LeslieIn this corner – Introducing “The Impact Addict” – David Leslie

2014.04.17_FullMoon_375VS Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis. David gets the first punch towards Sonya but misses.

David Leslie in a boxing match at The Full Moon ShowAnother good try for both contestants as the match moves to the 2nd round.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_405Sonya gets her right fist into David’s gut as cigar yielding Galinsky spots the fighters while leaning on the wall.

Sonya wins the match at The Full Moon Show.Jonathan Ames holds up the winner Sonya’s arm.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_414Jonathan holds up David’s arm as he is a winner too!

2014.04.17_FullMoon_427After the boxing match David Leslie sits ringside with his adorable son Brooks looking startled.


 

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Enticing the audience to open their Luna Receptors, Lucy Sexton, Laurie Berg (AUNTS producer) and James Godwin celebrate a great night in honor of a great legend. 

2014.04.17_FullMoon_438Still from video. Tom Murrin talking to the Luna Macaroona via his Luna phone.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_424Stage Manager Lori E.Seid was so vital to making this great evening possible!

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More shows for the next two weeks! Make sure you come and celebrate by seeing one of these fun shows.

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Stan Baker – The Human Television @ Cornelia Street Cafe

Stan Baker – The Human Television

I met Stan many years ago performing in the streets of New York City. He has captured the insane fanaticism of current TV with comedy and satire in his act.

I found him performing recently at the wonderful Cornelia Street Cafe basement cabaret. Sharing the bill with another veteran street performer Poez.

I did a video interview with Stan and Poez. I will post Stan’s here with a short clip from his show as well.

Poez’s video interview will be in a separate posting soon.