Shot entirely in Washington Square Park during one of Joey-Joey’s performances. Ilse Somers (High Heels, Low Tide 2012) assembled a great camera crew and shot some wonderful footage of Joey performing live. This kind of performance was a regular occurrence in the park. Many other performers took this spot to entertain the ‘built-in’ audiences. Charlie Barnett was one of the other comedians that got his start in this park.
I was friends with Joseph Colon (lost contact after he moved to Europe) and I had the chance to document many of his performances as well as some shots in the studio. Here is one of them.
I really miss those days in Washington Square Park in the late 1980’s. It was a hot bed for great talent working on their material. Like a 20th Century Vaudeville circuit at home in NYC!
“It’s Magic Time!” That colorful promise began each performance at the Caffe Cino, the storied Greenwich Village coffeehouse that fostered the gay and alternative theatre movements of the 1960s and launched the careers of such stage mainstays as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Robert Heide, Harry Koutoukas, Robert Patrick, Robert Dahdah, Helen Hanft, Al Pacino, and Bernadette Peters. As Off-Off-Broadway productions enjoy a deserved resurgence,theatre historian and actor Wendell C. Stone reopens the Cino’s doors in this vibrant look at the earliest days of OOB.
Rife with insider interviews and rich with evocative photographs, Caffe Cino: The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway provides the first detailed account of Joe Cino’s iconic café theatre and its influence on Americantheatre. A hub of artistic innovation and haven for bohemians, beats, hippies, and gays, the café gave a much-sought outlet to voices otherwise shunned by mainstream entertainment. The Cino’s square stage measured only eight feet, but the dynamic ideas that emerged there spawned the numerous alternative theatre spaces that owe their origins to the risky enterprise on Cornelia Street.
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Excerpt from the Introduction
Caffe Cino, 31 Cornelia Street, NYC
Joe Cino (L.) and Edward Albee at a benefit for the Caffe Cino after a fire, 1965, Photo: James D. Gossage.