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Vaudevisuals interview with Robert Prichard – “Surf Reality”

 The interview with SURF REALITY  co-founder Robert Prichard

Performers who played Surf Reality include: (A Who’s Who of the downtown performing arts scene)

Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Louis Black, Rick Shapiro, Jeff Ross, Judah Friedlander, Sarah Gold, Sonya Sohn, Michael Portnoy, John S Hall and King Missile, Kimya Dawson and Moldy Peaches, Seth Faergolzia (Dufus), St. Rev Jen Miller , Faceboy, Maggie Estep, Angelo Moore (Dr. Mad Vibe from Fishbone), World Famous Bob, Michael Moschen, Matt Mitler, Glen Heroy, Ben Stiller, Trav SD, Irwin Smalls Trio, a comedy duo featuring Adam Felber (head writer for Bill Maher), Eric Drysdale (head writer for Colbert Report), Tammy Faye Starlite, Premium Bob (avant-garde comedy duo), Jay Martel, Steve Ratazzi, Todd Alcott, The Poster Boys, Mo B Dick, Linda HillMike Epps, Deb Margolin, James Godwin, Coo-Coo Handler. Tom Burnett, Akim Funk Buddha, Brad Prowley, Bob Greenberg, Dave Konig, Burn Manhattan, Colleen Werthman, Sloven & Allen, Randy and Jason Sklar, Amy Sohn, David Jenness, Victor Verhaeghe, Robert Sikoryak, Alien Comic (Tom Murrin), Doug Skinner, Aaron Beale, Peter Pitofsky, Zeroboy
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“The atmosphere is more party than performance. The audience — many of whom will perform — bring beer from the local delis. Typical hallway conversation runs like this: “I’ll go on for three minutes, then you break in with this poem . . .” All performers get a care package, which this night included a condom, a lollipop, and a mint.”
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 Quotes from the press about Surf Reality!
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“At Surf Reality a form of comedy is being worked on even more alternative than alternative comedy”  – The New Yorker
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“Surf Reality is …the brackish undertow of the cultural comedic wave, a radical rejection of standard stand-up” – The Wall Street Journal
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 “Surf Reality continues its quest to present the best in alternative comedy” – Daily News
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“Best Performance Art, Very Funny.”  – NY Press, Best of Manhattan ’97
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“Surf Reality, the Lower East Side’s infamous bastion of cutting edge, theatrical zaniness…” – Shout Magazine 1999
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 Check out the Surf Reality website from back-in-the-day! 
Feb 2001
April 2002
 June 2002
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Written History of Surf Reality by Robert Prichard
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 One of the many productions that Surf Reality’s Tom and Rob produced after leaving Allen Street was a show titled
Radical Vaudeville“.
Here is a review of Radical Vaudeville presented at The Krane Theatre in 2014.
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Article in The Villager about Robert’s project in 2012 titled “64 Paintings”
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One of the posters for FACEBOY’s OPEN MIKE show. 
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Interior shot of Surf Reality
Surf Reality Theater interior
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Flyer created to announce Reverend Jen’s ‘Warrior Elf” show.
Rev Jen's Warrior Elf show poster
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“Grindhouse A-Go-Go” poster  circa 1999
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Poster from Jan 1998 
Robert is currently the ‘Talent Director” of  RadioFreeBrooklyn – a non-commercial  freeform Internet radio station.
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Dixon Place Music Performing Arts Photography

Dixon Place 25th Anniversary Donor Dinner – Sunday April 10, 2011


The Dixon Place theater was decked out for this really special event!

I was able to get into the space before the quests arrived and get a glimpse of the wonderful setup.

The food was terrific (Catered by Marion’s A Go-Go)and the wine was delicious.

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The Dixon Place ‘Fearless’ leader and founder Ellie Covan started the evening off.

The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was none other than “World Famous *Bob*.”

Introdroducing the first act of the evening.

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Leah Coloff

Extraordinary cellist/singer

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Laughing it up with the audience ‘BOB’ introduces the next act.

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James Godwin

Outre puppeteer James Godwin performs a ‘bunraku’ style puppet piece in low light. Hysterical!

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Karen Kandel

Downtown theatre legend  performs a heart felt poem to a jazz track. Captivating!

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Danielle King

An amazing display of aerial pyrotechnics in the tradition of The Matrix.

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Geo Wyeth

Musical Maven

A solo drum and piano piece showed us his vast spectrum of musical talent.

Candice Strongwater snapped this picture of a very attentive audience during Geo Wyeth’s piano piece.

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Catherine Porter and Ellie Covan award the Donors their evenings ‘Prizes”

Dick Connette describes his original involvement with Dixon Place and Ellie Covan.

Wonderful story and could have only happened in New York!

The 25th Anniversary GUESTS OF HONOR whose generosity made the new Dixon Place possible.

Dick Connette, Composer and former DP Board Member

Donn Russell, The Peg Santvoord Foundation

David Hapgood and Pierre Tonachel, The Katherine Dalglish Foundation

Charles Blaichman, Jack Glazer and Bella B. Sekons, GB Construction

Dixon Place and all those that have attended shows and will in the future would like to THANK  ALL OF YOU!


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“World Famous *Bob*” introduces the last act of the evening. From her favorite community in NY.

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Archie Burnett and Javier (Madrid) Ninja

Vogue masters forsure!

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After THANKING all the donors/supporters and fans of Dixon Place and making them realize

that ‘we wouldn’t be here without you’…Ellie walked off the stage into the theatre/dining area with a great spirit

thinking about the New Dixon Place~

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Those behind the scene people that make Dixon Place work day to day include:

The Board of Directors: Richard Bach, Patricia Flanagan, Michael Howett, Eric Jensen, Emily Morgan.

All of the interns that make the place WORK SO SMOOTH!

For more information about Dixon Place and a calender of performances check out this link!

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