Coffeehouse Chronicles #132 – TALKING BAND – LaMama etc – March 12th, 2016

The Talking Band

The Talking Band has been making innovative and influential theater works in New York for 40 years. Collectively, the founders have earned 11 OBIE awards and numerous other honors. The company has performed at nearly all of New York’s celebrated downtown venues, including LaMama, PS 122, Theater for the New City, Dance Theater Workshop, The Ohio Theater, The Flea Theater, and HERE Arts Center. Nearly 50 of its original productions include The Golden Toad, Marcellus Shale, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, Bitterroot, Radnevsky’s Real Magic, Painted Snake in a Painted Chair, Black Milk Quartet and The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol.

The Coffeehouse Chronicles #132 hosted founder Paul Zimet and other founding members for this special survey of their work which included slides, videos and panel discussion. Since the afternoon covered 40 years of work I captured some photographs and a few videos to represent the span of work that The Talking Band created.

Event Moderator: Morgan Jenness

Panelists: Tina Shepard, Ellen Maddow, Paul Zimet, Jack Wetherall, Harry Mann, Lizzie Olesker, Isaac Maddow-Zimet, and Anya Maddow-Zimet.

Paul Zimet talking about the Talking BandPaul Zimet – Director/Writer/Co-Founder of The Talking Band.

Jack Weatherall with The Talking BandJack Weatherall talking to the audience about his experiences with The Talking Band.

2016.03.12_LaMama.097Flyer for The Talking Band production of BIG MOUTH at LaMama in 1985

2016.03.12_LaMama.051Tina Shepard (Founding member) talks about her experience with The Talking Band since 1973.

2016.03.12_LaMama.117Harry Mann and Ellen Maddow participate in the panel discussion talking about their work with The Talking Band.

2016.03.12_LaMama.187Isaac Maddow-Zimet talks about his early memories of being on stage with The Talking Band.


2016.03.12_LaMama.197Paul Zimet and Ellen Maddow won OBIE awards in 2002-03 for their show.

Tina Shepard sings a song "What's Next",Tina Shepard singing “What’s Next?” from the show ‘The Golden Toad’.

2016.03.12_LaMama.255Group shot of the Panel and participants of the Talking Band event at LaMama. 

The following video has sound issues due to acoustics in the room it was recorded.

Jim R. Moore


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