Tent Show in the Media (Opens Tonight!)

In case you haven’t heard, Trav S.D.’s Tent Show Tetragrammaton opens at La MaMa E.T.C. tonight!
And yet echoes and glimpses of the show itself are already at your fingertips. Audio, video, photographic and textual web promos and previews have all hit this week from various sources. To be specific, we have….
* A podcast interview with Martin Denton on NYTheatre.com featuring myself, Carolyn Raship, Timothy McCown Reynolds, and Sarah Engelke. Find out what’s in this mysteriously-named show, and why it has that mysterious name, by going here.
* A photoessay by the amazing Jim Moore on his web site Vaudevisuals. See gorgeous pix of the show by going here..
* An interview with Carolyn Raship on the New York Theatre Review blog. To read about her and her working directing Strega Nona, go here.
* And these two swell video previews on Vimeo:
To find out more about the show itself, and how to see it, see below. We hope to see you there!
Freaks! Witches!  Zombies! And that’s just in the lobby!
You are cordially invited to an evening of three original one-acts written and directed by Trav S.D.:
  • The Strange Case of Grippo the Apeman. Two fly-by-night hoodlums exhibit a monstrous idiot-savant who possesses a genius for music and impersonation. But the tables are hideously turned with a twist out of O. Henry and E.C. Comics. The cast includes my humble self, Catherine Michele Porter* (of Peculiar Works Project and Dixon Place) Bob Laine, Stephen Heskett, and introducing Tom Bibla as the Ape Man. This play premiered in La MaMa’s Experimental Play reading series under George Ferencz’s direction in 2007, and was first runner up in the Bob Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest (Hibbing, Minnesota) in 2008.
  • Universal Rundle. This play tells the story of a voodoo priest and bluesman who lives deep in the Louisiana bayou, anxiously awaiting the usurper who will overthrow him. When the devil arrives, he comes in a surprising disguise. This moody comedy features several original songs by Trav S.D. and stars Timothy McCown Reynolds*, Jeff Lewonczyk and Hope Cartelli (Piper McKenzie Productions and the Brick Theatre), and featuring Art Wallace as “The Old Cracker in the Chair”. The play was given its first reading at Soho Think Tank’s Sixth Floor Series in 2006.
  • Strega Nonna stars Sarah Malinda Engelke* (of Supermajor and Dye Violets) as the “Little Baby Grandma Witch” who reads your fortune in her magical pot of spaghetti and serenades you out with her accordion. The evening’s digestif, directed by Carolyn Raship.
* Appears courtesy Actors Equity Association
Trav S.D.’s Tent Show Tetragrammaton at La MaMa E.T.C.
74A East 4th Street, NYC
March 17-April 3
For more information and tickets, please go here.
Photo by Tom Bibla
Artwork by Laird Ogden


  1. Trav S.D.-
    Sorry I can’t be there, or in NYC during the run. Please break the proverbial leg, but keep the blog running.


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