Happy New Year! (in a few hours).
Below is my little pictorial recap of some high points from 2015, in the way of Thanksgiving to the Universe and to You. And below that some hints at our plans for 2016:
In January, I appeared on the Halli-Casser Jayne Show to talk about the great Sophie Tucker. Hear that broadcast here.
In April, Opera on Tap presented sections of The Curse of the Rat King, the opera I’ve written with composer David Malamud, at Barbes. Also in the program was work by David Cote, Robert Paterson, Edward Einhorn, Henry Akona and Avner Finberg
In April, I and an all-star downtown cast observed the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War by presenting sections of my play A House Divided at Dixon Place. Read all about it here.
June: 100th anniversary of W.C. Fields debut in the Ziegfeld Follies.
September: A short film I appeared in entitled Off-Road: The Continuing Adventures of Dorothy & Toto, was screened at the Coney Island Film Festival. The film was the brainchild of Michele Carlo and Laurence Desgaines.
In September, I shot my scenes in Derek Davidson’s short film Moving Pictures. Coming soon!
October: I appeared on Jim Melloan’s Truth and Freedom Show on Brooklyn Free Radio. Listen to it here.
And while we’re on books: my own magnum opus No Applause, Just Throw Money, seems to be doing better than ever. Here are some pictorial fan tributes from far flung regions which we received this year:
WHAT’S ON THE DOCKET FOR 2016:
So many things! And much still being planned. But here are some things I can report:
- I’m beginning my artists’ residency at Coney Island USA. I’m still hammering out what my projects will be but know that vaudeville and ballyhoo are certain to be part of the recipe
- It is the 20th anniversary of the launching of my theatre company Mountebanks and the American Vaudeville Theatre. Look for a series of new vaudeville shows, time and place TBA!
- New books and other projects in the works! Stay tuned for announcements!
And these items on the calendar:
February 29: “Night of a Thousand Vaudevillians”: The second birthday of Travalanche (actually it’s the 8th birthday–Travalanche is a Leap Year Baby! That’s why the birthday is so special). Time and place TBA.
March 4-6: Trav appears at the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny, New Orleans
April: Trav S.D. in the UK?! (stay tuned!)
May 14: Trav S.D. weds the Mad Marchioness — at Coney Island
And more! more! more! Thanks for making 2015 possible! And thanks for making 2016 possible too! Have a great New Year!
I remain, yours,