A New Year’s Message from Trav S.D.

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:

January 2015, at the Algonquin Hotel with Kevin Fitzpatrick for his new book launch


In January, I appeared on the Halli-Casser Jayne Show to talk about the great Sophie Tucker. Hear that broadcast here. 

Mark St. Cyr, Everett Quinton and Molly Pope in “Horse Play”

In February and March: the all star production of my play Horse Play, or The Fickle Mistress, produced by Theatre Askew at La Mama. The New York Times covered it here and here.


In March I played P.T.Barnum in my adaptation of his The Art of Money Gettingdesigned and directed by Carolyn Raship, in UTC #61’s Money Lab at HERE Arts Center. 


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

“A House Divided” illustration by Carolyn Raship

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. 

with Penny Arcade, after her performance of "Longing Lasts Longer" at Joe's Pub
May: with Penny Arcade, after her performance of “Longing Lasts Longer” at Joe’s Pub
The Fields Fest Committee, including two of W.C. Fields grand kids, Harriet and Ronald
With the Fields Fest Committee, including two of W.C. Fields‘ grand kids, Harriet and Ronald

June: 100th anniversary of W.C. Fields debut in the Ziegfeld Follies.


In July: My blog Travalanche passed one million page views


Late July-early August: shot my scenes in the horror movie The Moose Head Over the Mantel, soon to be released by Inappropriate Films!


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!


September: consulted on The Striptease, Jonny Porkpie’s burlesque silent movie tribute at The Slipper Room


October: I appeared on Jim Melloan’s Truth and Freedom Show on Brooklyn Free Radio. Listen to it here. 


November: Holding Court at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans

December: with Molly Crabapple, at the launch for her new book "Drawing Blood"
December: with Molly Crabapple, at the launch for her new book “Drawing Blood”

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:

Frantic Follies, Whitehorse, Yukon
Frantic Follies, Whitehorse, Yukon
Miss Rasa Vitalia, San Francisco, CA
Miss Rasa Vitalia, San Francisco, CA
Margaret Cross, Melbourne, Florida
Margaret Cross, Melbourne, Florida


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: 

January: The launch of my new web site; and my appearance on Jennifer Harder’s radio show on Brooklyn Free Radio

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


May 28 through July 3: our hit NYC Fringe revival of the Marx Brothers’ I’ll Say She Is returns for a new full length run at at the Connelly Theatre! Get all the details here. 

And more! more! more! Thanks for making 2015 possible! And thanks for making 2016 possible too! Have a great New Year!

I remain, yours,

Trav S.D.


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