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The Bindlestiffs Are at The Connelly This Week

Posted in Contemporary Variety, Indie Theatre, PLUGS with tags , on April 13, 2015 by travsd

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R.I.P. Judith Malina

Posted in Indie Theatre, OBITS with tags , , , on April 10, 2015 by travsd

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The word’s just come down to me that that twentieth century Titan, Judith Malina has joined her husbands Julian Beck and Hanon Reznikov…wherever they are. Unavoidably, I’m thinking of the Living Theatre’s theatrical adaptation of Poe’s Eureka today. Wherever they are, it is undoubtedly cosmic.

It is no exaggeration to call her the mother of the entire off-off-Broadway movement, and it started surprisingly early. The torch of the old avant-garde (Europe in the early 20th century) was passed to her by her mentor Erwin Piscator in 1945. Two years later she founded the Living with Beck — as early as THAT. After introducing intrinsically provincial backward Americans to the likes of Pirandello and Gertrude Stein, they began to develop ground breaking new works, legendary productions like Jack Gelber’s The Connection, The Brig, and Paradise Now. The counterculture of the ’60s largely steered a course charted by Le Living; their influence was so great, most people in America who were touched by it never knew where it emanated from, for it was delivered by way of devotees like Jim Morrison of the Doors. Although occasionally Malina reached the wider public directly, as when she appeared in the films Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Radio Days (1987), Enemies: A Love Story (1989), Awakenings (1990) and The Addams Family (1991).

The Becks were anarchists. They broke many a law, and so it was inevitable that they would be on the run at some point. Their long exile in Europe was because they never paid taxes. More power to ya on that score, I say!

In 2007, the 80 year old Malina surprised everyone by returning and opening a new space on Clinton Street (now C.O.W.). I got the thrill of a lifetime when I got to spend a few hours with her and Resnikov at their home atop the theatre, interviewing them for the Village VoiceThat piece is here. This’ll gross you out, but I thought the old dame was pretty sexy…I think she was pouring on the charm for the press, just as she had done for over half a century. Sadly Resnikov died shortly after that, before his adaptation of Eureka made it to the boards. I was fortunate to catch that show and reviewed it for the Voice as well.

I knew that she was failing in recent years and had been expecting this news for some time. Still it’s sad. And sobering. Because when the great old ones like her go, the only links to the past are you and me. Are we up to it?

Tonight I Host at the Metropolitan Playhouse Gala

Posted in Indie Theatre, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , on April 6, 2015 by travsd

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Tonight I’m hosting the entertainment portion of a Gala fundraiser for one of my favorite theatre companies in New York City, the Metropolitan Playhouse.  (Just do a search for them on this site and see how many times I mention them – -it’s a lot!) There will be storytelling, music, dancing and nonsense from me, in addition to the usual food, drink and social dancing. The promised entertainments include:

DANCING to the piano of Michael Scales
A pas de deux by RACHAEL KOSCH
A Tale Well Told, by MICHELE LARUE
Classical Guitar as played by QUINLAN CORBETT
More info about the event is at their web page here.

Trav S.D. Does “Gilbert and Sullivan” (and more!)

Posted in Indie Theatre, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2015 by travsd
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Friday April 3, 8pm, $10 suggested Donation
Barbes, 376 9th Street, Park Slope
Opera on Tap’s New Brew Series Presents:
SEX! COMEDY!  ECONOMICS!:
AN EVENING WITH TRAV S.D. (AND FRIENDS)
The Curse of the Rat King: 
Trav S.D. (libretto) and David Mallamud (music) have been collaborating on this campy comic opera since 2010. It is a post-modern mash-up of Universal horror films, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, the writings of Sigmund Freud, and numerous other elements. On the bill with him will be selections from Three Way, by Time Out New York and NY1’s David Cote (libretto) and Robert Paterson (music), which has been described as “a kind of NC-17 Il trittico”, and two works with lyrics by Untitled Theatre Company #61’s Edward EinhornThe Velvet Oratorio (music by Henry Akona) and Money Lab (music by Avner Finberg).
Featuring David Gordon, Seth Gilman, Anne Hiatt, David Macaluso, Cameron Russell, and Krista Wozniak with Christopher Berg tinkling the piano keys.

Trav S.D. as P.T. Barnum in “The Art of Money-Getting”

Posted in BUNKUM, Indie Theatre, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , on March 23, 2015 by travsd
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March 27, 7pm & March 28, 11pm
HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue
Money Lab: An Economic Vaudeville
 This Friday and Saturday, Trav S.D. plays P.T. Barnum in The Art of Money Getting, a  monologue adapted from Barnum’s eponymous self-help book, directed by Carolyn Raship, accompanied by educational slide show. It’s all part of Untitled Theatre Company #61’s Money Lab: An Economic Vaudeville. Don’t miss it! Tickets and info here.
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Where We At: Springtide Spectaculumps!

Posted in Circus, Contemporary Variety, Dime Museum and Side Show, Indie Theatre, LEGIT, EXPERIMENTAL & MUSICAL THEATRE, ME, My Shows, PLUGS, STEAMPUNK/ VICTORIANA with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2015 by travsd

And now…for my next trick!

The last twelvemonth was such a chain of large projects (4 of them) that there has been scant time for what you might call the NYC alt-performer’s DAILY SWIM. First there was Marxfest, then I’ll Say She Is, then Dead End Dummy, and then Horseplay.…Outside the context of those four projects, I don’t think I did any of the usual day in, day out type personal appearances, one offs and smaller scale thingies that usually season our calender.

For the next month or so, however, I will have no less than three such special events, and I dearly hope you’ll join me. Since the last of three has the most seats to fill, I’ll present it first and work backwards….

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April 21, 7:30 PM, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street

FRAGMENTS OF A HOUSE DIVIDED

April, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. To observe the occasion I​ will be presenting sections of my Civil War circus comedy A House Divided, written as companion piece to Kitsch (presented at Theater for the New City in 2009.) This unique variety presentation features clown bits, a “magic lantern slide show”, live music, farcical scenes from the play and circus and sideshow turns.

In the cast:

Trav SD​ as circus showman Romulus LeGuerre and his twin brother Remus, a committed Quaker!

Carolyn Raship​ (Illustrated Slides)

Dandy Darkly​ as your Gentleman Narrator!

Lewd Alfred Douglas​ as Castor and Pollux, two dashing and romantical young lads!

Jeff Seal​ performing a pantomime, twill make you laff til your sides ache!

Jenny Lee Mitchell​ as the divine Miss Greensleeves, love object and soprano

Jennifer Harder​, blowing her bugle and essaying multiple parts!

Justin R. G. Holcomb​ as Major Anderson

Robert Pinnock as the deformed creature “Murk”

the haunting cello of Becca Bernard

sideshow stunts by CARDONE

and introducing…“Abraham Lincoln”!

Stage Manager: Sarah Lahue​

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Friday April 3, 8pm, $10 suggested Donation
Barbes, 376 9th Street, Park Slope
Opera on Tap’s New Brew Series Presents:
SEX! COMEDY!  ECONOMICS!:
AN EVENING WITH TRAV S.D. (AND FRIENDS)
The Curse of the Rat King: Trav S.D. (libretto) and David Mallamud (music) have been collaborating on this campy comic opera since 2010. It is a post-modern mash-up of Universal horror films, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, the writings of Sigmund Freud, and numerous other elements. On the bill with him will be selections from Three Way, by David Cote (libretto) and Robert Paterson (music), which has been described as “a kind of NC-17 Il trittico”, and two works with lyrics by UTC#61’s Edward EinhornThe Velvet Oratorio (music by Henry Akona) and Money Lab (music by Avner Finberg).
The Curse of the Rat King
libretto: Trav SD
music: David Mallamud
Three Way
libretto: David Cote
music: Robert Paterson
The Velvet Oratorio
libretto: Edward Einhorn
music: Henry Akona
Money Lab
libretto: Edward Einhorn
music: Avner Finberg
Featuring David Gordon, Seth Gilman, Anne Hiatt, David Macaluso, Cameron Russell, and Krista Wozniak with Christopher Berg tinkling the piano keys.
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March 27, 7pm & March 28, 11pm
HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue
Money Lab: An Economic Vaudeville
Trav S.D. plays P.T. Barnum in The Art of Money Getting, a  monologue adapted from Barnum’s eponymous self-help book, directed by Carolyn Raship, accompanied by educational slide show. It’s all part of Untitled Theatre Company #61’s Money Lab: An Economic VaudevilleI’ll be on the bill with some of my favorite downtown artists — don’t miss it!

“Diversions and Delights” Opens Thursday

Posted in Indie Theatre, PLUGS, STEAMPUNK/ VICTORIANA with tags , , , on March 3, 2015 by travsd

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