File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 235


Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 22:17:45 -0600
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Opportunity for theatre artists


On Dec 20, 2006, at 9:32 PM, Stephen Kaplin wrote:
> This just came from our good friends at Bond Street Theater. Anyone out
> out there looking for a truly adventurous performative experience
> should call them up.

My oh my. I have not thought about Bond Street for decades. The theatre 
I cofounded in Milwaukee was one of the three producing organizations 
of the Festival of American Mime in 1978, I think it was. We raised 
money to bring a lot of artists and companies to Milwaukee. Then our 
company, because we did mostly street and outreach performing, was in 
charge of getting outreach performers out in the community doing free 
to the public performances. A week or so before the festival all the 
performers gathered at the Valley Studio on Spring Green Wisconsin for 
some work shopping and idea exchange sessions. It was quite a group of 
mostly (then) young performers who went on for years afterwards.

Avner Eisenberg (Avener the Eccentric, Jewel of the Nile), Bob Berkey, 
John Towsen, author of the book ''Clowns'' was practicing his devil 
sticks constantly. And Bond Street had done a show about the phenomenon 
of big shopping malls. They had been inspired in their research by a 
mall in Milwaukee, one of the first & biggest at the time, but had 
never been there until the Festival. Then they performed the show in 
the very mall that had inspired the script. Needless to say they were 
excited and shoppers were taken aback by agitprop circustheatre in a 
shopping mall. Of course now a local children's theatre runs a 
permanent theatre right in the mall, that has been bought and sold and 
remodeled over and over.

Are there any puptcritters who have regular gigs in shopping malls?

Michael John Moynihan

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