July 31, 2012

Theater articles

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Doubt: A Parable
The Fantasticks         
Ghost In the House    
Hearst Greek Theater performances       Jingletown Parade with the Chthonic Theater & the T-Sisters   
Jingletown Parade Two        
Marat/Sade 
Rhythmix Cultural Center events/exhibitions             
Sankai Juku ~ UMUSUNA (Memories Before History)        
José Sarria & The Black Cat Bar
Théâtre de Babylone 
Theatre Flamenco ~ Con Nombre y Apellido
Theatre Flamenco ~ Con Nombre y Apellido Pt. 2
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett  
   
           
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Marat/Sade



Recently, a friend visiting from Switzerland very casually mentioned to me that he was going to see the play, "Marat/Sade".  After I peeled myself down from the ceiling, I screamed, "I have to see it, too!", and did just that. To understand why, read "20,000 Vinyl LPs 5: Marat/Sade".

The play (the full title of which is, "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade"), was presented at the Brava Theatre (the old York Theater on 24th Street in the Mission) by San Francisco producer Marc Huestis and Russell Blackwood with his company, Thrillpeddlers.

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Thrillpeddlers ad for Marat/Sade

After listening to the recording of the play for almost fifty years I had established images in my mind of what the play should look like. The set by James Blackwood fit them perfectly as did the wild costumes by Beaver Bauer and alice cunt (?). The production more than fulfilled my mind's images. They were surreal, vivid and fantastic! I was a very happy man. 

The performances of the actors were intense, riveting and everything one could wish for.

cast and musicians

Bonnie Suval                                       Jeff Garrett
(Charlotte Corday)                   (Marquis De Sade)
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photos by Daniel Nicoletta


 Bonni Suval (left)               Rumi Missabu (right)
photos by Daniel Nicoletta
 
The instrumentation was delightful and well done featuring a trumpet (with some fancy footwork), a recorder, a horn of some kind, a drum, a tambourine, a clarinet and keyboard played by Richard "Scrumbly" Koldewyn. The refrain of the key song succinctly tells the theme of the play:

Marat we're poor and the poor stay poor
Marat don't make us wait any more

We want our rights and we don't care how
We want our revolution NOW!


Ummmmmm . . . .

There is a video of Judy Collins singing the song on YouTube.

During the intermission I kibitzed in the lobby with Tom Orr who played the role of Kokol. 

 Tom Orr
photo by Styrous®

Curtain call by the Thrillpeddlers troupe
photo by Styrous®

After the show I found Rumi Missabu (who played Jacques Roux) in front of the theater enjoying a post-performance cigarette, so, we chatted for a bit. He and the other actors had done a fantastic job of establishing the feeling of insanity/genius for the production. 


Rumi was an original member of the Cockettes and is now their archivist. Videos of him can be seen on YouTube. I remember seeing the Cockettes sometime in the seventies at the Palace Theater in North Beach. I saw a couple of their shows but the only one I remember is their last one, "Journey to the Center of Uranus". Divine was in that show. Who could forget Divine of "Pink Flamingos" fame? Or her wonderfully raspy voice belting out the disco "hit", "You Think You're a Man"? "Man" can be seen on YouTube".

Selections from the play can also be seen on YouTube.

The production ran from July 13 - 29, 2012.
Previews were on July 11 & 12, 2012.

What a once in a lifetime experience it was, literally. My thanks to all who brought this fantastic adventure to life.
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July 29, 2012

20,000 Vinyl LPs 5: Marat/Sade

 photographer of cover photo unknown
    photo of album cover by Styrous®

I started the Vinyl LP series because I have over 20,000 albums I am selling; each blog entry of the series is about an album from my collection. Inquire for more info.

In the late sixties I found the album, "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the direction of the Marquis de Sade". That's quite a title!

Of course, the title piqued my interest. I read that it was the soundtrack of the film of the play, written by Peter Weiss, and featured music by Richard Peaslee, the cast of the original Royal Shakespeare Company and a very young Glenda Jackson early in her career.

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 Glenda Jackson album credit.
photographer of back cover photos unknown
photo of album cover back detail by Styrous®

Movie still with Glenda Jackson

Movie still with Glenda Jackson
photograph: Rex Features
from the Guardian UK review by David Edgar

Movie still with Glenda Jackson

When I got home and played it for the first time, I was astounded. It is a play with music (not a musical) but a kind of music I'd heard only twice before, The Three Penny Opera coming close and The Coach with the Six Insides more like Marat (both will be covered in a future article). The music was so incredible I recorded it on tape so I could play it over and over and not wear out the record (my SOP for any music I loved, thus the lack of wear of my records; I know, retentive). A short synopsis of the plot provides the source of my astonishment.

On July 13, 1793 Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed in his bathtub by French counter-revolutionary, Charlotte Corday. The plot of the play reenacts this incident in a play being presented (a play within a play) in the Charenton Asylum for the insane. The director/writer (in the play) is none other than the Marquis de Sade. The performers are the inmates.





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photographer of back cover photos unknown
photo of album cover detail by Styrous®

The play is an indictment of society's view of the human condition in Post-Revolutionary France, the strife between those who have and those who don't, the rich and the poor. The aristocracy represented one segment of society, the clergy a second, with the poor making up the third or 97 percent of the population (sound familiar?). It conveys the souring of the ideals of the French Revolution, and the ensuing disillusionment and despair that followed. It expresses the futility of the revolution as the people rebelling find they are back where they started, suppressed and victimized by the very people they charged to protect them. "We have routed out the old tyrants, now we have new tyrants." It is an appeal for justice for all.

Recorded in 1967, there is real irony here. The play takes place in 1808 post-Revolutionary France with it's social turmoil; the play was produced amidst the turmoil of the sixties; and today, in 2012, once again in a state of turmoil, we discover nothing has changed since 1964 except the diminishing of the middle class and the expansion of the poor one. This may account for the revival of interest in it recently.

The key song is repeated in various tempos and feelings, from defiant, to statement of fact, to sad and wistful with the following lyrics:

CHORUS AND FOUR:
Marat we're poor and the poor stay poor
Marat don't make us wait any more

SINGERS:
We want our rights and we don't care how
We want our revolution NOW!

Some things never change. 

On her album, "In My Life", Judy Collins did a cover of the song, "Marat Sade" (which can be heard on YouTube). Images from the Occupy movement protests are used for this video.

Sections of the play with Glenda Jackson can be seen on YouTube.

I have always longed to see the play and after nearly fifty years of waiting, I was grandly rewarded. How is the subject of a new blog entry (Marat/Sade).

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Trivia links:

There is a photo of the cover of Esquire Magazine, September, 1967, with an article about the play on the photo site of Gloucester, A Bottled Spider.

I checked yesterday and found quite a few promotional stills from the movie production up for auction on eBay.

The article continues HERE


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July 26, 2012

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    July 20, 2012

    20,000 vinyl LPs 4: The Skatt Brothers - Disco Daze


    I started the Vinyl LP series because I have over 20,000 albums I am selling; each blog entry of the series is about an album from my collection. Inquire for more info.

    At the apex of the Disco rage, late in 1979, The Skatt Brothers issued an album entitled, "Strange Spirits". The title song was my favorite but it was "Walk the Night" and "Life at the Outpost" that were their big hits. "Walk the Night" reached #9 on the Billboard chart.

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    front cover photographer: Dean Tokuno
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    back cover photographer: Dean Tokuno
    photo of album back cover by Styrous®


    The Skatt Brothers was formed in Los Angeles by Sean Delaney. The group was similar to the Village People (remember them?) but never reached the same exposure (notoriety?). It was, however, extremely popular in Australia for some reason. The album was recorded in Toronto, Canada.

    back cover detail
    photo of album back cover detail by Styrous®



    The line-up was:
    Sean Delaney (keyboards)
    Pieter Sweval (bass)
    Richard Martin-Ross (guitar)
    Richie Fontana (drums, guitar)
    David Andez (guitar)
    Craig Krampf (drums)

    There is an animated interpretation of the song "Walk the Night" on uTube.

    The original 1980 Australian music video for "Life at the Outpost" can also be seen on YouTube. The men dancing in the video are not the real Skatt Brothers but Australian male models (for some reason they did not want to appear in the video). It's fun watching it, however, from this vantage in time (30 years later) it is a bit dated.



    The album was released by Casablanca Records; Casablanca was a major label for disco music in the late 70's. 

    Standard record sleeve
    used by Casablanca records.
    photo of record sleeve by Styrous®
     

     Casablanca launched the careers of KISS*†, Donna Summer*†, Parliament, The Funkadelics*†, Angel and the Village People but also recorded Cher, The Sylvers, Buddy Miles, Giorgio Moroder*†, Santa Esmeralda*† and many others. The Casablanca film division produced the films, "The Deep", "Midnight Express"*†, "Foxes" and "The Hollywood Knights". Casablanca Records was purchased by PolyGram after which the label went into decline. Visit the Casablanca website to see more Casablanca Records videos. Be warned, however, it takes forever to get the pages to open.

    *† Another blog entry for this album may come in the future.

    When I recently found the videos on YouTube, I wrote to a friend, "I just came across this song [Walk the Night] on YouTube. Although it was played in every gay bar in existence, it was the anthem of the leather crowd in 1979/80. I remember being totally ripped out of my mind with a friend in a bar somewhere and fiercely dancing to it like there was no tomorrow. It [the video] brings back wonderful memories of a new, free and exotic world that seemed to have no end; or so we thought at the time."


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    July 16, 2012

    20,000 vinyl LPs 3: Mina - Salomé

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    I started the Vinyl LP series because I have over 20,000 albums I am selling; each blog entry is about an album from my collection. Inquire for more information.

    I remember my first trip to Italy in July of 1997. I had been in Barcelona for a while, when close friends rented an apartment in Rome and invited us to spend a long weekend. Since it was a quick, inexpensive flight we went.

    I don't remember the street the beautiful, three-level apartment was on but it was in a fantastic location a couple of blocks from the Roman Forum. It was at the top of a building built in the 18th century with furniture also from that period. The bed was a disaster, however; the springs were like a steel hammock so we had to take the mattress from the bed and put it on the floor at night to sleep in comfort. But the apartment had an incredible 360° view from the roof which I could get to from the terrazza. It was right out of a movie set and it was spectacular!

    I have so many wonderful memories of that trip: the sound of the bells of the churches (there were five) surrounding the apartment joining with sounds of church bells in areas further away echoing our near-by bells. Each bell unique-sounding in its own right so that a beautiful symphonic tintinnabulation was performed every hour on the hour.

    I remember the incredible heat during the day (I almost fainted in the Forum); the lovely warm evenings and delicious dinners; a mid-afternoon lunch with the most incredible pizza I've EVER tasted (porcini mushrooms, onions, delicate spices and olive oil on a very thin, cracker-like crust, no tomato sauce) at Ristorante Al Gladiatore across from the Colosseum.

    And, of course, I remember the one and only record album I bought during my brief stay there.

    Where ever I travel, in addition to photographing, I search for new music; it is a given. Not only do I discover exciting music but it is my souvenir of where I was. I don't buy T-shirts or other paraphernalia (well, I may as presents to give to friends, um, except one I pinched from the restaurant). For me the music I buy is my memory marker for a particular trip.

    On this occasion in Rome, an album called Salomé, by Mina (born Anna Maria Mazzini in 1940), . . .


     . . . caught my eye.



    How could you pass up a cover like this?
    cover photo by Mauro Balletti
    photo of Salomé front cover by Styrous®


    Well, could you?

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    I turned it over . . .


    back cover photo by Mauro Balletti
    photo of Salomé back cover by Styrous®

    . . . and discovered it was a gatefold album
    photo of Salomé cover by Styrous®

    As it was a used copy, I could open the album
     and found a 22" x 22" poster folded in the jacket cover.
    poster photo by Mauro Balletti
    photo of Salomé poster by Styrous®

    I had no idea what the music sounded like; I understood no Italian (still don't) so the text gave me no clue. It was the cover that sold me. The imagery of Salomé, the Daughter of Herodias, and John the Baptist united in one individual was more than I could resist. 

    I could not play the music until I got back to the US but I was not disappointed and have since bought other albums by Mina. Samples of music from Salomé can be heard at CD Universe.

    I discovered Mina was a dominant figure in Italian pop music from the mid-1960's to the 1970's combining traditional Italian songs, swing and rock. The public labeled her the "Tiger of Cremona" and the "Queen of Screamers". Mina's act combined sex appeal with public smoking, dyed blond hair, and shaved eyebrows to create a "bad girl" image with a three-octave vocal range (Wikipedia). Shirley Bassey (remember Goldfinger?) covered Mina's ballad, "Grande Grande Grande".

    Because of her pregnancy and affair with a married actor, Mina was banned from Italian radio and TV in 1963. She was also heavily censored by the Roman Catholic Church.

    She stopped public appearances in 1978 but continues to release new albums on a yearly basis.

    Amazing!


    This is the cover of her latest album, 
    Piccolino, released in 2011.
    photographer unknown


    Videos of Mina's music can be found on uTube.

    So ends my tale of the album, Salomé, by Mina.

    An aside: when I was researching info for this article I came across a link to Mina Salomé a section of the MTI Blog (Mineralogía Topográfica Ibérica) which is about Iberian Topographic mineralogy. The site has NOTHING to do with Mina and is not in English but, if you search around the different blog entries, you can find interesting and sometimes stunning photographs. Check it out, if you have time to spend and just want something beautiful and unexpected to see.


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