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Three Songs from “The Donner Party”

October 30th, 2016 · 1 Comment

In 1974, as a composition student at Oberlin Conservatory, I wrote three songs for “The Donner Party: Its Crossing,” developed and performed by the company Kraken, and directed by Herbert Blau. The words were by Stuart Friebert and Herbert Blau. I posted the program here, and finally got round to revising and recopying the songs. […]

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Birthday Show 2015

January 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Every year, I do a show around my birthday (January 7th). This year, I turned 60, and celebrated the aging at Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater on January 10. Doug Roesch and Ralph Hamperian joined me, on guitar and tuba respectively. We played a program of my songs and instrumental music, with a couple of covers. I’m […]

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On the Opening of Yet Another Last Run of “The Regard of Flight”

March 26th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bill Irwin, Michael O’Connor and I performed The Regard of Flight frequently between 1980 and 2003.  It seemed, at times, that we would spend the rest of our lives doing it.  Its last run at the Signature Theater in NYC, however, laid it peacefully to rest.  I wrote this verse in 1991, as we prepared […]

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Birthday Show 2014

January 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Every year, I do a show around the time of my birthday, January 7.  This year it took place at Jalopy Theater on January 3.  Joining me were David Gold (viola), Ralph Hamperian (tuba), and Doug Roesch (guitar).  Despite snow, unusually low temperatures, and speeches from the mayor urging all New Yorkers to stay at […]

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Molecular Breakfast

October 25th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Molecular Breakfast” was a 1978 collaboration with dancer and choreographer Helen Dannenberg.  Its ingredients included music, dance, pedestrian movement, sign language, speech, and found material.  Here’s the first page of our notes (including a demonstration of the difference between a Brooklyn and mid-western accent), and a review.  My, it seems long ago.

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The Peculiar Bookshelf

August 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

“The Peculiar Bookshelf” was a segment that I performed on “No Shame,” a weekly variety show at Manhattan’s Public Theater in the early ’90s.  Having long been an avid accumulator of unusual books, I simply read a few selections from my shelves: visionaries, contactees, theorists, cryptographers, paranoiacs, and other worthy souls.  Occasionally I invited another […]

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What You Cannot Eat You Can

May 16th, 2013 · 4 Comments

“What You Cannot Eat You Can” was a solo performance piece I did with the Oberlin Dance Collective back in 1977, out in San Francisco.  It involved found verses, non-magic tricks, painted plastic eggs, and water; in the course of it, I changed a set of riddles into their answers.  Here are a few pages […]

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Hide Hide the Cow’s Outside

March 13th, 2013 · No Comments

“Hide Hide the Cow’s Outside” was another piece I did for the Oberlin Dance Collective, back in 1976.  It was assembled from found material, bits of text and music, many having to do with Calvin Coolidge, our most taciturn president.  The performers all wore black, with tuned bells at their waists.  Margot Crosman made a […]

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Joseph Knowles

February 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment

“Joseph Knowles” was a theatrical piece I concocted for the Oberlin Dance Collective, back in 1977, back in San Francisco.  It was based on the story of Knowles, who stripped naked and entered the Maine woods one summer day in 1913, vowing to return after two months, fully dressed and in perfect health.  His progress […]

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There’s More Than Meets the Eye

February 26th, 2013 · No Comments

I often performed this vent bit with Eddie back in the ’90s, including, if memory serves, a couple of TV appearances.  Here’s an excerpt:

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