"We must RETHINK what Theatre means and not pacify it by plastic subterfuge.” — Daniel P Quinn
The southern province of Basilicata and regional capital Potenza is sister City to Denver, Colorado.
My contacts there include the artist Antonio Masini (1933-2019) whose works I have shown here, and others who work in Archeology when this area was part of Magna Grecia in ancient times.
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Before Covid-19, we presented Newark, Italy and me (Lulu.com) at Watchung Books in Montclair. We also honored Syria at Fattal's (2/20) in Paterson. Kevin Kramer designed my American Phantasmagoria which consists of 3 plays in 2020. A marketing effort on EIN Press is ongoing for 2022. From Sophocles' ELEKTRA, THE WOMEN OF TRACHIS, & Seneca's MEDEA we have shown our love for Greek tragedies (even if by a Roman). As one who directed the Black Jesus PASSION PLAY that made headline news from the front page of the New York Post to The Today Show, Spain, Poland and beyond, we need our classical roots .
We must RETHINK what Theatre means and not pacify it by plastic subterfuge. There are extraordinary productions of Greek tragedy live and on-line from Athens. The audience is social distanced. There was a remarkable RIGOLETTO in the Circus Maximus that used cars as part of the mise-en-scene for distance, but no masks. They are thrilling solutions as Art of theatre not subterfuge.
Red Wheelbarrow 13 published FURIES 4 Covid-19 (2020).
During 2019 we celebrated Chinese New Year Celebration at NJPAC, Frank Lloyd Wright House in Glen Ridge; PATERSON Book One in Oradell; Lincoln program at Tryp Newark; Philadelphia Orchestra at NJPAC and presented a gripping staged reading of American Phantasmagoria starring Ellen Lanese; Eric Hafen; Anthony Spaldo and Don Zirilli under my direction at The Williams Center.
We presented Book 1 of William Carlos Williams' PATERSON at the Oradell Library noted "our rare and intriguing program and the lively question and answer period." We again thank the Friends of the Library, Christine Conforti and Patricia Flynn.
Honoring Sophocles in Century 21.
Our work included Sophocles' ELEKTRA at Ramapo College of NJ; Seneca's MEDEA via Rome, and our DVD showcasing The Death of Herakles (Hercules) from Sophocles' THE WOMEN OF TRACHIS. This captured a virtuoso performance by Ellen Lanese that has now won 6 Film Festival Awards.