By Theodore Shank (auth.)
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At the very top is a dollar, then the elite, next the church/state/law/ military establishment, then the bourgeoisie, the workers, and at the very 29 American Alternative Theatre bottom the poor and the unemployed. The design was borrowed in part from Mayakovsky's 1930 production of Moscow ls Burning, and the construction of the tower was similar to that in Frankenstein. The tower depicts the conversion of ore into money as sacks of material are conveyed from the bottom of the structure to the top.
Jo Ann Schmidman, announced as the Bird Lady, prances around the stage. Raymond Barry is introduced as the Man Who Hits Hirnself on the Head, which he does regularly. Tina Shepard is the Thinker; she wanders around the stage trying to think. Paul Zimet is the Petrified Man. Each character has his Of her own vocal sounds suggesting a pre-Ianguage state where the distinction between human and animal is uncIear. 44 Primary Explorations IS. The Mutation Show The Ringmaster introduces the next character who is derived from Kaspar Hauser.
The butcher is now dancing with the people ... ' The six performers line up across the stage holding large photographs of themselves from other periods in their lives and the Musician gives abrief biography of each. Through the observable changes in their appearance and their histories the audience gains insights into the adaptations they have made to people, places, periods, and events. The performers, like the characters they have been demonstrating, are social mutants. 47 American Alternative Theatre 18.
American Alternative Theatre by Theodore Shank (auth.)