COTE Presents: "Cascando" by Samuel Beckett

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COTE's next production, directed by Robert Gonyo...

Co-Op Theatre East and Ensemble thing NY announce:

Performance of Samuel Beckett’s Cascandowith Two New Collaborative Works for Music & Theatre

Thursday, December 18, 9 p.m. at Chashama, 217 E. 42nd Street in Manhattan

On Thursday, December 18 at 9 p.m., Co-Op Theatre East and ensemble thingNY will perform two new works for theatre and music, culminating in a live performance of Samuel Beckett’s Cascando.The piece follows two new original works, including a musical composition written by ensemble thingNY for performance by the theatre practitioners in Co-Op Theatre East, and in return a theatre piece written by COTE for performance by the musicians in ensemble thingNY.
The troupes then share the stage for Beckett’s resounding radio play.

Performing with thingNY will be Paul Pinto, autoharp, Stefanos Tsigrimanis, guitar, Jeffrey Young, violin, and Andrew Livingston, bass.

Playing with COTE will be Casey Cleverly, Robert Gonyo, and Ashley Marinaccio.

Tickets are available at the door for $6.

About Co-Op Theatre East: Founded in April of 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. For more information on Co-Op Theatre East, please visit

About thingNY: The New Yorker's Alex Ross called new music uber-group thingNY part of the city's burgeoning avant-garde classical music scene "striking an attitude of resistance to mainstream culture". This exciting new music collective, comprised of composers, instrumentalists and singers from the NYC metro area, revels in creating and performing unrelenting experimental new works with passion and enthusiasm, oscillating between the “sweeter sounds” and the “punishingly loud.”

Samuel Beckett’s Cascando with two new works for music and theatre Thursday, December 18 @ 9:00pm.

217 E. 42nd Street, Manhattan(Take the 4,5,6,7 or S trains to “42nd Street – Grand Central”)Tickets: $6

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Back from San Francisco...

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San Francisco in Photographs...

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Park

Pier 39 (This picture is dedicated to my mother and her fondness of seagulls and sea lions... arf arf arf)

Golden Gate Bridge at dusk
More will be on the photoblog soon...
I just returned from a wonderful week in San Francisco where I presented on a panel called "Radical Theatre and its Cultural Interventions" at the 107th American Anthropological Association meeting ( I did an excerpt of my piece "What to do in Case you Miss the Rapture". It was a fantastic week that really helped solidify how I want anthropology and theatre to work in my life. The other anthropologists on the panel were absolutely phenomenal. It was a fantastic opportunity to network with individuals who are doing like minded work. I'm super inspired now and am looking forward to working on developing a PhD project and applying to anthropology programs. I also had the chance to catch up with my mentor from undergrad and see her as a discussant on a panel on Israel/Palestine. So much fun getting to see her in action again (it's been awhile). Although we're always in touch, I haven't been with her in an academic setting in a few years.
Elizabeth and I are in the process of organizing our next round of GirlPower. She came up with some ground breaking ideas for how to expand the program and really make it part of the community. We're aiming to finish up our grant proposal this weekend and submit it to MTS. In the meantime, we're starting a blog for the girls to connect with each other during down time and keep up their writing. The address of the blog is . It's a little dead right now, but I guarantee it will pick up within the next few weeks when everyone gets hooked up to it.

On the Co-Op Theatre East front... We're going to launch an official website soon (that's not our blog). We have "Cascando" coming up on December 18th, Robby's new play in February and "My Name is Rachel Corrie" in the spring. More on everything coming soon...

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In case you were sleeping yesterday...

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November 12, 2008
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"SPECIAL" NEW YORK TIMES BLANKETS CITIES WITH> MESSAGE OF HOPE AND CHANGE: Thousands of volunteers behind elaborate operation

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* The New York Times responds:>>>

Hundreds of independent writers, artists, and activists are claiming credit for an elaborate project, 6 months in the making, in which 1.2 million copies of a "special edition" of the New York Times were distributed in cities across the U.S. by thousands of volunteers.
The papers, dated July 4th of next year, were headlined with long-awaited news: "IRAQ WAR ENDS". The edition, which bears the same look and feel as the real deal, includes stories describing what the future could hold: national health care, the abolition of corporate lobbying, a maximum wage for CEOs, etc. There was also a spoof site, at

"Is this true? I wish it were true!" said one reader. "It can be true, if we demand it."
"We wanted to experience what it would look like, and feel like, to read headlines we really want to read. It's about what's possible, if we think big and act collectively," said Steve Lambert, one of the project's organizers and an editor of the paper.

"This election was a massive referendum on change. There's a lot of hope in the air, but there's a lot of uncertainty too. It's up to all of us now to make these headlines come true," said Beka Economopoulos, one of the project's organizers. "It doesn't stop here. We gave Obama a mandate, but he'll need mandate after mandate after mandate to do what we elected him to do. He'll need a lot of support, and yes, a lot of pressure," said Andy Bichlbaum, another project organizer and editor of the paper.

The people behind the project are involved in a diverse range of groups, including The Yes Men, the Anti-Advertising Agency, CODEPINK, United for Peace and Justice, Not An Alternative, May First/People Link, Improv Everywhere, Evil Twin, and Cultures of Resistance.

In response to the spoof, the New York Times said only, "We are looking into it." Alex S. Jones, former Times reporter who is an authority on the history of the paper, says: "I would say if you've got one, hold on to it. It will probably be a collector's item."