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					played around the country ranged from                  0/ Sonny and the street theatre production
the nutty professor in Superman to a 60-               of Power. In addition to a dozen off·off
year-old song and dance man in Harlem                  Broadway shows, he directed the off
Hey Day. He has sung on TV in Califor-                 Broadway productions of Beclch and Xir-
nia and St. Louis and appeared here in the             cus.
Pablo Casals Tribute at the United Na-                 ED VOGEL (Musical Director/ Vocal Ar-
tions, and in two productions of Street                ranger) began working in theatre with Co-
Jesus.                                                 pani's The Opposite Side 0/ Sonny, and
SYLVIA MIRANDA made her profes-                        has since been musical director for Amer-
sional debut as Aldonza in Man 0/ La Man-              ica & It's People, and the off Broadway
cha on a seven month dinner theatre tour               LaCaperucita Roja for Intar. He majored
through the South. In the summer of 1974               in music at West Chester Stage College,
she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Nellie             Pa., and played trumpet in a variety of
Forbush in South Pacific and Martha Jef-               rock, standard and jazz groups since he
ferson in 1776 at the Mac Haydn Theatre                was 16.
in Chatham, N.Y. She has trained in act-               RICHARD HARPER (Designer) pre-
ing, voice and dance in addition to attend-            viously worked with director Signore,
ing the NYU School of the Arts and Mont-               whose production of Stop You're Killing
clair State College. Born in Miami and                 Me at the Actor's Unit was the last show
raised in Astoria, Queens, currently she               in New York Mr. Harper designed. He is
also is involved with the new Artist's Co-             resident designer at the New Jersey Insti-
alition in New York.                                   tute of Technology, and he has designed
                                                       more than 30 productions of off-off Broad-
VAL REITER, native of Louisville, a                    way stock and university shows. He is a
graduate of the University of Kentucky,                freelance illustrator and did the graphics
made his professional debut as Stewpot in              for this production.
South Pacific at the Lexington Musical
Theatre Society, where he also choreo-                 COMPOSERS (in addition to Peter Co-
graphed the production. He has studied                 pani and Ed Vogel): CHRISTIAN
ballet and voice and recently spent 8                  STAUDT was co-composer with Copani
months as a singcr in nightclubs in New                for The Opposite 0/ Sonny and Street
York and New Jersey. His community                     Jesus and he currently can be heard on
and college experience include roles in                Slim Goodbody's album for children, "The
West Side Story, H.M.S. Pinafore and                   Inside Story." LAWRENCE PITILLI
Taming 0 / the Shrew among others.                     with Copani this past summer wrote Tlte
                                                       Great American Succer Family, presented
GWEN SUMTER comes from Columbia,                       at the Lincoln Center-Out-Of Doors Fes-
South Carolina, and attended Brooklyn                  tivaL He also provided the scores to the
College and the Afro-American Studio for               Mystery 0/ Perry Clews, Hello Again.
Acting and Speech. In addition to appear-              Goodbye Again. All The Days Work is
ing in Dont" Bother Me, 1 Can't Cope, she              Done, The Looking Glass Legend and Re·
sang with "Voice, Inc.," a professional                cycled, a modern dance piece. BOB TUT-
touring company, and in the Street The-                HILL collaborated with Copani on the
atre productions of America & It's People              music of The Blind Junkie and DAVID
and Street Songs.                                      McHUGH did music for Power and
                                                       America & It's People.
PETER COPANI (Playwright/Composer!
Lyricist) has written several shows for                                    STAFF
street theatre, winning awards of recogni-             Production Stage Manager        ..•.. John Copani
                                                       Press Representative ....        .. Lewis Harmon
tion from the Washington Square Outdoor
Art Exhibit, Marquis' Who's Who, and a                 Production Assistants: Bill Barry, Colleen De·
citation from Mayor Beame, "Deserves the               Blaise. Denise Bonenfant, Rafael Diaz, AI
applause of all New Yorkers." Seven Co-                Simonds, Norma Signore.
pani shows were performed at the Lincoln               Sound Design ........• William Dunwoody, Jr.
Center Festival, two of whoch are con-                 Master Eleclrician .......••.•.. Marsha Imhof
sidered street theatre classic, The Blind              Photographer .............•...• Gary Wheeler
Junkie and Street Jesus.
                                                                  Special thanks to Bill Gile
DON SIGNORE (Director) has worked
with Peter Copani on The Land 1 Love,                  This proie<:t is supported by a grant from the
                                                       National Endowment for The Arts in Washingtoo,
Blind Junkie/Choices, Tlte Opposite Side               D.C., a federal agency.

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The Villager

     Process as
      Product
STREETSHQW
          ByBRUCEADGATE
THE NEW YORK CITY                                  Stage        Bringing the
By-Peter Copani
Directed by Jeffrey Martin
Greenwich House
27 Barrow Street
924-1892
                                                               Streets Inside
Weekends through February 6
  When "street theater n is discussed the
name'Peter Copani is sure to oome up. In
the hot summer of '73 it was Copani who
helped keep things cool in Park Slope by
rechanneling the energy of rioting kids
into something positive.
  Through street theater Copani helped
kids understand the pressures, hatred,
and prejudice that exist within them-
selves and others. He taught them how to
work together and help one another. He
gave them a creative outlet for their pent-
up frustrations. The final product of this
work, Street Jesus~ and Blind Junkie,
eventually reached Lincoln Center where
Copani was awarded a certificate of
appreciation by Mayor Beame.
  Copani's emphasis is on the process of               Street Show: Theresa Saldana, Bob Arcaro and Floxie Freshman.
creating 8 play and not so much the
finished product; what's important to him        a basketball off a graffiti-covered wall,       end of this lively and charmingly un-slick
is that the kids learn about themselves          Gina is complaining about her mother to         musical drama the group has made it to
and each other. But his latest venture,          Xena, Jesus is telling jokes to Anita, and      the Lincoln Center Street Theater
The New York City Street Show, is a bit          nobody cares one way or another about           Festival.
different.                                       the work - except Sergio.                         With street theater, Copani has hit
  Although Copani has recently been                There are many outside problems, too:         upon a way to alleviate some of the
working in the Village as director of a          newspaper and TV reporters are aU too           problems facing New York City com·
workshop in theater production for               anxious to cover riots but can not be           munities. It's no cure-all, but it's certainly
neighborhood teenagers, Street Show is           coaxed to give attention to IXlsitive works;    a step in the right direction. Over the past
not a direct result of this work. It is rather   thousands of dollars are available for          few years Copani has shown that street
a oomposite of other shows Copani has            useless studies but not a cent for              theater can be an alternative to violence
written in past years and is designed to         meaningful projects that get to the heart       and he deserves our support. On top of all
give audiences a glimpse of the hard work,       of community problems.                          this, Street Show is a lot of fun. Go and
the fun, the disappointments and the               But in spite of all these setbacks, b.v the   see it.
exhilaration of his brand of street theater.
Unlike Copani's. previous works, Street
Show includes only professional or semi-
professional actors (about half the
company is Equity), and, of course, the
play has been moved indoors for the
winter.                            .
  Street Show begins with a Village
community meeting. Grown·ups oompIain
about the recent wave of crime committed
by youngsters: the Bethune Street
stabbin~ the Washingtlln Square riot; the
continual harassment of homosexuals.
Kids complain there's nothing for them to
do; no programs; no activities.
  A man named Sergio bursts out from
the audience with a solution to both
problems: street theater. (It's obvious that
the character Sergio. played with con·
viction by Bob Arcaro, is actually Copani.)
Soon Sergio is working with a group of
kids to put together a show.
  It isn't easy. The first rehearsal is
chaotic. Vernon, for example, is bouncing-
 Local Activist Scores Parks Department
 Policy of Summer Closing of Carmine St. Park
       BY JOHN S. TURCOTI                  streets...                               regular procedure--elosing the in·
   If Peter Copani. the playwright           Copani also charged that people       door facility for the summer," said
  and community activist, has his          from outside the neighborhood           Thomas DeRosa, the foreman at
  way. the Carmine S~t Recrea-             hav~ keys to get into the building      the Carmine facility. "Granted, I
  tional Facility is going to be open      after it closes. He cited a case of     believe myself a lot of the regula-
  during the summer and will               four carloads of youths-apparent.       tions are out of hand, but it's too
  provide recreational services for        ly from uptown Manhattu_ho,             hot inside the facility anyhow. The
  the surrounding community,               according to his $OUrces, pulled up     person that this guy is complaining
• dqpitc ~p.ri$ and Recreation of-         to the facility located at Varick and   about being taken out of the neigh-
  fidal p6\ICY of closing it each year.    Camine Streets, at about 11 pm          borhooa is the indoor rec man, and
     "Here is this recreational facility   last week and played basketball         he gets switched to an outdoor
  right down the block closed each         until 2 am.                             facility in another part of the
  summer. and our neighborhood                "We're not against people play-      Village until September."
  youth have to hang out in the street     ing until 2 am, but we want our            When pressed further, DeRosa
  doing nothing, it's intolerable,"        kids to be able to do it as well," he   said that the "ree man" was
  said Copaoi. "They have rooms in         stated. "We want community              transferred to a park on 18th
  it that could be utilized for youth      control of the Carmine Street           Street, which is actually Chelsea,
  activities, instead they are used for    facility. "                             not Greenwich Village.
  storage; more people from outside           Parts and Recreation Depart-            "We have no power over the
 the community use the gym than            ment officials, in response to          pennits given out to those who play
 those of us in the community, and         Copani's charges, cite endless          ball here," DeRosa continued. "It
 manpower is taken from the facility       regulations and the usual line: "It     is open to everybody. As for the
 and put elsewhere in the city while       has always been done that way."                        eotml'lUED   Of(   PAGE 12
 our kids just sit around the                 "That has always been the
 Carmine Street Park· Closing
 roNnHUEJL.                                                         .
 storage in those two rooms in the         windows of the gym in the
 building. that is recreation equip-       stnJeture. which have been te-
 ment and the marionette equip-            placed by wooden boards. "There
 ment they use when they want to          is not enough ventilation in there
 put on puppet shows, as they do all      during the summer," she said,'
.over the city."                          adding that she is working On
    When asked about the charges of       getting window replacement for the
 people using the facility after          facility.
 hours, DeRosa said that be hadn't            Meanwhile. Copani is drawing
 seelr it happen, but that he had         up a proposal to submit to the
 heard about it and felt it may           Community Board at its June 16
 possibly be someooe who was              meeting. The maio points of it
 formerly employed at the facility.       include:
 "It would have to be that," he said.         •. More community control and
 "If we hear about it again, I'll get     involvement in the facility.
 the cops on them."                           • Persons working at the facility
    DeRosa's superior, Manhattan          relating more to the community by
 Parks Manager Samuel Stone, sa)d         attending local meetings and keep-
 that the storage has been going on       ing the neighborhood infonned of
 for ·20 years as has the policy of       any changes.
 closing the facility each summer.            • Getting voluntary supervision
    "Even if we kept the place open,      of programs and opening the
 who would supervise the kids? That       facility for summer usc.
 costs money," Stone warned.                  "Ifthey let the community fu up
 ''This is not a lIeiihborhood facility   the place," Copani explained, "We
 we are talking about: it is a            would probably take better care of
 city>wide facility. We try to give       it than they do. We have to open up
 precedence to neighborhood re-           these facilities to the people and
 quests for pennits to use it and         decentralize them. If we can't use
 always have."                            it, why do we have it here? Unless
    According to Rita Lee, Commun-        we do this, there is gonna be a
 ity Board 2 District Manager,            helluva lot of unrest this summer,"
 vandals have knocked out the-few         he concluded.
Peter Copan:
         The Dean of New York Street Threatre
                                               By Emeli~e A leandri
    The' New York Times has called Peter Copani
"America's leading playwright of the streets:' The Dai-
Iv News has added the title "Bard of the Streets." while
i have referred to Peter in our Theatre Column at TV
News as the "Dean of New York Street Theatre" (TV
NEWS. 11 '24 '141. Finally. Cue Magalint' has asserted
that only his age deprives Mr. Copani of the titles "the
Neil Simoo" or "the Richard Rodgers" of Street
TtK!atrf'. This summer characteristically sees Peter
back on the pavement again.
    Before his considerable amount of work as a
playwright and produ«r. Mr. Copani spent most of his
liff> on the streets and knows the reality of street life.
After spending four years as a junkie. hustling and pan-
handling. he found his way to a London clinic which
t>fCe<'ted his cure through acupuncture and psy-
chotherapy. He rejoined the mainstream of New York
Citv life. this time as a dramatic artist. and his works
contain a remarkable understanding of the harshness of
citv life.
    . Peter has never forgotten the streets. the life that
breeds theft'. the potential audiences that spill out onto
the hot tar of summer in the city. His plays STREET                     IT HAS BEEN SAID TIlAT ONLY
JESllS and TUE BLIND JUNKIE are considered Street                    PETER COPANI'S AGE HAS DEPRIVED
Theatre classics and were written for Puerto Rican and               HIM OF THE TITLE "THE NEIL SIMON
Italian teenagers in Brooklyn to alleviate neighborhoOO                     OF STREET THEATRE."
tensions As actors. the teenagers found they could ex-
press and act out their feelings without resorting to          patterns indE'ed. In writing THE BLIND JUNKIE. I
violenC't'.                                                    tried to slre-ss that each person is a human being -
    Our Theatre Column has followed STREET JESUS               some more in trouble than others, Since the initial
                                                               writin~ of STREET JESUS, I've changed. In re-reading
throughout its several transmutations. We often see
Peter's productions on the streets of Greenwich Village.       and dir€'Cting it. I was able to step back and view it with
where the barricades. the amps. the actors. young and          an obje<:tivity I never had while t was writing it. The
                                                               oldE'r I get. the more I understand that there is no right
buddin~. the lights and the crowds create an impressive
                                                               or wrong - just e;{perien~ and growth. If I had never
street experience. Street Theatre. as a genre. is not
E'as~' to do. Street shows arE' tough and demanding of
                                                               been an addict. would I ever have become the leading
PE'rformers. An actor in a street play never knows what        playwright of the streets?"
to expect from a crowd of people that may displace                On August 12th at noon. during the opening festivities
itsE'lf completely within h'alf an hour. since the produc-     of thE' Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival. Mayor Beame
tion is free to anvone. The audience is restless. noisy.       presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation as a
amorphous. ageless. skeptical. They spill out of car           public acknowledgement on behalf of the people of New
doors, tenement fire escaPE's, narrow hallways and             York City. Peter'S seventh production at the Festival
sometim('s thin air. They don't have to be polite, or          will be performed August 20th at 5 p.m. and is entitled
attentive. or appreciative. or quiet. All you can depend       THE GREAT AMERICAN SUCCER FAMILY. Peter
on is that they will be there and that they will be            describes il as: "A musical farce on the American
curious. And if you can capture that curiosity and hold it     Dream of SUCCE'Ss. Represented is a family of Sue<:ers
lon~ E'nough with what you have to say. with ample             who first arrived on the Pinta in 1492, and their modern-
entertainment. vou have won over an audience that the          da,\' plight wilh society." On AugustSth. he appeared on
rest of the thea'tre world has forgotten.                      "Middav Live'" on ChannelS to talk about street theatre
    It is a great credit to Peter Copani. whose plays have     ;md the' writing of STREt;T JESUS and THE BLIND
a distinct social emphasis and concern. that he has            JlINKIE. Two other participants on the talk show have
reached the peopl(' of the streets with his social action      worked with the Community Movement and Expression
plays. Gordon Braithwaite of The National Endowment            Through tt\(> Arts. Peter discussed the pros and cons of
for Ihe Arts has summed up Peter's special approach:           street theatre and described the entire process. from his
":\Ir Copani '5 extraordinary gift for developing positive     initial contact with the community youth. to presenting
•• rlistic and social events from potential community          th(' show. to dealing with the funding agencies.
('risis by means of his distinctive appr-oach to writing
and dire<'ting young people is certainly a talent and an           When I last spoke with Mr. Copani he was again em-
achie\'emenl most worthy of recognition."                      broiled with The New York State Council on the Arts in
    In expressin$:! some of his feelings about his method of   ;In attempt to colle<'t the grants that have already been
writ in$:! plays. PetN ft'\'eals his empathy for the           :.Wilrded him. He is acutelv aware of the absurdity of
 problE'ms of his audiences This psychological affinity is     bureaucratic n!'d tape. which was ironically the subject
a key to his SUITeSS. He explains: "Some of the ex-            of an earlier play. POWER. In spite of the time-
perienC't'$ dramatized in THE BLIND JUNKIE and                 ('on~uming difficulties he encounters in securing finan-
STREET JESlrs are very dose to my own growth                   <"i•• I ~upporl. each ~'ear ~ Peter trying again.
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                               FIRE OF
                             FLOWERS                                 by Ronn Mullen

       Fire of Flowers, a staged-concert of        Richard Harper uses brightly-
     songs with lyrics by Peter Copani,        colored acrylic panels, pipes, and
     lights up the night currently at the      what appears to be stucco in his
     Provincetown Playhouse on Mac-            practical, plastic set design. Perhaps
     Dougal Street in the Village. Larry       he might have done without the
     Campbell,    Sylvia    Miranda,    Val    pipes, which seemed wobbly in some
     Reiter, and Gwen Sumter comprise          of the more enthusiastic dance
     the cast. Strong back-up is provided      numbers.
     for the performers by Musical               Backlighting achieves an especially
     Director Ed Vogel and a small combo.      dramatic effect in reds, yellows, and
          I call the presentation          a   greens. The soloist is spotlighted and
     staged-concert because it isn't       a   the dancers appear in silhouette
     musical: there is no plot. It isn't   a   against the dtominant central panel
     rock-opera; the songs encompass       a   of red acrylic. The clearly visible
     wider range. It isn't a revue': there     lighting instruments, hung from pipes
     are no skits or scenes. It's all music.   over the set, create the effect of a
     Good music.                               Hollywood soundstgage.
      The twenty-eight songs represent an        Peter Copani's lyrics do not always
     incredible spectrum of style: from        deal with the most pleasant of
     soul to calypso, hard rock to musical     subjects.     Drug addiction, racial
     comedy, gospel to jazz. These songs       prejudice, isolation, alienation, hate
     are all from past musicals for which      and frustration are not the "stuff that
     Copani provided the lyrics. Drawn         dreams are made on." But Copani is
     from his experiences with Street          not involved with a dream world: his
     Theater, Copani's musicals are called:    world is the real world of the streets.
     Street Jesus, The Blind Junkie, The       Although his concerns are the
     Great American Succer Family,             concerns of an alarming number of
     Power, America and Its People. The        our youth, his ultimate message is
     program notes do not specify which of     one of hope. Through the medium of
     the six composers listed are to be        music, he reaches out. It is worth the
     credited with which individual songs.     experience to reach back.
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      AUGUST 12, 1972




        THEATRE AL FRESCO, always a refreshing idea! The Puerto
        Rican Traveling Theatre is doing its excellent thing. namely
        performances in English of Luis Rafael Sanchez's new play,
        "The Passion of Antigona Perez," at various spots in and
        around town till August 26. This weekend 00 the 12th, they
        set up shop in the Village on the P.S. 41 playground, Green·
        wich Ave. at W. lith St., with 7 and 9:30 evening curtains.
        Next date's the 14th at 7:30 down at ever·lively South Street
        Seaport, then uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on
        the 15th, also at 7:30. lots more places and dates to catch
        this fine group--from the Bronx to Brooklyn, even over in
        Hoboken on the 19th and out In Brentwood, l.I., on the 25th.
        For the full month's schedule of this inter'racial company
        with dynamic Miriam Colon at its helm, phone 691·9453 week·
        days between 10 and 6.... Other plays, other places; in Man·
        hattan's Fort Tryon Park, the Peter Copani musical "Choices,"
        at 7 Monday through Friday evenings through August 28.
        Time out from their uptown park SChedule (the location's the
        Dyckman Place playground at 200th St. where Broadway and
        Riverside meet) for a 5;30 p.m. showing on the 23rd at the
        Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival. Another Copanl creation,
        "The Blind Junkie," a rock musical, will be showcased in
        Brooklyn at the Bay Ridge Youth Assn. "Firehouse," 238 Bay
        Ridge Ave., August 12 at 7 p.m. For complete location sched-
        ule; 472,1003.
 Theater: Off Broadway




                                               Th. :0... Yllrk TIm..
• Janis Young and l\'lichael Kapcc as they appear in the play
                                                                             •                                   T)It   II_Tort nllltSlIlNr _ _
    "CommunitylStreet Theater Festival" at UncolD Center, between MetiopolltaD Opera, left, aDd Philharmonic Hall


1,000 See Opening ofStreet Festival...
       By MEL GUSSOW              camp, are coordinators of the        folk so~ about a fox hUDt.          Antigona Perez." A theater
   The elegant, spacious plaza    festival.                               The Imh were followed by         from Lewiston, Me., staged
at Lincoln Center wu tumed           Miss Bryant said that Lin-        delegations from every. bor-        part of "Noah:' in which the
into a New York City play         coln Center, which has "the          ough, most of them predom-           title character is "a male
street yesterday with the         most marvelous opera, ballet,        inately black and singing and        chauvinist pig."
opening of the second annual      and symphony music, today            talking chiefly about vital ur-         During the two-hour pres-
Community/Street Theater          is all about community and           ban concems, The Mount               entation, a few in the audi-
Festival. Every afternoon for     street theater."                     Morris Everyman Company             ence protected themsel'iCs
two weeks, free to the pub-          Mr. Whitaker promised the         offered an excerpt from its          from the sun with palllsols,
lic, the plaza and adjacent       audie~ that in the course            play "Everyman and Roach."          Many sipped cool drinks.
outdoor areas at Lincoln Cen·     of the festival they would           The Brownsville Lab Theater          Throughout the festival Unit-
ter will be filled with the       see "every type of street            of Brooklyn did a pl~                ed Brands is serving (from
sounds, voices, music, and        theater that exists."                of ''Variations of Freedom."         Costa Rican donkey carts)
drama of the streets.                Then'15 or the companies          Brothers and Sisters United          free root beer and bananas.
   Under a scorching sun, an      performed brief samplings of         from Staten Island acted a           Opening day some 3,000
enthusiastic crowd of some        their fult shows. As each            scene about slavery.                 glasses of root beer and 1,500
1,000 sat on chairs, leaned       group began, an identifying             Youngsters from tbe Harlem       bananas were consumed,
against the Lincoln Center        banner was unfurled from             Children's The·at.er trooped on           Adjourned for Lunch
fountain, lay on the pavement     one of the monumental lin-           stage like a miniature chorus
as if it were the beach and       coln Center buildings.               from "Aida" and did a dance             Following the introductory
heard a chorus of drummers           As if to confinn the diver·       from their "Land of the Egyp-        "Celebration," the perfonners
herald the begInning of the       sity of street theater, 'the first   tians." Manu Topu and Miri-          adjourned. for lunch, served
festival "Celebration."           company was the Irish Arts           am Colon acted a scene from          in front of the Vivian Beau·
   Then 500 representatives       Group, a small band of pipers        the Puerto Rican Traveling           mont Theater, Some picnick-
from hair of the 30 participat-   and drummers who played a            Theater's ''The Passion of           ers sat near the Henry
ing companies marched Into                                                                                  Moore sculpture pond. others
the plaza, and, joining hands,                                                                              under the Alexander calder
massed around two stages set
up in front of the Metropoli-
                                  List of Programs at Lincoln Center                                        sculpture. In many comers
                                                                                                           'of the usually austere Lincoln'
tan Opera House. Members of         Here is a schedule of the      House Players, Madison,                  center, impromptu bongo
the Mt. Morris Everyman           events for today through         Wis., "The Throw·Away                    playing and singing were
Theater COmpany led every'        Sunday at the Lincoln center     Kids."                                   heard.
one in singing Jimmy Jus·         COmmunity/Street ,Theater Saturday, 1 P.M., Artists Col-                     After lunch was the first
tice's "Sharing," the official    Festival:                        lective, Hartford, '~e                   full performance of the festi·
festival song.                    TOO'r,'
                                     vii e
                                            2:30 P.M. Browns·
                                              Theater   Project,
                                                                   Many Moods of the Black                  val, the East River Players'
                                                                                                            "Dark Symphony," conceived
      Clusters of Balloons                                          Experience."
                                     Brooklyn, Variety Show.                                                and directed by Mical Whit·
    Arter his welcoming speech,                                  2:30 P.M., Workshops for Ca-               aker-a compilation of pul-
                                  5:30 P.M., New Federal Thea·      reers in the Arts, Washing-
Mayor Undsay cut loose a             ter, "Abdal-Jo~ Marti" (in . ton, "God Is in the Streeu                sating music and emotion-
bamge of colorful balloons           Spanish).                                                              filled poetry showing the
                                                                   Today."                                  many faces of the black ex-
-each labeled "Uncoln cen-        Tomorrow, 2:30 P.M., Bed- 5:30 P.M., Theater West, Day-
ter Street Theater Festival."        Stuy Slreet      Academy,      ton, Ohio, '~e System."                 perience.
They looked like enormous            Brooklyn. "Nigger Gangs. Sunday, 1 P.M., Traveling                         During the perfonnance,
clusters of grapes as they           Nigger."                      Players Festival, Lewiston,              people wandered in front of
 soared into the sky.             5:30 P.M., People's Perform-      Me., ''Noah'' and ''lb.                 the stage. A few rode past
    There were also talks by         ing Company, "Choices."        Artisan."                               on bicycles. Many took pic-
Amyas Ames, chairman of           Thursday, 2:30 P.M., Puerto                                               tures. An actor left the
 Lincoln center; E. M. Black,        Rican Traveling Theater, 2:30 P.PtL, Mt. Morris Every·
                                                                    man Theater COmpany,
                                                                                                         . stage after one song and
president and chairman of            '~e Passion of Antigona                                                greeted a friend at the foun-
United Brands COmpany,               Perez."                        "Everyman and Roach."                  ·tain. At one point the com-
which is rponsoring the fes-      5:~ P.M., House of Nilaja_
                                                                 5:30 P.M., Theater Black, Ltd,             pany sang, "Reach out and
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. THREE ·AT THE PLAYBOX
, "Puppy Love" 6y P;'er Co~~ direeied 6y Peter"J1filHra S".tuler:,·"'~·:·
  Sear I• .4lwoy. Loved and Loved" by Pe~ COIHJ1li, directed' 61 V""ili'
  lAmbriM.: "Tinkle Tinkle". by TIao",..Tere/eralco, directed 6y '.D~,:",
  Prke. Pre~e,.ted 6y R06ert S. F eirasteira, '" ilae 1'14)'60* ~Ih llail"~
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  S",.day.,             ,      '.:' ' . ' ,                              :
    by Juli~s Novick,   ,',', .". , . , '        \ " "     "
      . The Playbox is offering; three· plays" moStly·. comic,
    about thwarted and' distorted sexuality.. None \ of them',
    amoWlts    to verY much.".,·                    :. '.'          '.'                      "               \ ','.... :
    .' :, "Puppy Love," the first play on tJ:te bill, is an                                              arCh',o:',::
    ~ol'tablY      .campy little piece and an elaboNte arat-pe1'8OA 8C> ~.
        a
   abOut puppy.d~ who dIS, ~ 'love count that mig1ht' havC\ served 'as' '"
 , w,ith 41. oat riam~ 1>m4ly, and the' sc:eDaI'io for a 8lkd.). K~8D-' ,
   4oesn't know what to do.f~P1~e· wbUe tile bOy" triencl,.keeps :tzy- '
   h~p me, JUcbard,'.' he obep his lDg to ·meJoe love' to her,.:.,mid:
    master. "Look-I'll wac my, tan she keePs not· .responding, ..••                                                            I

   wbenever I· can, whenever I see W he Blioou.. Her. JucKth,' Ii-'
    ~.. Robert GedacJ1 playa ttle He~ as, the iIrl 1s':nOt
. puppy lInor.e· 01", iess, I8S & very coarse, voluptuous,' and gor-
  .i~enuous human adolesCent; he geoU8~.68 mtgbt Mve been" ·eX·
   ba.ngse:round on the floor ~ lot, pected, but interesting, lively,:
    but wisely avoids·too m~ epe.' and cute inst.d;, she tis not 4dee1·, '
    cific8l11y doggy business. As a ly cast. in termS of convenUo:na1
    result, b pay ~not int~~~i~;, p~ibWty, bm she mekes eome, '
    just u I began, to tJ:11nk "it had of her .ver, long monologues a,'
    ~en colng on long enough, It gdod deal ·less dull than llbey.. de-
    stopped.                   . ~,'      'Serve to ))e. Tbls opus bas been                                                             I


   . , "The Star Is ,Always LOved and deJtly dSreeQd .by V.asslJl .lam•.:
    Loved" U, yes, aWl anoCber play brinos, with plenty of neatly ex~ :
    about th~~ movie06tar mystique. cuted sex-play. I found it more ,
    This time we bave a nu-clsslstic interesb1ng as pomogmphy .t8laD.
    blond 'so detemLlned. 'to 'becOme as dN.'ma.: it ~ had any redeem~           ..
  , & star' thfit she is writing her ing eocia1 Imp')rtance, I missed.
    memoirs nOw, to sav.e time la.ter: i t . , . ' " :'..... ':-
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     She spends. most of the play 'The last play, f~le Tmkle" '
     reading .them 'to her iboy triad, Is about wbat happen:swben ... li.t-
    Pa.Aly out or geafftl egoUsm'~d tie girl Is given a "t.oby doll equlp- ~
   ,~ In order to excite 114m sex:- ped with a '~e tlnkle,'~' or,"
   'UaUy. ('!be memolrs. :Include de-. as it • also known, eo                Her             penis.
   "~~~ or'7'~ :bI.~~.:~~~es! ~lders pr.etend to be shocked, but
   ..                  -,              " ~e l'eia11y lasclnated; .. nelgb.
                                        , bor lis delegated to out off' 4:h~ '
                                        · offending orpn, efte&" wblda.
                                        " there is a noisy ~ua.bble over~
                                           'Who gets Ito keep ft. Jeemdne"     .
                                           Bails, e. tat adult ectl'elS8, pJa.YS':
                                        " tIM litUe ,girl In a buge pink union ,
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                                        · suit, wiU1. a :pink bow in ber hair ...
                                          .and a lbig blob of rouge on ~.,
                                            cheek: I thought it a mmument·
                                           ral1I.1 tasteless perton1luce, but,
                                        · ~ Its premise,.-' verY well.
                                         , done. Joseph Pichette does aOme
                                            genuinely funny stWif as her fa. ,
                                         , :the&". The e.udience \found tIds
                                            play absolutely bOaLrlOU8, especo
                                            1841y when one of the d8'&ctera
                                            Chre&tened to commit some 'kUd.
                                          , of violence, and ~ther, ;replfJecl, .
                                        , '''You do,-· and ~'ll ,find' a 88lW
                                        '." !blade, up )'Our· 888." Ho ho'~.'
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             WHEN YOU COMING BACK RED RYDER
             at the Eastside PlaY,house, 334 East. 74th.. ,. \
             Street (861-2288) is a provOCative thriller
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             coming from the same Village Circle' .
          · Repertory. Theater Company as Hot L
             Baltimore. Both shows emphasize co·n·
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        , temporary characterizations. '.
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             · The apath,tic occupants of a.diner allow'
          "a psychotic misfit to terrorize. them, an
  t } 'impossible feat'were they to.defy him together.
                  The fat waitress stole the shbw as .her.obvious
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         · phy.sical vulnerabilitY .fed friend and foe'
             .alike. Her rubbe'ry fact remarkably e?<- .
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         · pressed ~e.r-wo~ndedsE!n~iti~ity-. .'            I       .
              Th~ c~)unterman (and the stage counter too,
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              for that matter) Were'so reai 'that it was
              diff~cult ·tQ realize he was atfting.      '.           ._
           ... ' 'P'e oerpetual escalatiQn and de·e.s¢al~tion ..
,            ·o! 'mood -levels kept the audi~!)ce gasping.
                                 .                 . .ALlce·BARNET·
               RAISIN at the 46th Street' Theater,' (246-4271)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ,
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               is a musical jubilee based-on Lorraine _
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               Hansber,ry's Raisin in the Sun, orj'9i~ally
               produced. in the Village. This eulogy to \ -.                               , .
            ·Ms. Hansberry, a Village resident before
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  . I: ·h~r death and prolific contributor.. to Village·                                                                                                                                                                                                                               .'


               theater, is in a sense'a tribute to .our neigh~ .                                                                                                                                                                                           "




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          " borhO,od thafspawl')ed het intell'~tual
              growth .. It seems only yesterday 'that her .
              "To Be Young, Gifted and 'Black". enriched
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      • VillageTheater. '. RAISIN~~ Playbill i~c1udes
              an, accoun~ of ,he~ Greenwich 'Village productions.'
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                  RAISIN'S extraordinary choteography and                                                                                                                                                                                              I       .


               witty lyrics (which', unfortu(lately, .outshine
               the banal' melodies) compensate for the . ' .~
   ., , dilution of the 'original script. The dance'rs ' ,
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               stole the show along with the granchnothE!! '
               (.wh9 got a standing ovation 'at the end')         .
               and the little son whose evident talent· .                  ,                                                                                                                                                                I


             'pr~mises an enduring career ,                   .                          , ,
                    Villagers who are Hansberry e!lthusiasts'                             ·,
      " ". would enjoy this musical' adaptation. .
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                 .              .                 - . ··ALlCE BARNET
               STR,EET JESU,S by the People's Performing ..
               Co.·at the Greenwich Mews The~tre, 141                    .
    /          W. 13. St. (243-1373).' A few weeks ago                      ,
         .-we promised you a review of this production.                                         ,
       - . .the op,ening of Which I attended th'is week.
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               Street Jesus is a Godspell-type musical ".
               versi'on of the~Ch'rist story with 'a much ..
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             ,stronger s.ocio-political ewu.phasis that points                           . !.
            ·to the problems of t.he man (or woman)                                        •

               in the street, espec'iaJly ·the.',. ...
                                                young.. The .
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              .musical and production r1umbe~s,are sol:i1e .                                 .'
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            ·of the best that have'emerged from the
          · People's Performing Co. plays.1 have seen, ..
              especially a song called "Make Them Hate", .
             -lively, ener~tic and provocative. 'Peter, .
               Copani and Fernando Grahal·have inje.c!ted
              sophisticated choreography,. respectively              /
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              a theatrical voodoo type 'pantomine done·
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          · .to a flickering fire and drums, demon·
          ·
   '. ·strat.ing political corruption~ and' Joanne
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             .Lipari's exciting Salome bellydance. The
            · yo'uthfull~ast, of unequal a~i1i1:ies, does                                 ·.
              de.monstrate a fine en.semble.acting spirit.
              despit.e a rather self~conscious'tOuchy-                             , .

              touchy theatre game beginning. Gary.                     . .     .
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              Meitrott has an excellent singing voice.
              Michael. Fragua~a; whose debut this'is I
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         · '~as .su~prised to learn, does a rripst c~editable                                 '.
              acting i.ob ;and shows great promise. ,' . '                         ,-             .
                         . ,.'     ..        ", EMELISE ALEANDRI
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