Recovered and restored, August 17, 2002
Lou Rogers Square One Presents
Shipping the Satellite
May 9, 1999
including two songs and incidental music
OSKAR, Businessman/President, Lockheed Martin: Adrian Bewley
JASON, chief of research and development/inventor: Jeffrey Lewis
PUFFENSTUFF, Oskar’s adopted daughter from Belize: Amy DiLucia
ACCOUNTANT, Harvey & M.C. Faith Palmer-Persen
PAULETTE, satellite recipient: Samona Shearson
LITTLE GEORGIE, a trucker with two wives: Peter Dizozza
MEMBERS OF A MIDWESTERN COMMUNE: Ensemble
Track One -- Intro and SONG 1: I DRIVE BY NIGHT Tuba City Truck Stop. M.C. & Little Georgie
* The Complete Song *
Track Two -- Scene One: “Ebullience cringed at the clampdown.” Lockheed Martin airfield, New Mexico. Oskar and Jason
Track Three -- Scene Two: The Attractive Distraction "Out of the long sunset appears Puffenstuff, the attractive distraction, interrupting a moment of invention." Same airfield. Puffenstuff and Jason
Track Four -- Scene Three: Accountant Conference Oskar & Harvey
Track Five -- Scene Four: Gift Time, with Paulette and Oskar
Track Six -- Scene Five: Trucker's Circle, Tuba City Truck Stop. Paulette meets Little Georgie, the Two-Wived Man
Track Seven -- Scene Six: The Drive. CB Talk “Nobody bombards me. I’m slightly repellent.” Space fantasy dance of the attractive and repellent with Paulette and Georgie
Track Eight -- Scene Seven: Arrival/Launch, Cape Canaveral with Paulette, Georgie, Jason & Puffenstuff "Satellite attracts meteors, bombarded, destroyed. Big Bang. New planet formed. New Moon named Puffenstuff. It's beautiful. It keeps getting bombarded.
Track Nine -- Until We Meet Intro
Track Ten -- SONG TWO: Until We Meet In Space, members of a mid-western commune look upon the new moon as a signal for them to act.
The four incidental music pieces, heightening the drama, are
"The Ebullient Creator,"
"Trucker's Circle," and
Golden Fleece Cast:
Adrian Bewley as Oskar
Peter Dizozza as the accountant, & Truckdriver Georgie
Samona Shearson as Paulette
Jeffrey Lewis as Jason, and
Amy DiLucia as Puffenstuff.
Michael Aronella contributed hot trombone riffs.
Recording Source Material: A VHC video tape. The still-locked image is of someone's knee.
Here's the cryptic E-Mail Announcement of May 7,1999
"My short subject from 1997, Shipping the Satellite, in
which Lockheed Martin, Inc. phases out its aeronautics division in favor of
defense (remaindering last year's weapons by selling them at an Arabian arms
convention with help on technical displays by the U.S. Army, Navy and Airforce
-- THAT's planning ahead!), and writes off an untested satellite by donating it
to a 501(c)3 organization, the CEO's girlfriend, who tows it from New Mexico,
cross-country, to launch off the Florida Keys ....
will be performed in its 10 MINUTE ENTIRETY, plus its two songs, on Mother's Day, May 9th at 8:00 P.M., opening another of Lou Rodgers' Square One Evenings.
Sunday, May 9th, 8:00 P.M.
54 West 22nd Street off 6th Avenue between 5th and 6th
Other presentations include one by Leonard Lehrman.
Happy Mothers Day to Elaine May and Mike Nichols!
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