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photos by Pierre Jelenc and George Ferencz below.

La MaMa e.t.c


"Experiments ‘00"


Concert Readings of experimental plays

At La MaMa La Galleria

George Ferencz, curator

The Nile River splits in the Nubian Desert. Within the land

oasis formed between the two river forks, African explorer Harry Zeffero

discovers, and displaces from its haven, what is said to be

The Last Dodo

a new play by Peter Dizozza,

author of The Eleventh Hour, Coppelia, Witchfinders, The Peace Mission, Shipping the Satellite, & Prepare to Meet Your Maker.



Laurie Bannister, Diane Cluck, Christian Desmond, Michael Draper,

Tony Hightower, Tyr Throne, Kimberly Mossel & Ray Schiel


Premier Reading:  April 15th, 2000 at 7:30pm


This program is funded in part by a grant from

The New York State Council on the Arts.

LAURIE BANNISTER (Dodo) Grew up in Williamsburg Virginia, studied acting at Boston University and Circle in the Square Theatre School . Laurie's been seen on Soap Operas As the World Turns, All My Children and also at the Metropolitan Opera House Production of Carmen and the Off Broadway show Stomp.

DIANE CLUCK (Jerri Zeffero) most recently appeared as Ferdinand in "Yes is for a Very Young Man" at the Gowanus Arts Exchange in Brooklyn. As of late you're more likely to see her singing her songs and accompanying herself on piano around the East Village and in Williamsburg. She'd like to recommend a good spring tonic--throw a bunch of kale, celery, and carrot greens into a big pot of boiling water. Boil till veggies get limp. Drain off juice, add lemon, drink up. Restores vigor and virility. Diane Live at Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A, April 20th 8:30 PM, following Tony Hightower.

CHRISTIAN DESMOND (Tomas Xemekis) was last seen as Giovanni in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore," with the Widesky Theatre Company of which he is founding member. Other Widesky credits include Pilate in "Gogol," Dennis Jay in "Leave it to Beaver is Dead," and Angelo in "The Comedy of Errors." Will be seen this summer in the next Widesky show, "Awake."

MICHAEL DRAPER (stage direction) Last seen reading most excellently the stage direction in the reading of 3 plays by Stan Kaplan.

TONY HIGHTOWER (script consultant, swing roles) Played Quasimodo, the male lead in Prepare to Meet Your Maker. A journalist and author (and recent transplant from Toronto), Tony has also toured extensively across Canada and the United States as a songwriter and bandleader. His second CD, "A Single Angry Word," is available here and at http://www.interlog.com/~nervous. See Tony Thursday, April 20th, 8PM at the Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A.

KIMBERLY MOSSEL (Maryanne Zeffero) majored in music at Western Michigan University. She is currently member of theatre group Dzieci and will be portraying a possessed nun, Sister Agnes, in the upcoming "Devils of Loudun" on May 5 and 6. Please see her for details on her possession. Kimberly recently appeared as a Heavenly Host in Peter Dizozza's musical "Prepare to Meet Your Maker."

RAY SCHIEL (Harry Zeffero) Ray is currently producing and acting in independent films with Running With Scissors (RWS); an NYC company he formed with actors/directors he's worked with in the past. RWS's first prdouction, "Orson Welles Sells His Soul to the Devil" was recently accepted at both Film Fest New Haven and the Berlin Film Festival. His next projects include a film adaptation of O. Henry's "The Last Leaf" and to initiate a Christian Drama ministry program based in NYC. Psalm 27:14 ray77@mindspring.com

TYR THRONE (artistic consultant, swing roles) As director, choreographer, actor, writer, dancer or producer has participated in over 1000 productions. He has created over 80 original works and received 34 awards and commissions. His dance theatre company THRONE DANCE THEATRE/THE TRIBE has been funded by the NEA and NYSCA and has been assisted in its international touring by the U.S. State Department and the White House's Office of Special Presidential Messages.

PETER DIZOZZA (script) is in-house counsel for Cinema VII & long-time contributor to its catalogue. A composer trained in Engel's BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, he wrote scores for Neil Ericksen's adaptation of the myth of Atalanta, "Legs Like These," Shakespeare's "The Tempest," H.S. Hughes’ adaptation of "Girl of the Limberlost," and E.W. Versalie's play with music, "Convertible." In 1996 he resumed production through Cinema VII. His musical plays (introduced at La Mama E.T.C. and Lach’s Fort @ Sidewalk) include "Shipping the Satellite" "Coppelia," "Witchfinders," "The Eleventh Hour," "Storm Cloud" and "The Peace Mission." His new musical based on Mother Goose themes, The Great Enchanted Forest premiered April 7th at the Forest Hills Gardens Community House. Live Performance at Sidewalk Café, April 30th, 8PM.


Pierre Jelence George Ferencz
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