Thanks to Ellen Stewart and Beverly Barry
of La Mama, on
October 26th, 1997, Cinema VII introduced the
musical adaptation of Peter Dizozza's 1995 Novelty Book,
"Witchfinders," adapted for four readers -- they
Erika Bell, Lisa Dery, Peter Dizozza and
Chris West --
at La Mama La Galleria.
6 East First Street
(between 2nd Avenue and Bowery).
Saturday Evening, November 29, 1997,
8:00-10:00, The Second Performance
PETER DIZOZZA’s WITCHFINDERS
Musical Adaptation of the Novelty Book of the Same Name
Directed by: Debra Wakefield
Script and Score by: Peter
Research Assistance: Chris West
Rehearsal Space Provided
by: Throne Dance Theatre
Characters in order of
Michelle/Unsuk/Jenni -- Lisa
Vivian/Jalta Jivaro/Grandmother -- Erika
Billy/Sheriff/John Biffy, Sr. -- Tyr
Willie Thompson/Ian/Doctor Antony -- Jim Vogel
Marshall/Mark -- Ernest Febles
John Biffy, Jr./Father in the Bristol
Episode -- Chris West
Edwin Weed(Jimmy) -- Peter
Sveva Caldonado/John's Mother -- Donna Ong
Jackie/Scene Setter -- Emma Hogarth
1. We’re Living
2. Bay Bees
4. Donna’s Engine’s Always Running
5. Song of the
Witchfinder (“And I Love Them Still”)
6. Elvis Presley’s Witchcraft (by
D. Bartholomew & P. King)
7. Hermit Song
8. Give Your Love Away
("Grip Your Blip")
9. Witchdoctor (by David
A Cinema VII Production
Text & Vocal Score published by O.W.L. Press
Quote from the
"The People of Haiti will never know the debt they owe THE
nu-age Irvington teens, returned to town Sunday Evening, May 3rd, 1998,
for a 22 minute cameo at Theatre 22 (54 West 22nd Street between 5th and
6th Avenues) singing five of their nine songs at
SQUARE ONE NUMBER FORTY-ONE!
production of The Golden Fleece Ltd. & Composers Chamber Theatre
Lou Rodgers, Producing Artistic Director
We were third of five
The 22 Minute Witchfinders
Directed by Debra Wakefield!
Guest performers: Monica Dizozza
and Liz Brody.
Thanks those of you who came out to a packed house that
Interesting Musical Theatre Info
Also on the
bill with Liz, Debra, Monica and me were:
"Cupid and Psyche," music
Jih Wan Kim (an incredible pianist at 18) with book and lyrics by Sean
Hartley of the Lucy Moses School, a 1998 Ascap Musical Theatre Selection
"Sylvia," based on the A.R. Gurney dog personification
play, music by Charles Colby Sachs and lyrics by Rene Fectau, a BMI
"Algonquin," music Michael Hirsch, book and lyrics by C.J.
Critt, a personal reminiscence featuring the ghosts of Benchley and Parker
and who else, Kauffman?
"The Last American Dragon," music Eliott Kahn,
Lyrics, Clay Zambo and Book, Robert Miller. The lyricist played the piano!
Rich Toy-Neumar was great as the dragon.
These performances are
funded in part by the Katherine Dalglish Foundation, the Hornet
Foundation, The Office of the Borough President of Manhattan, Warren B.
Mosler, The Nancy Quinn Fund for Emerging Theatres and the Virgil Thompson
Foundation, Ltd. Golden Fleece Ltd. is funded by the New York State
Council on the Arts.
For more information on the activities of GOLDEN
FLEECE, dial (212) 691-6105.
<—Jivaros "Unsuk" and "Jalta."