Monday, January 22, 2018

The mystery of THE WAPSHOT WHATEVER. Only Programs and Users know. Intriguing Tues 5/1

The mystery of the THE WAPSHOT WHATEVER. What does a cat meme, a desk top of strange icons, a MacLaren stroller, and an orgy have in common? Programs and Users know...Find out

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Codi McGarry is an amazingly creative and intrepid designer,
undaunted by the most insane requests for projections, animation, sound.
Can you make individual icons for characters and put them on a projection of a desk top? What about talking encyclopedias? She can do almost anything, and if it doesn't work the first will soon!
If you don't yet have a ticket, TUESDAY May 1st is right around the corner.
For more info:

The Wapshot Whatever's Fearless Director Vincent Santvoord and subjects (Chelsea Rodriguez, Lauren Elizabeth, Nate Taylor-Leach and me) @Dixon Place last night. May 1st is creeping up...

WAPSHOT Spotlight today on Chelsea Rodriguez!

Chelsea Rodriguez is a transformative performer with uncanny grace. She plays both an earthy data miner and a mystical Repair program enmeshed in digits in THE WAPSHOT WHATEVER.
Modern dancer, choreographer,drag performer, she's performed with Street Cirque’s Boudicca and Newly Human Productions. Ballerina Bizet is her stage name for gender fluid drag.
Here in rehearsal,Chelsea, Lauren, Nate.

Lauren Elizabeth IS really versatile! Besides her work as an actor, director, performer, she heads her own production company, STREET CIRQUE.. Combining traditional stage and circus, in October the company brings to life the Celtic warrior queen BOUDICCA.
Lauren brings circus to her interpretation of THE WAPSHOT WHATEVER's smiley Appbook program and mystery to the role of a certain Off Shore Server. May 1st Dixon Place

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THE WAPSHOT WHATEVER: The Secret Lives of Computer programs -Extraordinary actor Nathaniel Taylor-Leach!
Nate is actually playing 3 programs - a random dialler worm, a cleaning program and a porn switcher. 
Both both  actor and educator, he's a member of the sketch comedy troupe Dinner For One which appears at the People's Improv Theater. And he teaches acting at  the Neighborhood Playhouse Jr. School. 
4/9- Rehearsal 
St. Veronica's dance school, site of rehearsal, had ballerinas last night; also  Flamenco. We got their white green room. Script's got intricacies but director teased them out and it was an insighful time. Show's taking shape with sounds and background images, then animation. Costume designer measured for her painterly treatments. See how tonight goes!

Dixon Place Where else to see sentient Programs and a User shadow world? (60 minutes.)  (Inquires about this play, comments)

Dixon Place Presents: THE WAPSHOT WHATEVER: The Secret Lives of Computer Programs  
MAY 1, 2018, 7:30PM. Mainstage. BY  Susan I. Weinstein, Directed by: Vincent Santvoord. 

FeaturingChelsea Rodriguez, Lauren Elizabeth, Danny Tay, Nathaniel Taylor-Leach
Are there sentient beings whose lives play out inside your device? Computer Programs create the twilight feel of internet imaginings amid the electronic landscape. The story begins with a stray Rogue program and an Off-Shore Server originally bundled together, who merge in ways unplanned by their creators. In this lingo play programs bear traces of human origins yet are inhuman. Shadow users outside the box interact, a shock of world within worlds in this dark and funny play. 161 A. Chrystie St, NYC 10002 (Bowery &2nd Ave.) (212)219-0736  $15 in advance, $18 at door,  Stu./Sen./idNYC $12 in advance, $15 at door

Projections! Shadow User World, Programs run amuck!


The Wapshot Whatever: The Secret Lives of Computer Programs creates the twilight look and feel of internet imaginings and the electronic landscape. The story begins with a stray Rogue program and commercial Off Shore server bundled together who merge in ways unplanned by their creators. In this lingo play, programs bear traces of their human origins yet are inhuman. Owners outside their box are shadows that interact, a shock of worlds within worlds in this dark and funny play. Come on May Day, if you're in NYC. It's an early show. 7:30

The Wapshot Whatever: The Secret Lives of Computer Programs creates the twilight look and feel of internet imaginings and the electronic landscape. The story begins with a stray program and commercial server bundled together who merge in ways unplanned by their creators. In this lingo play, programs...


Chelsea Rodriguez, modern dancer & drag performer, has performed at Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The producers’ Club, Joyce SoHo.

Nathaniel Taylor-Leach, actor and theatre educator, is a member of the sketch comedy troupe, Dinner For One, from May appearing monthly at the People’s Improv Theater.

Lauren Elizabeth, actor, director, performer, heads her own production company, Street Cirque, which combines traditional stage and circus.

(collaborator) Sara Minisquero, actress, director, stage manager performed in Regeneration Theatre’s AS IS in February  and She-Moon at The Muse, Brooklyn.

(Director) Vincent Santvoord is co-founder of the Brooklyn based theater collective, Built for Collapse and Motel Room Studios.

(playwright) Susan I. Weinstein‘s plays have been produced by A.C.T., at The Harold Clurman Theater, read or performed at The Public Theater, Trinity Rep &  Truant Arts. Her adaptation of The Little Mermaid was performed at Toykraft in Williamsberg. She is the author of The Anarchist’s Girlfriend.

THE WAPSHOT WHATEVER:  The Secret Lives of Computer Programs
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018 AT 7:30PM
Dixon Place, Mainstage
61 A. Chrystie St, NYC 10002 (Bowery &2nd Ave.) (212)219-0736


Setting:  Stage lit with white light.  A vaguely human appearing form in black coat, covered in computer wires. As it walks and rants, small lights go on amid electronic pops.
Time:  Infinite now

                                                                ROGUE PROGRAM
      The wapshot legend has broken down.  For whatever am I going to the office, barely paid so wolf's at the door blowing me down--chomping mouth says you can't make it. Try as you might little piglet, you're another sausage for the gin mill, the spirit mill.

ROGUE  daintily sits crosses legs, sits on floor.

       We want authenticity in pre-packaged tinsley lives that have no real people in them. We want escape. Celeb glamour, see pretty people have flaws unlike you whose whole life is a flaw. So says….

ROGUE wonders answer to this and stands to ponder.

       Have not, whap nut. Am I a homeless geek, a sexy disadvantaged youth, a sad-eyed girl from the homelands?  I am also no corporate executive or a hybrid working girl, middle-aged muse. Whatever!  Provocateur. Dark panicky incoherence of a rogue program in the universal computer.  A home in every port.  My sweethearts upload me and never know I look into the hearts of their on-line anxieties, searches, and blogs pursuing content. I'm the nebulous nothing of information technology when everything is present.

ROGUE sighs sadly

       I love a little fool server off the Aussie coast. She serves island hoppers, giving weather warnings, hurr and him-a-caines coming to a shore near them. She's a dear one…
Rogue pushes switches on himself. Out comes a  petite server program, wearing a white suit with black blinking wires.  She talks in proud bursts.

                                                                    SERVER PROGRAM

      Aruba, the Canaries, Singapore, Florida Keys, Sardinia, Manhattan Island.  Day or night I'm the bellweather, the urgent voice with updates on Calvin or Marie, Andrew and Elizabeth. I see the Eye approaching, gangway, flee cars, houses. Find cellars!  Shivery, underground they heed me or, or too late clinging to palms, losing grip, are blown out to sea. .

Copyright C 2015 by Susan I. Weinstein, all right reserved.  For info about a production of
this play, leave in comments on this page or Vimeo

Monday, January 1, 2018

Peter Cherches' STAR COURSE--The growth of celebrity culture in an America eager to see stars in the flesh

"In the century before television brought stars into our living rooms, celebrities crisscrossed the nation, bringing entertainment and perspectives to towns large and small. Peter Cherches, through his careful research and engaging prose, brings the stars and impresarios of the nineteenth-century lecture circuit back from the dead and gives us a front-row seat. This is an important book." - David T.Z. Mindich, author of Just the Facts: How "Objectivity" Came to Define American Journalism and chair of Temple University's journalism department
Peter Cherches, best known for his witty, probing fictions in the  minimalist vein, such as Lift Your Right Arm and Autobiography Without Words, also has a Ph.D. in American Studies. In STAR COURSE, he has written a unique book for anyone interested in the origins of celebrity culture. It begins in a 19th-century America with no TV and radio, let alone Internet. Here are audiences, which  distingush between moral entertainment--uplifting enlightening lectures appropriate for respectable people--and Puritanical ideas of theater as ungodly, lowlife entertainment to excite the senses. The Lyceums, a kind of continuing education, offered useful entertainment, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, dramatic readings by Charlotte Cushman, though Shakespeare was occasionally snuck in with hypocritical ad copy, as a dissertation on jealousy or revenge.  
The Lyceum Movement, which lasted 15 years, evolved into the "star courses" (star was a theater word), which brought a wider range of people, such as humorists, like Mark Twain, Thomas Nast, cartoonist, Henry Ward Beecher, star cleric, Henry Morton Stanley, African explorer. Popular women lecturer's included Anna Dickinson, impressionist Helen Potter, Brigham Young's 19th wife, among others. Cherches gives an idea of the attractions and performances of these Stars, more often than not solicited and signed by journalist James Redpath, whose successful Lyceum Bureau supplied talent for the Star Courses. He and other bureaus began the use of public relations to promote their tours. 
As Star lecturers criss-crossed the country, people came not surprisingly to see the famous in the flesh, rather than buy the lecture in book or pamphlet form. And, in the case of Thomas Nast, his lecture tour was hugely poplar because of his ability to draw engaging caricatures. Some of these performances prefigure the content of TV and radio, such as the talk show host or news reader, famous for being themselves.
Cherches' history of celebrity culture uniquely looks at human behavior, impresarios, the content of Star performances, the rise of public relations and the enlarged transportation network, to show how the lecture platform worked as a kind of pre-internet mass media. Popular mass entertainment was a fact of life as America entered the 20th century. Cherches, also a performer, accessed archives and newspaper accounts to recreate a little known but pivotal chapter in the story of American popular culture. And, without the index, it's about 100 pages. Star Course is definitely worth the read. Even the index.