Posts Tagged ‘the Wooster Group’

rum raisin and the rumstick road

September 26, 2014

mes amis–

il y a beaucoup de temps ..  it feels very nice to be back beating at the grindstone and greasing away at the waxy ax of fall. autumn is upon us ! despite this seasonally sumptuous day. happy new year to those celebrating .. i shall be feasting on apples and honey tonight myself.

well then. theresa buchhesiter should need no introduction.

she of the angular pantaloons and bohemian style is as warm and sunny as a kansas sky. i have long admired her disposition, quick wit, and work ethic, as well as her theatrical dealings. for not only is she a director and actor, but she’s also a mover and shaker. i spotted her at the viewing of rumstick road many months back and i recall overhearing a post-viewing tenacity in her voice about getting another showing of this fine footage.

she’s done just that. rumstick returns at buchheister’s artistic home the (not so) silent barn this coming monday evening sept. 29. theresa’s doing spaulding and all those woosters proud with another showing (and helping out those who didn’t catch the all-too-brief run at anthology). this kippy caught up with theresa over email…

the rumstick

the rumstick

I know  Rumstick is seminal but what do you love about it personally?

Everyone currently making art is referencing this work, even if they never saw it. Even if they don’t know who the Wooster Group is. Which much Silent Barn audience has no idea about them.
It is virtuosic.  It is painful and beautiful.
It shakes loose pointless narcissism and skill-less self fascination.
It reverberates, deeper and deeper over time.

Tell me about your first viewing of Rumstick .. 

It was closing night at Anthology.  All I wanted to do was cry, drink, work harder and smarter, and force everyone I know to see it.
But I couldn’t because it was closing night and the DVD is so costly!
Which is reason number 598 that this opportunity is such a generous gift.
I also saw it on a night with Eliza Bent, hot off tour; Jeff Jones, who saw the original; Morgan von prelle Pecelli, who was my first NY advocate; Sarah Matusek, who is brand new to NY; Mallory Catlett, who had done a show at the Garage; Andrew Dinwiddie, whose show at Bushwick Starr had recently gutted me. Etc etc. I felt overwhelmed entirely that night. I just wanted to make the audience for RR expand exponentially.

Oui, I can understand why… will you be serving anything rum flavored at the screening??

Oh I should….  I shall. Yes.

possible themed snack

possible themed snack

There is a rumor that the Wooster Group may be changing its name to the Sullivan Street Gang .. c’est vrais?

I love RUMors.

Not as much as I love Fleetwood Mac !

this is candy for the ears, mes amis

this is candy for the ears, mes amis

Allora, the screening with be at the Silent Barn. I recall some foam bits when I caught one of your Borroughs screenings .. for those who are unacquainted .. please describe the Silent Barn if you will.

Oh lord. It is a legal DIY venue, residence, multi arts compound- constantly changing, growing, breaking, building, layering. Anything can happen there and many things have. Title:Point does theatre and dance and film and themed parties and salons and installations and marathon novel readings, etc. but it is primarily a music venue.

There is a barber shop, record store, recording studio, media lab, synth building lab, used supply store, galleries and jewelry and pinatas and guitar pedals and food and beer and coffee….  Lots of stuff.  All the time.

What is your secret influence / guilty artistic pleasure?

The films Oscar and Mr. Mom and The Burbs. Professional wrestling. Looney Toons.
Erotica. Seeing action movies in the theatre. Big musicals.

Va  bene .. grazie Theresa!
Hope to see some of you at the screening on Monday evening at the Silent Barn.

a bientot,


un certo conferenza teatrale (artlog #4)

June 22, 2012

Mes amis—

Greetings from the land of beans…where there are as many toots as there are legumes! Allora, it is rare for me to report on certain things but today I simple respond to the plaintive cries of fans asking for cutting edge reportage of the Teatrino Communicazione Gruppo Conferenza!

And so it began… with a Chatty Kathy on the Bolt Bus sitting next to moi Wednesday morning. Yes, my friends, this Kippy didn’t take a train—nor a horse drawn pavilion—but an 11 dollar bus driven by a sour puss named Deborah.

“Ah-right. I g-oughtta take care-ah this guy whose goin’ crazee!” Deborah cried out to terrified passengers as a customer, who resembled a geologist, made virulent complaints. He was being forced to stand at the end of the standby line even though he had a ticket. “I have a reservation!” he wailed, flapping his pale wings and stamping a Teva-clad foot. “Buddy you arrived after the depahrture time. I’m n-ought being unfair!” Deborah retorted.

And so we rolled, the Chatty Kathy next to me regaling her youth spent working in the far East.

And so it was with great delight I returned to my home city. One of many home cities I should say, for I am an incorrigible citzen of the world! In my salad days, I do believe I attended a prom in the Boston Park Plaza hotel, official hotel of the Red Sox, which is where this conferenza is conferencing!

more ubiquitous than beans

Wednesday night, after some drawn out administrative announcements, this Kippy found herself sipping an iced tea with pals and enjoying a gluten free feast at Legal Seafoods. It felt positively illeagle!

Speaking of eagles, I have spotted few fellow eagles of the Boston College persuasion. Then again I should just look for a conventionally dressed white person. Ooh wait, that’s most preppy people in the Bean!

unpop that collar!

A prickly-yet-at-times-palatable oration was delivered by a fellow from Woolly Monmouth. He opined on the need to innovate in the theatre and asked whose job that might be. Theatre is really good in Eastern Europe, he pointed out, and that is where the directors rule the school and innovate with each theatrical oevre. Yawn and snore. Tell me something I didn’t know! In America we have an Aristotelian playwright as ruler—though, as my scribe friends can tell me—this is hardly the case! Instead, playwrights in the U.S. are subjected to a nanny state of tyranny, forced to go through endless (and pointless) cycles of development (I prefer a bicycle, fyi) and submit to silly “best intention” decision making by artistic leaders. But I editorialize.

This fellow went on to posit that theatre folk should approach projects more holistically with designers and actors being involved from the get go. A fine idea…when it actually happens! He decried the 4 week rehearsal project—no surprise there. I wanted to offer, “Sometimes the 4 hour rehearsal process is best!” but opted to keep my pie hole shut. As I bit my tongue, sitting in the Imperial Room with its ornate rug and rapt audience, I wondered which artistic leaders would act on any of this speech’s advise.

It is good to have such a speech, which incidentally largely ignored scrappy and not-so-scrappy ensembles who develop and devise work together over short and long periods of time. No mention of Porcine Irondales, the Squad–I mean TEAM–the Wooster Street Gang, Elevator Operator Repair Service and countless unnamable others… Not a single mention!

It seemed perhaps there were many former actors in the audience, furrowing brows, nodding attentively and seeming to be taking in the advice to innovate and make proper ensemble work. Let’s see if any one actually does.

I’m off to day two now and have some hard boiled eggs in my midst.

A presto!