Apr 6, 2019

Coffeehouse Chronicles #152: John Jesurun

Curated by Michal Gamily

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Celebrating John Jesurun with panelists, live performances and archival materials!

Hosted by Nicky Paraiso

Anna Kohler, David Cale, John Hagan, Black-Eyed Susan, Oscar Colon, Helena White, Agosto Machado, Greg Mehrten
Dan Kuan Peeples, Donna Herman, Asta Hansen, Kyle Griffiths, Caleb Hammond, Claire Buckingham

Claire Buckingham is a New York based actor.  Past work with John Jesurun includes Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence, Shadowland Live!, Stopped Bridge of Dreams (La MaMa E.T.C), Chang In A Void Moon (Incubator Arts), and Firefall (Dance Theatre Workshop). Film Credits include: Amish Witches (Lifetime), Moving Violation (Image Bearer Pictures), Abduct (Xavier Cha), The Ghosts (Sue de Beer),Casters (Erin Gould), and Planet X (Jacob Hensberry). BFA: NYU Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing.

David Cale most recently wrote the solo play Harry Clarke, starring Billy Crudup, which premiered at the Vineyard Theatre, transferred to Minetta Lane Theater as the first stage production of Audible and received the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. David’s solo musical memoir, We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, for which he wrote the book, lyrics and co-composed the music with Matthew Dean Marsh, recently premiered on the Mainstage of the Goodman Theatre, Chicago and will begin performances at The Public Theater on June 13th. David has appeared in several episodes of Chang in a VoidMoon and John’s web series Shadowland.

John Hagan has appeared in “Chang in a Void Moon” since 1983, as well as in many other plays by John Jesurun. He also has performed in works by Robert Ashley, Steve Buscemi, Sanghi Choi, DANCENOISE, Richard Foreman, Mimi Goese, Caleb Hammond, Yolanda Hawkins, William Niederkorn and Stuart Sherman among others. He can be seen as the patient taking an hallucinogenic journey in Aaron Siegel’s video opera, “Tea Before You Go” (available on Vimeo and YouTube).

Black Eyed Susan is an original member of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company and received a Villager Award and an Obie for Sustained Achievement for her work with the Company. She has also appeared in productions by Ethyl Eichelberger, Stuart Sherman, Mabou Mines, Roslyn Drexler, Jim Neu, Charles Allcroft, Samuel Beckett, Stephanie Fleischmann, John Jahnke, Christina Campanella/Stephanie Fleischmann, and Mallory Catlett.

Kyle Griffiths most recently performed in John Jesurun and Takeshi Kawamura’s Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence (La MaMa E.T.C). New York stage credits include: Shadowland Live! (La MaMa E.T.C), The Irresistible (Immersive Gallery), Chang in A Void Moon (Incubator Arts), Firefall (Dance Theatre Workshop), The Importance of Being Earnest, and Waiting for Godot (Eugene Lang College).

Greg Mehrten has worked with John Jesurun off and on for more than 20 years, performing in many episodes of Chang in a Void Mood, as well as playing the Father in Shatterhand Massacree in Berlin in 2004. He was a member and co-Artistic Director of Mabou Mines from 1980-1991

Coffeehouse Chronicles


Coffeehouse Chronicles is an educational performance series exploring the history of Off-Off-Broadway. Part artist-portrait, part history lesson, and part community forum, Coffeehouse Chronicles take an intimate look at the development of downtown theatre, from the 1960s’ “Coffeehouse Theatres” through today.

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