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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Artistic Staff1251 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.

Besides rehearsing the show, they all had to work building set pieces, props, costumes, puppets, masks to be used in the show. Tom Tamandl (who taught Spanish) and the poet, Carolyn Forche (who taught in the English program at JMC at the time), were enthusiastic supporters and performers in the show. Traditional and original music was performed by the students. Costumes and masks were based on archeological and traditional sources reflecting various ancient Mesoamerican cultures.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Cast and Crew1034 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Back Cover / Overview1029 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Front Cover1026 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Course Syllabus: JMC Theatre Practicum (Basis for IBE Production in 1974)1078 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Thank You Poem from Carolyn Forché1016 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Cast and Crew1051 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Back Cover / Overview1042 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge. Sears writes:

"This production was an original adaptation of the Quiche Maya Book of Counsel as translated by Munro S. Edmundson of Tulane University and the Mesoamerican Institute into a performance text. His translation, used with his permission, used his special recording of the Quiche Maya words / phrases I wanted to use as part of the performance text.

Traditional and original music was performed by the students. Costumes and masks were based on archeological and traditional sources reflecting various ancient Mesoamerican cultures.

The second production of this piece performed two years later was JMC’s contribution to the University’s Bi-centennial Celebration highlighting the fact that there were other peoples with cultures severely damaged by the arrival of Europeans who should not be forgotten about.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Front Cover1047 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Creation of the Dolls Made of Wood1042 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Creation of Mudman1051 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Mother and Father Emerge from the Feathered Serpent1119 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Feathered Serpent1066 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Heart of Heaven and the Feathered Serpent1036 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Twins Enlist the Aid of the Animals1060 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Story of 7 Parrot1050 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Birth of the Twins1029 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Twins and the Lords of the Underworld1030 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Creation of Human Beings1032 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Parrot Puppet1017 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Dog Puppet1020 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Coati Puppet1039 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Fiesta Celebration (Ending)1054 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Ballgame with the Lords of the Underworld1099 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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