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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Artistic Staff760 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 Crew547 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Back Cover / Overview554 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Front Cover546 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Course Syllabus: JMC Theatre Practicum (Basis for IBE Production in 1974)569 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Thank You Poem from Carolyn Forché538 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Cast and Crew563 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Back Cover / Overview553 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 Cover558 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Creation of the Dolls Made of Wood558 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Creation of Mudman567 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Mother and Father Emerge from the Feathered Serpent628 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Feathered Serpent584 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Heart of Heaven and the Feathered Serpent553 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Twins Enlist the Aid of the Animals576 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Story of 7 Parrot562 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Birth of the Twins559 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Twins and the Lords of the Underworld574 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Creation of Human Beings559 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Parrot Puppet557 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Dog Puppet553 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Coati Puppet564 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Fiesta Celebration (Ending)586 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Ballgame with the Lords of the Underworld615 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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