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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Artistic Staff779 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 Crew565 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Back Cover / Overview573 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Front Cover564 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Course Syllabus: JMC Theatre Practicum (Basis for IBE Production in 1974)589 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Thank You Poem from Carolyn Forché556 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Cast and Crew582 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Back Cover / Overview575 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 Cover577 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Creation of the Dolls Made of Wood577 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Creation of Mudman586 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Mother and Father Emerge from the Feathered Serpent647 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Feathered Serpent603 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Heart of Heaven and the Feathered Serpent572 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Twins Enlist the Aid of the Animals595 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Story of 7 Parrot581 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Birth of the Twins580 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Twins and the Lords of the Underworld593 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Creation of Human Beings578 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Parrot Puppet576 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Dog Puppet572 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Coati Puppet583 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Fiesta Celebration (Ending)605 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Ballgame with the Lords of the Underworld634 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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