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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Artistic Staff811 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 Crew597 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Back Cover / Overview603 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Front Cover595 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Course Syllabus: JMC Theatre Practicum (Basis for IBE Production in 1974)623 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Thank You Poem from Carolyn Forché590 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Cast and Crew615 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Back Cover / Overview611 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 Cover611 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Creation of the Dolls Made of Wood611 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Creation of Mudman620 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Mother and Father Emerge from the Feathered Serpent683 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Feathered Serpent636 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Heart of Heaven and the Feathered Serpent609 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Twins Enlist the Aid of the Animals629 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Story of 7 Parrot614 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Birth of the Twins616 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Twins and the Lords of the Underworld626 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Creation of Human Beings611 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Parrot Puppet609 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Dog Puppet606 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Coati Puppet618 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Fiesta Celebration (Ending)640 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Ballgame with the Lords of the Underworld666 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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