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Roots of Drama (Class; 1977): Rivalry Potlatch: Class Roster1820 viewsThe Rivalry Potlatch: Anthropology & Drama II — McDonel Kiva -- Pam Holcomb, an anthropologist, and I team-taught this course. This took place in the second term of the two-term course investigating the possible roots of drama around the globe.
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Masked Drama Workshop (1972): Course Handout / Sheet1599 viewsStudents researched the various historical/cultural groups and sculpted their own masks based on traditional models. Scenes from the following plays were performed:
- Greek Tragedy: Euripides’ Hippolytus
- Modern Tragedy: Eugene O’Neill’s The Great God Brown
- As well as the full Japanese Noh, Birds of Sorrow

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Birds of Sorrow - On Stage1426 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Sears Eldredge with Gift Mask1356 viewsThis mask was made by the workshop students as a gift to Sears.
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Impossible Loves: The Princess1346 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Birds of Sorrow: Monk and Musicians1229 viewsMonk: Dale Orrin
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Artistic Staff1145 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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The Bacchae: Performance Photo1142 views
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Birdcatchers in Hades - Newspaper Photo1118 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Great God Brown: Actors' Life Masks1115 views
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Hippolytus: Phaedra, Nurse, and Chorus1113 viewsLeft to Right:
(1) Chorus: Cindy Kiels, Nancy Sableski, Erika Walton, Elaine Zeimba (not known which is precisely which).
(2) Nurse: Chris Thor
(3) Phaedra: Delf Dodge
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The Falling Sickness - 11106 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.

The Falling Sickness - Russell Edson. A father, mother, and their son ??????? with the father ending up making love to a chair. Two camera (one hidden) bring up images of the action as well as the audiences reaction on video screens. — Performed in the TV studio.
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Labyrinth II (1973): Structural Play1105 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Toad Puppet1103 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Mask Characterization Class - Aviva Miller?1100 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.

Sears writes the student is probably Aviva Miller.
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Rivalry Potlatch (1977): The Deer Totem Dance 1082 views
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Roots of Drama (Class; 1977): Rivalry Potlatch1067 viewsThe Sears Eldredge Clan.
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Roots of Drama (Class; 1977): Rivalry Potlatch1066 viewsThe Pam Holcomb Clan.
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Mask Characterization Class - Unknown Student1061 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Birds of Sorrow: Entrance of the Hunter1050 viewsHunter: David Hoyle
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Birds of Sorrow: The Ghost of the Dead Hunter1048 viewsGhost of the Hunter: David Hoyle
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The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria: Performance Photo1031 views
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The Bacchae: Performance Photo1025 views
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The Bacchae: Performance Photo1023 views
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