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Masked Drama Workshop (1972): Course Handout / Sheet1222 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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Roots of Drama (Class; 1977): Rivalry Potlatch: Class Roster1137 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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Birds of Sorrow - On Stage1090 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Sears Eldredge with Gift Mask1000 viewsThis mask was made by the workshop students as a gift to Sears.
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Impossible Loves: The Princess936 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Birds of Sorrow: Monk and Musicians906 viewsMonk: Dale Orrin
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Artistic Staff838 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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Birdcatchers in Hades - Newspaper Photo821 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Bacchae: Performance Photo818 views
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Toad Puppet815 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Labyrinth II (1973): Structural Play808 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Mask Characterization Class - Aviva Miller?806 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.

Sears writes the student is probably Aviva Miller.
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The Falling Sickness - 1798 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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The Great God Brown: Actors' Life Masks791 views
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Roots of Drama (Class; 1977): Rivalry Potlatch790 viewsThe Pam Holcomb Clan.
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Roots of Drama (Class; 1977): Rivalry Potlatch790 viewsThe Sears Eldredge Clan.
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Hippolytus: Phaedra, Nurse, and Chorus789 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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Rivalry Potlatch (1977): The Deer Totem Dance 788 views
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The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria: Performance Photo759 views
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The Bacchae: Performance Photo756 views
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Mask Characterization Class - Unknown Student754 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Birds of Sorrow: Entrance of the Hunter740 viewsHunter: David Hoyle
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_Balm in Gilead_ Students (Cast and Crew)736 views_Balm in Gilead_ Cast / Staff: 1974
Photo provided by Sears Eldredge.

REAR (Left to Right): unidentified, Henry (Hank) Ferree, Audrey LaVelle (actor)

FRONT ROW (Seated, Left to Right): Colleen Purcell (stage manager), unidentified, unidentified, John Low (actor)

More info / comments available at:

http://www.enolagaia.com/StudentsinBiGF74.html
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Backstage - Masked Drama Workshop725 viewsBackstage: Masked Drama Workshop: June 1972
This group photo was sent in by former JMC theatre instructor Sears Eldredge in March 2004. It shows a group of JMC students along with Sears himself (on the far right). This photo was taken 'backstage' at the Masked Drama Workshop, which was presented in early June 1972.

Thanks, Sears!

LEFT TO RIGHT:
Erika Walton, David Hoyle, Nancy Sableski, Lynn Medow, Sears Eldredge

Additional info available at:

http://www.enolagaia.com/BackstageMDW1972.html
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