|Monday, August 19, 2002.
6:07 PM: <a>
Ooooo yeah! here we go again.
See ya's at Leeds, people.
Monday, August 12, 2002.
2:17 PM: <a>
Things easing up this month, folks, as we try to get our shit together for the fall tour.
Meanwhile, the Captain and the Mahatma are preparing for their appearance in the upcoming existentialist musical, The Transit Rider
, by our dear friend Dawn the Faun
. Look for it in early September after everyone is back from "the playa".
Here's the poop on it:
Faun Fables presents: THE TRANSIT RIDER
an underground musical
September 6th, 7th, 8th, 2002 - FRI, SAT, SUN @ 8pm
@Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th street @ Mission, SF
info/ reservations: 510-569-3520
Conception Dawn McCarthy
Direction Allen Willner & Dawn McCarthy
Musical Score Faun Fables
Live music ensemble Nils Frykdahl (directing), Dan Rathbun,
Max Baloian, Phillip Williams & Jason Ditzian
Video Design Eric Koziol
Set Design Dan Rathbun
Lighting Design Allen Willner
Performance Cassie Terman, Dawn McCarthy, Freddi Price,
Kirk Lombard, Leigh Evans, Michael Pukish,
Nils Frykdahl, Tanya Calamoneri, Victoria McNichol Kelly,
Owen Walker, Penny Werner, Mike & Dimitri Zucker.
This project has been supported in part by the Meet the Composer Fund and the Zellerbach Family Fund.
The Transit Rider, a musical theater journey set on a subway train, is a collision of actors, musicians, dancers,
physical theater performers and film makers bringing to San Francisco an absurdist fairytale based on the music and
songs of Faun Fables, a Bay Area based act featuring the stark and eerily lovely "songtelling" of singer/songwriter
Dawn McCarthy with multi-instrumentalist Nils Frykdahl (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, inkBoat).
McCarthy plays the Transit Rider, who awakens into the absurd
transit system run by a Conductor/Train Troll, played by Frykdahl. The
supporting cast includes some of their favorite Bay
Area performers: physical comedian Mike Pukish as Jerry Mandering- the
deteriorating business man addicted to movement and yet determined to
derail the train that supplies it, Kirk Lombard
and Freddi Price from music group RUBE WADDELL as the Corwith Brothers-
detectives hired for an immeasurable length of time to unravel the
train's derailment while lamenting that the sign
on their office door says "We’ll Be Right Back," established Action
Theater actors Cassie Terman as The Follower- following random riders by
chance in efforts to change her destiny and Owen
Walker as a Seizured Romantic-searching for love & romance through his
seizures, dancers Tanya Calamoneri as the Old Runaway Mother- glad to
be rid of her family, yet too slow to manage
getting off the train and Leigh Evans as the Cleaning Lady- Spiritual
Inquisitor who wants to save the Transit Rider from herself, radio play
actors Mark Zucker, Penny Werner & their son Dimitri
as The Family- lost, desperate and in search of their runaway mother and
Victoria McNichol Kelly as The Blindwoman- journeying to find her stop,
"the deep pool of water."
The show is directed by Allen Willner and Dawn McCarthy, and also features
video work by Eric Koziol (Nine Inch Nails, Diamanda Galas) lighting design by Willner,
a live music ensemble including Frykdahl, Dan Rathbun (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum),
Max Baloian, Phillip Williams & Jason Ditzian (Nanos Operetta).
The first seeds of The Transit Rider were planted 8 years ago
when McCarthy moved to NYC and was submerged into the unrelenting motion
of the subway system- a winding underground
world of passengers in cattle-like repetition, straining to keep
anonymous personal boundaries. In Autumn 2001, Faun Fables began
collaborating with director Allen Willner (Inkboat,Violent
Dwarf) to develop it into a full length theater show. Rehearsals began
in April 2002 with basic script outlines, but an improv format for
character and scene development was used extensively,
drawing upon the talents of the performers.