Coffeehouse Chronicles #139: André De Shields, Annie Golden, Dale Soules and More Set for LaMaMa’s 50th Anniversary of HAIR and James Rado’s 85th birthday on January 21

Poster Design by Edo Amin
Poster Design by Edo Amin

Curated and directed by Coffeehouse Chronicles Series Director Michal Gamily, LaMaMa is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of HAIR: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical with co-creator James Rado, composer Galt MacDermot, and featuring members of the original Off-Broadway cast of 1967Broadway cast of 1968, and the cast of the 2009 Broadway revival, including Shaleah Adkisson, Debbie Andrews, Peppy Castro, André De Shields, Lauren Elder, Ellen Foley, Annie Golden, Ula Hedwig, Rev. Marjorie Lipari, Melba Moore, Allan Nicholls, Jill O’Hara, Jim Rado, Robert Rubinsky, Dale Soules, and Jared Weiss. The artist lineup is subject to availability and may change. The musical director and pianist Balint Varga will lead Richard Cohen as Musical Supervisor/Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet, Aaron Drescher on drums, Dave D’Aranjo on bass, and Thayer Naples on Guitar. The Coffeehouse Chronicles #139, at La MaMa (66 E. 4 St. in NYC) on Saturday, January 21 at 2 p.m, moderated by Gamily and Coffeehouse Chronicles Co-Founder, Chris Kapp, will offer a panel, performances, and archival media by Dagmar Krajnc and the HAIR private collection. The event will also feature artwork by Suki Weston. Click here for more information on Coffee House Chronicles and here for the 50th Anniversary of HAIR.

André De Shields, Merle Frimark and James Rado at the opening night of Ain’t Misbehavin’, directed and choreographed by De Shields, at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ on October 8, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Merle Frimark and James Rado at the opening night of Ain’t Misbehavin’, directed and choreographed by De Shields, at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ on October 8, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

Rado will also be celebrating his 85th birthday.

The event is currently at capacity and will be livestreamed here. Please arrive an hour before Coffeehouse Chronicles at 66 E 4th Street for standby. Seating is limited and entrance is not guaranteed.

HAIR was created as an original idea by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, who collaborated on the story, text, characters, dialogue, and lyrics, beginning in 1964. In 1966, they were joined by composer, Galt MacDermot. Although, envisioned from the start as a challenge to the Broadway model, HAIR debuted Off-Broadway on October 17, 1967 as a rock musical. The old Astor Library, gutted and under fresh construction, became The New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater, and producer Joseph Papp chose HAIR to be the premiere presentation in his experimental space. The six-week run at the “Public” proved to be a perfect “out-of-town tryout.” Following its close, they were joined by, then first-time, producer Michael Butler, and HAIR moved as a direct transfer to the Cheetah nightclub. After a successful four-week run, Rado and Ragni expanded their script and score; Galt put music to their 13 new songs; and the three were determined to hire a new director and production team to realize the originally intended “invasion” of Broadway. They looked to La MaMa, and the innovative artistry of resident director Tom O’Horgan. On April 29, 1968, HAIR opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre with contributions by choreographer Julie Arenal, lighting designer Jules Fisher, set designer Robin Wagner, and costume designer, Nancy Potts. It was an instant phenomenon. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Chicago Tribe. Left to Right: Carol Ruth, Valerie Williams, Chuck McKinney, Stan Shaw, and André De Shields in Hair. Photo courtesy of Ebony Magazine (May 1970)
Chicago Tribe. Left to Right: Carol Ruth, Valerie Williams, Chuck McKinney, Stan Shaw, and André De Shields in Hair. Photo courtesy of Ebony Magazine (May 1970)
André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields began his professional career in 1969 at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre in Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, directed by Tom O’Horgan.  Since then, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director and educator. A multiple Tony Award nominee, his journey as creative activist includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Feature Films, Television, Concerts and Distinguished Visiting Professorships.  Mr. De Shields is best known for his show-stopping performances in six legendary Broadway productions: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’Play On!, Mark Medford’s Prymate and two directed by Jack O’Brien- The Full Monty and Impressionismwww.andredeshields.com.

Shaleah Adkisson is a singer, actress and teaching artist living in New York City. She’s been seen on Broadway and on tour in Hair: The American Tribal Love- Rock Musical and off-Broadway in Rent, as well as in regional productions including Clybourne Park, Avenue Q, The Hot Mikado, Beehive: The 60’s Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin, Grease, Nunsense & Children of Eden. When not working in the theatre, Shaleah works as a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble, an organization of freelance musicians catering to school districts in upstate New York. Additionally, she performs in NYC and on tour with Soul Picnic Productions (Back to the Garden  and August 1969: A Tribute to the Women of Woodstock) and also serves as a cantor at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in NYC. www.shaleahadkisson.com

Debbie Andrews was cast in her hometown Detroit’s production of the rock musical “HAiR.”  She then toured, opened the Wash DC show after which she came to Broadway playing the role of Crissy, singing “Frank Mills.” Debbie co-founded the band, Gladshot, who will soon release and tour behind their 3rd CD.  She also wrote the rock musical “Barcode” with the help of Jim Rado, featuring Gladshot songs. “Barcode” premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. You can currently catch Debbie playing pop songs and jazz standards on Cole Porter’s piano in Peacock Alley at the Waldorf – Astoria.

Jordan Beswick trained with Michael Moriarty, Mira Rostova, Stephen Strimpell, Sandy Dennis, Shelley Winters, Sally Kirkland, Frederick Combs, Earl Hyman, Amy Wright, William Hickey, and Guy Stockwell and was a finalist for membership at the Actors Studio. Vocally he trained with Marni Nixon, and William & Irene Chapman. He studied playwrighting with Robert Patrick and Milan Stitt. His directing credits include productions in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Belgium, Berlin, Brazil, and North Carolina of his own plays, as well as those by noted playwrights Robert Patrick, Paula Vogel, Claudia Shear, Lanford Wilson, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Albert Innuarato, Jane Willis, Lyle Kessler. His plays have been presented in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington D.C.), the Riverside Studios (London), the Lucernaire (Paris), the Manufacture des Abbesses (Paris), the West Bank (NYC), the Celebration Theatre (West Hollywood). As an acting instructor he’s worked at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (New York – 4 years), Studio VO/VF (Paris – 13 years), the Institut für Schauspiel Film und Fernsehberufe (Berlin – 10 years, present), the Manufacture des Abbesses (Paris – 3 years, present), the Actors Centre (London – 3 years, present), Film Workshop and Laboratory (NC – 3 years), Greensboro Performing Arts (NC – 1 year). In casting he’s worked alongside such respected casting directors as Douglas Aibel (DEAD MAN WALKING, THE YARDS, SIGNS, THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES), Sheila Jaffe & Georgianne Walken (DENICE CALLS UP, THE DAYTRIPPERS), Avy Kaufman (FORTY SHADES OF BLUE), and independently (URBANIA, GETTING TO KNOW YOU, DEAD DOG, YOU BELONG TO ME, SEASIDE); and his theatre casting credits include numerous productions for such award winning venues as the Vineyard Theatre, the Drama Department, BAM/Next Wave Festival, New York Stage and Film. Literary assignments included reading and evaluating scripts for New Dramatists, Circle Rep, New York Theatre Workshop and Second Stage. Jordan is a proud member of the Casting Society of America (C.S.A.)

Peppy Castro  is considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era has done it all. He is a successful seasoned professional with great variety in his music! His fame and 1st hit record began at the age of 17 as one of the founding fathers of the legendary rock group,” The Blues Magoos”. His rock and roll status led him to a starring role in the original Broadway Production of Hair. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Diana Ross, Kiss and Cher, among others. He is also Emmy nominated and an award-winning playwright and multi-instrumentalist, having penned and or performed hundreds of well-known jingles for decades inclduing Budweiser, Chevy, Bounty, Nestlé’s Crunch, Kodak, etc. The list is endless. His potent vocals have appeared on numerous platinum records for well known recording artists. He’s enjoyed years of diverse music by being an original member of the bands, The Blues Magoos, Balance, Wiggy Bits. and the newly inducted Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Barnaby Bye. Peppy Is also an associate producer for the new off Broadway show. “The Gong Show Live” and has just completed his own solo CD titled “Just Beginning” with Long time friend Joey Kramer from Aerosmith on some cuts. Peppy, up to the minute  has been writing and partnered up with his former manager and Iconic producer Steve Leber  on a Rock Theatrical spectacle conceived by Leber called Rockin’ The Bible.

When she was 15, Nina Machlin Dayton worked in the concession of the Biltmore Theatre where HAIR was playing on Broadway, and it changed her life. Since then she has worked as an actor, singer, director, producer, teacher, and artist, and now works as the HAIR archivist, consulting on productions of HAIR and related projects worldwide, while also designing knitting patterns and teaching design in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in western MA, where she relocated from her hometown of NYC some years ago. She lives in an old Victorian house stuffed to the rafters with yarn, books, and HAIR history, with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and an ancient Jack Russell terrier named Jenny.

Magie Dominic, a Newfoundland writer, artist and actress, studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and lives in New York. Her memoirs “The Queen of Peace Room” and “Street Angel”  have been nominated for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, Book of the Year Award-ForeWord Magazine, The Judy Grahn Award and received the Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Award. She was nominated for the Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award.

She is one of the early members of the Off-Off Broadway movement and was co-Curator of the Astor Gallery Lincoln Center exhibition “Caffe Cino and Its Legacy” in 1985. She has established “The Magie Dominic / Caffe Cino Collection” at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Her writing and art archives are with New York University Fales Library Permanent Collection.

She co-authored “H. M. Koutoukas Remembered by His Friends” a collection of stories about the pivotal playwright H.M. Koutoukas. She has one daughter Heather Rose.  Her artwork has been exhibited in Toronto and New York including a presentation at The United Nations.

Aaron Drescher (Drums) is originally from Albany, New York, Aaron is happy to be a part of this wonderful celebration of Hair!  Off-Broadway:  BedbugsHimself And Nora.  Tour: Elf, Shades of Buble.  Regional: The Lily’s Revenge (American Repertory Theater), Mamma Mia, Footloose, Young Frankenstein (Maine State Music Theatre), Heathers (White Plains Performing Arts Center), In The Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Car Talk: The Musical (Central Square Theater).  Film: The Choice (Novel by Nicholas Sparks), One Mississippi (Amazon Pilot Series).  “Happy 50th, Tribe!!!!!”

Lauren Elder is an actress, singer-songwriter and whistler living in New York City. She has been seen on Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Louie (FX), Law & Order (NBC), in the Broadway and West End revivals of Hair, and the Broadway revival of Side Show. She is regularly seen performing in NYC at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, and other local venues. Lauren also writes original music blending the sweet sounds of the ukulele with influences of folk, jazz and pop to create her unique, whimsical sound. Her debut album will be released on January 25th, 2017. Learn more at www.laureneldermusic.com

Ellen Foley has recently returned to her Rock & Roll roots, touring the USA and Europe, performing original and classic material.  Ellen received several gold and platinum records and awards for her three solo albums, and has released a new album, About Time.  Ellen is best known as The Girl on the multi-platinum duet with Meat Loaf, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” in which she uttered the three immortal words: “Stop right there!”  She sang with Meat Loaf again on his new album. As an actor, she starred in the TV series “Night Court,” and as host of the VH-1 series, “Top 21 Countdown.”  She also played featured roles in the films “Hair,” “Tootsie,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Married to the Mob,” “Cocktail” – and two recent indie films, Lies I Told My Little Sister  and No Pay, Nudity.  Ellen also had leading roles on Broadway in Me and My GirlInto The Woods, and as Sheila in the 1977 revival of Hair.

Merle Frimark: The original Broadway production of HAIR at the Biltmore Theatre was her first major Broadway show as a fledgling publicist. The show and its creators had a profound influence on her life and future career. She began her career working for The Beatles United States company and today heads her own international marketing/public relations/artist representation company in New York. Her company’s diversified work encompasses theatre, music, dance, television, special events and independent and international projects. She has represented hundreds of Broadway, off-Broadway and touring productions including Riverdance, Rain-A Tribute to The Beatles, Celtic Woman, Chita Rivera-The Dancer’s Life, Jerry Seinfeld on Broadway/HBO Special, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables Five Guys Named Moe, Cirque du Soleil, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats, The Magic Show, Merlin, Godspell and others. Her diverse experience has included special projects for PBS (including the recent Great Performances Special Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ To Do); Dublin’s Abbey Theatre Centenary Celebration; The Interfaith Center of New York; The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute; LaMaMa ETC; The Dublin Theatre Festival; Gilda’s Club Worldwide; National Public Radio; The Grand Sumo Tournament at Madison Square Garden; American Ballet Theatre; Theatre Development Fund; WPLJ FM Radio; The Cathedral of St. John the Divine; Tribute to Stephen Sondheim; as well as various political campaigns and personalities including Chita Rivera, Grammy Award-winning Riverdance composer Bill Whelan, Sir Derek Jacobi, Supernanny Jo Frost, Angela Lansbury, André De Shields, Sir Ian McKellen, Glenda Jackson, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Michael Crawford, Mark Hamill, and more.

Annie Golden is presently wrapping Season Five as Norma Romano in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK opposite Dale Soules. Annie made her Broadway Debut as well as her big Screen debut by playing The role of Jeannie in the first revival at the Biltmore Theatre while Shooting the Milos Forman Movie of HAIR in Central  Park! The rest is history…Or her story!

Walter Michael Harris comes from a theater family that landed on Ellen Stewart’s doorstep in 1963. She found them an apartment around the corner and straightaway all eight of them began to turn up in La MaMa shows. Walter’s first was Lanford Wilson’s “The Sandcastle” and a long list follows. In 1967, Tom O’Horgan cast him in the original Broadway company of “HAIR.” Visit caravantooz.com for his family’s story.

Antwayn Hopper credits include Broadway: Hair. Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar/X (Acting Company,NY), A Civil War Christmas(NYTW). NY: Yeast Nation (Fringe), Lesser Mercies(EPBB), Roller Derby (NYMF), RESPECT (NYS&F), Showboat (Carnegie Hall). Select Regional: Kilroy in Camino Real(Goodman), Elegba in Brothers Size (Old Globe), Benny in Rent (Syracuse),Robert E. LeeUnCivil War (ATF), Frederick in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (New Theatre), Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess (Cinn. Pops Orch.). TV/Film: The Knick, Blacklist, Royal Pains, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Bored to Death, Girl Most Likely, A Gifted Man. Readings/Workshops at Williamstown, Labyrinth, Dartmouth(NYTW), Rattlestick, Playwrights, Ars Nova, Soho Rep., NYTW, Roundabout, HBO, & EPBB. Training: Carnegie Mellon

Jason Jenn is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist, performer, writer, director, producer, video editor, creative consultant, and avowed protean-of-many-trades. He also goes by the moniker Troubadour Trixter to engage in creating provocative, uplifting, and imaginative performances for stage and video. In recent years he has toured in association with presenting staged interpretations of queer poetry by Harold Norse, James Broughton, Paul Monette, Jean Cocteau, and C.P. Cavafy. He trained and worked with performance theatre maverick Rachel Rosenthal for 7 years. He so enjoys his friendship with fellow theatrical cohort and acappella singer, Robert Patrick, that he produced Bob’s three most recent one-man shows and is working on a documentary film about Bob’s influence on/involvement in the current LA Underground Theatre scene.

Chris Kapp is an actress of over 50 yrs and has performed at many plays and theaters including Hot Peaches; Playhouse of the Ridiculous and so many more all over NYC and Europe. Directed a few too. Go Go Girl at bars around NJ and Murray the K. Model for 15 yrs. Assisstant to David Merrick among others. In the 60’s she hung out at Ondine and Arthur and other disco’s too. Met everybody: Beatles, Stones (danced with Mick) smoked dope with Jimi. “Never a groupie DAMMIT!” Most proud of creating The Coffeehouse Chronicles 2004 – 2013 for Ellen Stewart at La MaMa. Saw HAIR pre B’way and on. Thanks to Amanda at The Actor’s Fund.

Galt MacDermot is best known for the music he wrote for his Tony Award winning scores for HAIR and Two Gentlemen of Verona.  His work spans the gamut of performing arts and he draws inspiration from a wealth of musical styles, crossing the boundaries of jazz, folk, gospel, reggae, classical styles and hip hop. Galt formed the New Pulse Jazz Band in 1979, which features his original music played by some of the world’s best musicians. Galt’s music has appeared on TV, in ads, in movies, on radio, and has been sampled by some of today’s best known hip hop artists. Galt MacDermot IS music.

Rev. Marjorie Lipari (Mudra) considers herself a Mystical Philosopher, as an Interfaith Minister. She has created music and lyrics for well over forty + years as a singer song writer. She does spiritual counseling, healing work, ceremony and writes daily.

Michael McGrinder’s first production, a double-bill of one-act plays, was given life 50 years ago—possibly to the day, dates are uncertain, but it was in February 1967 at The Playwrights Workshop. He later began showing his work at the Old Reliable Theatre Tavern. His plays were also produced at such leading Off-Off venues as here at La Mama, Bastiano’s Cellar, The Playbox Studio, and at The Library Theatre of Lincoln Center—as well as high schools and colleges. And prisons. (He was not a resident.) In 2006 he led a Coffee House Chronicle with a panel from The Old Reliable. He published Proscenium, a newsletter which The Village Voice described as “Off-Off talking to itself.” He thinks it was a compliment.  He also hosted a weekly cable TV show of the same name presenting excerpts from Off-Off shows and interviews with the production’s writer, director and actors. Michael McGrinder’s plays have been published by The Smith, And/Or Books, Breakthrough Press and Dramatics Magazine, and in the anthology The Scene.. His concern for the preservation of vital plays from the early years of Off-Off-Broadway led to his founding The Old Reliable Press, online as oldreliableprss.com. The Press has to date published plays by Robert Patrick, William M. Hoffman, Guy Gauthier, Ilsa Gilbert, Stanley Nelson and Phoebe Wray. He has several projects in the works, including a memoir about his involvement with early Off-Off. He has a growing list of books available online at amazon.com and smashwords.com.

Natalie Mosco credits include Broadway: Hair (OBC), The Magic Show (“Charmin”), West End: Grand Hotel (“Grushinskaya” alternate), Paris: Hair (“Jeanie”, in French), Australia: TV/theatre leads including Antony & Cleopatra (“Cleopatra”), Grease (“Rizzo”), 2 Gentlemen of Verona (“Julia”), Dames at Sea (“Mona Kent”), Stepping Out (“Vera”), Women Behind Bars (“Blanche”), The Archbishop’s Ceiling (“Maya”), Rocky Horror Show (“Magenta”), etc. plus numerous TV series (guests star and regular roles). Regional US: numerous roles — favorites include Housewives of Mannheim (“Sophie”, NJ Rep and 59E59St and Santa Barbara’s Ensemble), Follies (“Emily”, at Paper Mill Playhouse), A Brush With Georgia O’Keeffe (“Georgia”/author for Smithsonian Institute, St. Luke’s and The WorkShop). Foundign member Shakespeare Globe Australia.  Current member The WorkShop Theater, NYC and sundry organizations in Australia.

Thayer Naples is dedicated to following this journey in music. For advanced studies, he continued to develop his education at Berklee College Of Music in Boston obtaining a degree in Performance Major with guitar of course as his principal instrument. His work experience has taken him around the world from the islands of Greece to St. Petersburg, Russia and more providing informative insights to different cultures, viewpoints and people.

Allan F. Nicholls is a BAFTA and WGA award nominated veteran of the movie industry having produced, directed, acted and written music for the past forty years. He is most noted for his collaborations with Robert Altman, Time Robbins, and John Madden. Often performing multiple roles for a film, his experiences include associate producer and assistant director on Oscar nominated Dead Man Walking (1995), assistant director on the Oscar nominated The Player (1992), executive producer and assistant director for the Palme d’Or nominated Cradle Will Rock (1999), and associate producer on the Golden Globe nominated Bob Roberts (1992). His television experience includes, amongst others, being an associate director on Saturday Night Live (1989-91) and first assistant director on Tanner on Tanner (2004). He wrote A Perfect Couple (1979) and the BAFTA nominated A Wedding (1978), both directed by Robert Altman. He has also taught screenwriting at such places as NYU’s Tisch Asia School of the Arts in Singapore and Artistic Director of New York Film Academy in the UAE. To Allan’s credit too is a five-year Broadway career in several rock musicals including Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also starred in such films as Nashville (1975), Slap Shot (1977), and Popeye (1980).

Jill O’Hara’s recently released CD, Jill O’Hara Alone Together, received rave reviews and was chosen by Talkin’ Broadway as one of the 10 best vocal albums of the year, receiving the highest ratings from Playbill.com and BroadwayWorld.com. Her debut CD, Jill O’Hara, was chosen by Backstage as one of the 10 best CDs of the year it was released and has been reissued. Broadway credits include: Promises, Promises, (Tony Nomination, Best Actress-Musical Star, Theater World Award Award); “Agnes Nolan” in George M! opposite Joel Grey. Off-Broadway credits include: Joseph Papp’s original production of Hair; Ibsen’s The Masterbuilder; Israel Horowitz’s Alfred The Great (The Actor’s Studio Theater); A.R. Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn. Her Onewoman musical theater piece Jill And Her Jacks, premiered in London at the King’s Head Theater to unanimous critical acclaim from London’s Theater critics. O’Hara received a Bistro Award and critical acclaim for her NYC cabaret and concert appearances which include Broadway Originals at Town Hall and the 92nd St. Y Tribute to Burt Bacharach, with Burt, Dionne Warwick and Elvis Costello. She has also done extensive work in leading roles in National Tours, Regional Theater and Summer Stock.

Natalie H. Rogers ,Actress, director, published author ,Psychotherapist  Poet with her husband Harold Herbstman was the  Artistic Director of the Dove theatre company,at Saint Peters Church in Chelsea.The Dove ,an Anti-War experimental  theatre company was the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council For the Arts. Recently Natalie performed her one woman show “Too Much Of A Good Thing “ for two years at the Shetler studios  from 0/12 to 0 14. Natalie is an MSW with a scholarship from Columbia University, a Behavioral Psychotherapist and a World Class expert in the area of performance anxiety .Her book “Talkpower the Mind Body Way to Speak Without Fear” has been published in14 languages ,most recently in Saudi Arabia (Jarir Books).She is the president and Founder of Talkpower  Training seminars,and conducts workshops that introduce her innovative mind /body  approach to people who have high anxiety  about speakng in  public or avoid speaking in public altogether .This includes actors with high levels of performance anxiety. She travels internationally  with her workshops, most recently 8 times in two years to China where she has collaborated with a Chinese entrepreneur to open several Talkpower schools.

Robert I. Rubinsky aka Robert I. somehow found himself at 19 in the original cast of “Hair” on Broadway and on the platinum selling album.   He toured with ‘Hair” ultimately playing the Holiday Inn in Africa.  After a dry spell he made his first comeback as Herod in “Jesus Christ Superstar”.  During the next dry spell he appeared in the 80’s cult musical “Dementos” he co-wrote with Marc Shaiman.  Time to reinvent again, so he became a performance artist culminating in his show ‘My Life In Bed” at LaMaMa – also at LaMaMa featured in Lisa Edelstien’s “Positive Me”.  Lots more dry spells NOW his most recent reinvention as “Bobby the middle aged celebrity” directed by Natalie Mosco from the Original Hair cast.  He recently was the Rabbi in “Fiddler” and in “Hair Retropection” multimedia concert at KC Rep – time to pump up that Actors Equity pension!

Dale Soules recently completed shooting the films Aardvark with Zachary Quinto and AWOL, an award-winning feature film which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.  Last Spring, she reprised her three roles, including Papa, in the all-female production of I Remember Mama at Two River Theater.  In 2015, she co-starred with Patti LuPone and Michael Urie in Shows for Days at Lincoln Center Theater and reunited with Doug Wright for their third collaboration on Posterity at the Atlantic Theater Company. Her Broadway credits include Hands On A Hard Body, Grey Gardens, The Crucible, The Magic Show,  Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Dude, and her debut in the ground breaking Hair.  Her Off-Broadway, Regional, National and International work is extensive including Posterity, The Water Engine and The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite  (Atlantic Theatre Company),  2014s award-winning production of I Remember Mama (all women over 65), Marsha Norman’s Getting Out,  Candide (Guthrie), All’s Well That Ends Well (Yale Rep.), Caucasian Chalk Circle, Landscape of the Body, and her one person show Chameleons (all Seattle Rep.), Maid (Directors Lab, Lincoln Center Festival).  Television work includes “Unforgettable,” “Law & Order,” “American Playhouse,” “Sesame Street,” Maurice Sendak’s “Really Rosie,” among others. Her awards include two SAG Awards for her ensemble work on the hit Netflix series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and the New Dramatists Charles Bowden Award for her dedication to new work and extraordinary contribution to theatre.

Jared Weiss is a Singer/Songwriter, actor, and performer born in Manhattan. Jared recently created the role of Bob Dylan in the Off-B’way premiere of Larry Mollin’s 60’s folk musical SEARCH: PAUL CLAYTON (The Triad), for which he also contributed original music. Other favorite credits include Roger in RENT (Sharon Playhouse), Things To Ruin (Le Poisson Rouge), Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza (54 Below), 54 Celebrates David Bowie (54 Below). Jared can frequently be seen singing and strumming all over town with composer Joe Iconis and his merry band of musical theatre punks; “Joe Iconis & Family.”

ABOUT COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES
Coffeehouse Chronicles  is a free educational performance series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village “Coffeehouse Theatres” of the 1960s through today. Part artist portrait, part creative event, part history lesson, part community forum, it is our mission to provide a home, as did our founder Ellen Stewart, for personal and intimate engagement with art. Since 2005 La MaMa has presented more than 123 Coffeehouse Chronicles featuring personal oral accounts from artists of the day as well as conversations with present day artists who continue to work in the same bold, daring manner. Coffeehouse Chronicles are held on one Saturday each month (September through June).

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