The epic family epic

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The epic family epic
Additional title: The family of Hell
Sewell, Meg (Performer)
Brecker, Candace (Performer)
Boyer, Penny (Performer)
Moody, Bill (Performer)
Vaughan, David, 1924- (Narrator)
Coggins, Chuck (Performer)
Markland, Cathy (Performer)
Tufts, Gayle (Performer)
Daniels, Leslie Brett (Performer)
Addabbo, Carole (Performer)
Howes, Nina (Performer)
Shirts, Claude (Performer)
Setterfield, Valda (Performer)
Gordon, Ain (Author)
Gordon, Ain (Director)
Flowers, Roma (Lighting designer)
Video D Studios (Videographer)
Dance Theater Workshop (Producer)
Hands On (Organization) (Contributor)

Dance Theater Workshop Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1988
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2637
Dance Theater Workshop
Performance art
Sign language
Epic family epic (Choreographic work : Gordon, A)
Filmed performances
Content: Reel 1: approx. 40 min. Reel 2: approx. 47 min.
Creation/production credits: Written and directed by Ain Gordon. Lighting: Roma Flowers.
Performers: Cast (in order of appearance): David Vaughan (narrator), Cathy Markland (interpreter #1), Nina Howes (the eldest and deadest relative), Claude Shirts (interpreter #2), Candace Brecker and Meg Sewell (the split twins), Leslie Daniels (Cousin Estelle, Stella, Ella, etc.), Bill Moody (Aunt Blah, etc.), Chuck Coggins (Uncle [Cough], etc.), Gayle Tufts (Aunt Tess, Tessie, Essie, etc.), Carole Addabbo and Penny Boyer (the Siamese twins), Valda Setterfield (the split twins' mother).
Venue: Videotaped in performance by Video D Studios at the Bessie Schönberg Theater, New York, on Dec. 3, 1988. Presented by Dance Theater Workshop's Economy Tires Theater Winter Events 1988-1989.
Funding: This videorecording was preserved with support provided in part by Save America's Treasures through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (87 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
SUMMARY: Experimental theater work presented in American Sign Language and spoken English "as equal methods of communication within the theatrical framework." Created in collaboration with Hands On, a producer of performances for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12174925
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 87633c70-6f28-0131-3e04-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1988: Issued
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The epic family epic" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1988.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The epic family epic" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 24, 2023.

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The epic family epic