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A Troupe of Strolling Players Are We

December 6, 2012

I remember seeing Kiss Me Kate on Broadway when I was a kid and becoming absolutely fascinated with the concept of the traveling show. It was brilliant. Travel and perform. What could be better than that? Lucky for me, I got to experience performing in a traveling show with some of my closest friends in my theatre company.

In 2008 I co-founded Co-Op Theatre East with two colleagues from the Performance Studies MA Program at Tisch School of the Arts. COTE’s mission is to create theatre for social change. Over the years we have produced full seasons of new work, adaptations, workshops and readings, all with social justice and political themes. We believe that theatre and art should challenge the status-quo. Last year we began creating interactive murder mystery performances at dinner parties and social events. We found that it was a great way to directly engage people who do not necessarily attend theatre. As part of our mission, we are constantly looking for new ways to bring people to theatre and bring theatre to the people.

In November, the Woodmen of the World Lodge in NY sponsored the creation of a new murder mystery performance called “Gone to the Dog” which we toured to three sites in northern New York near the Canadian border and in Vermont with six actors. The photos below follow our three day adventure driving throughout the state of New York and Vermont performing “Gone to the Dog”.

On the road since 8:00 am. Actor Tyrus Holden waits in line to use the restroom at a pit stop in central New York.

Laura Hill, Anna Savant and Ashley Marinaccio unpack costumes in the dressing room before the first performance at Enosburg Opera House in Vermont.

Casey Cleverly and Anna Savant run lines in the dressing room at Enosburg Opera House a few minutes before the start of the show.

Ready for bed!  Crashing in the Plattsburgh, NY hotel room after a long day of driving, rehearsal and performance.

Actor Tyrus Holden orders breakfast in Champlain, NY.

COTE Co-Founder and director Robert A.K. Gonyo finds a stash of free books at breakfast in Champlain, NY.

The rehearsal cycle never quite ends for an actor. Laura Iris Hill studies lines for an upcoming role during a car ride from Plattsburgh to Champlain.

Hotel mirror self-portrait. The temperature never quite went over 40 degrees in the North Country.

Robert Gonyo looking dramatic in the hotel hallway minutes before final performance.

Local celebrities in the local paper.

Coffee will get us through this long ride.

Actor Anna Savant grabs her suitcases and closes the door as she says goodbye to the long weekend.

Ashley Signature

4 Comments leave one →
  1. The College Theatre Dork permalink
    December 6, 2012 10:13 am

    PLATTSBURGH, NY?! Welcome to my home, the North Country!

  2. The Growing Artist permalink
    December 12, 2012 4:31 pm

    I love this post. The pictures are awesome! I’m not sure why, but for some reason they make me think of vaudeville. Very cool!


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