Curated by Michal Gamily Educational Outreach by Arthur Adair Photo by Diana Lundin
Join us at La MaMa for the 140th Coffeehouse Chronicles celebrating the work and career of Robert Patrick with panelists, archival footage, and live performances.
Moderator: William M. Hoffman
Panelists: Michael McGrinder, Natalie H. Rogers, Jordan Beswick, Carol Nelson, Mark Waren, and Jason Jenn
About the Artists
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.)
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.
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 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.
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).