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The Mysteries and What's So Funny?
April, 1996
Studio B, Fine Arts Building, Binghamton University, Harpur College, State University of New York; Binghamton, New York, United States
"One of the principal characters in 'The Mysteries and What's So Funny?' is the enigmatic visual artist Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp is considered by many to be one of the most influential innovators of the twentieth century. His admirers credit him with singlehandedly changing the course of art (challenging the notion of what art is) during his lifetime, When he arrived in Paris in 1902, he quickly mastered the contemporary styles of Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism which dominated the day, and shortly thereafter gained fame in America at the Armory Show with his notorious painting 'Nude Descending the Staircase' ... Duchamp claimed to have no regrets; however, regrets and attendant anxieties torture most of the rest of us. We search for and demand answers to the questions: Why? Why me? Why not me? etc. The characters ask them for us in this play. Duchamp, in response, would simply say Why do you worry about this at all? Just breathe and have serious fun." --- Jennifer Nyman
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Adam C. Scally; Chris Storjohann; Diane Susan Weinberger; Michael Ritter; Joanie Mazelis; Ryan Bell; Zakiyyah Abdul-Rahiim; Kimberly S. Beer; Amy Schneider; Michael J. Cavanaugh; Andrew W. Bennett; Kathleen Brown; Jeanne Gargan; Gary Albin; Victoria Leigh Dashiti; Eilleen Eisnburg; Jill Levin; Melanie Preston; Craig Schneider; Sarah Wilson; David Bracket; Stephen Chiro; Joy Krishnamoorthy; Rob Ross; Victoria Rutkowski
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Shannon H. Lee; Scott Selmeski; Jim Fowler; John Vestal; Donald W. Guido; Don DeMauro; Chris Focht; Craig Saeger; Adam Scally; Michael Cavanaugh; Adrienne Sobel; Beren Ornstein; Renee Walluk; Students of Theatre 544; Jennifer Nyman
Special thanks to Professor Emeritus Ken Lindsay, Christine Lindsay, Marcia Poore, Elaine Kelly, DC Players, Paul Venet, Amy Durant, Stan Giza, LuAnn Natyshak, Diana Webb, The Spring Crew of the Costume Shop, Barbara Wolfe, Arlene and Martin Seelye, and Beverly and David Selmeski. Matching grants for Theatre Scholarships are provided by Grady Whittenburg.
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