Moon Man figure designed by Louise Schintz-Nelson (reproduced with artist's permission); constructed by Dan Walcyzk.
A Christmas Carol or A Child's Christmas in Wales were practically annual traditions at Theater of the Seventh Sister over the past two decades. Here's hoping for an encore of one or the other productions in 2013.
"That is a tragedy that the Stahr building is closing," Camilla Schade wrote to me. Camilla was the creator as part of an ensemble of the Comedy Works, which grew out of The Independent Eye. Late night improvisational comedy (try finding that downtown anymore!) followed mainstage productions at 208 E. King St. When the three moon men figures descended (see photo, left) that was the cue for late night comedy to begin.
The ensemble grew into Co-Motion Comedy Company and took over the building from Independent Eye around 1990, when the Eye moved to California. Later CoMoComCo moved to the 3rd floor of 15 N. Prince St., and staged productions there, as well as in the 4th floor Studio Theater in the Fulton Opera House across the street.
See photo below for more of Comedy Works 1986 ensemble players: clockwise from center front are Camilla Schade, Louis Ziegler, Amy Louise Lammert (married name now?), organist Don Kinnier, Terri Mastrobuono, Steve Spiese, singer Judy Kinnier and Steve Schwilk. Other players were also in the group.
Hard to believe it's been 25 years since Mathias Rust landed his plane in Moscow's Red Square and told the astonished crowd that he was on a peace mission from Germany -- the other Germany.
That heroic and epic flight helped empower then-president Mikhail Gorbachev to push for reforms.
Both men risked their lives to bring about positive change in the world. Read the BBC News retrospective here.