Show Program Archives

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Want to look up a specific show, volunteer, actor, or kid from our history? On this page you will find almost every program from every show we’ve ever done. Each of these pdf’s is fully searchable in Acrobat. You should know that the quality of the scans from the first 10 to 15 years can be a bit spotty and that a couple of programs from the very earliest shows were lost. The programs from the late 90’s to the present, however, are complete and of excellent quality.

Be aware that some of these downloads are fairly large. Have fun!

1982-1990

DOWNLOAD THIS 8-YEAR COLLECTION OF PROJECT PROGRAMS (10.5 MB)

1991-1995

DOWNLOAD THIS 5-YEAR COLLECTION OF PROJECT PROGRAMS (19.2 MB)

1996-2000

DOWNLOAD THIS 5-YEAR COLLECTION OF PROJECT PROGRAMS (11.3 MB)

2001-2005

DOWNLOAD THIS 5-YEAR COLLECTION OF PROJECT PROGRAMS (8.2 MB)

2006-2010

DOWNLOAD THIS 5-YEAR COLLECTION OF PROJECT PROGRAMS (8.4 MB)

2011-2015

DOWNLOAD THIS 5-YEAR COLLECTION OF PROJECT PROGRAMS (11.6 MB)

2016-2017

DOWNLOAD THE LAST TWO YEARS OF PROJECT PROGRAMS (9.5 MB)

THE WHOLE MAGILLA

DOWNLOAD THE FULL COLLECTION OF PROJECT PROGRAMS FROM 1982 through 2017. THIS IS A BIG FILE! (75 MB)

Need a more recent program? Contact George at the Clubhouse, babiak@52project.org, and he’ll e-mail you whatever you need.

The PROJcast

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We’re taking our programming to the world.

Welcome to The 52nd Street Project’s podcast – The PROJcast!

A production of The 52nd Street Project, a non-profit arts education organization working with the children (ages 9 – 18) in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan. The Project brings kids together with adult artists to create original work for the theater. The PROJcast offers a behind-the-scenes view of the work of the Project as the kids create and explore theater as well as other art forms, such as song, dance, poetry, film, radio and more. Long term-mentoring relationships form the basis of much of the Project’s work, and these episodes will feature reporting, stories, performances and interviews with kids and adults.

EPISODES:

10. Flights of Fancy, Published November 15, 2018

Coleman, at age 10

GUMMY ENGLAND recording with Billy Crudup, Ben Mehl, Patrick Barnes, & John Sheehy. Photo credit (and voice of narrator): George Babiak.

Billy Crudup & Ben Mehl in GUMMY ENGLAND by Coleman. Original production photo: Winston Rodney

John Sheehy, Billy Crudup, & Ben Mehl in GUMMY ENGLAND by Coleman. Original production photo: Winston Rodney

Hannah introducing her song SPACE at our Gala, May 2018. Original event photo: Winston Rodney

Korey Jackson & Gizell Jimenez perform SPACE at our Gala, May 2018. Original event photo: Winston Rodney

“Now, I think that 10 year olds are small and weird … but if I’m 18, and I hear this … I’ll probably think I’m small and weird.” – Coleman, age 14

A radio play version of GUMMY ENGLAND, an interview with its author Coleman, and a performance of a Songmaking song, SPACE, from our May 2018, gala.

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The Members: Coleman, & Hannah

The Adults: Billy Crudup, Ben Mehl (web: benmehl.com), Patrick Barnes, Alanya Bridge, Korey Jackson, Gizel Jimenez, Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com, Instagram: @aviamon), Doug Derryberry, & Chris Schultz

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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09. Secrets of Hell’s Kitchen, Published November 1, 2018

Smart Partners Joanna & Nicole pre-interview March 2018.

Joanna & Nicole prepared for Halloween 2018.

Ryan introducing his song JUMP OFF, at the Project gala, May 2018

Jin Ha, performing JUMP OFF at the gala 2018, backed by Avi Amon, Doug Derryberry, & Chris Schultz

Ryan & Jin taking a bow at A BUNCH OF BANANAS, our gala 2018

“I really love Hell’s Kitchen. I feel like, if I really HAD to change something … I don’t even know. I don’t think I would change anything.” – Nicole, age 13

A Smart Partner interview about life in Hell’s Kitchen, and a song about conquering your fears on a zipline.

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The Members: Nicole, Ryan

The Adults: Joanna Parson (web: joannaparson.com, Twitter: @jtparson), Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com, Instagram: @aviamon), Bryan Blaskie, Doug Derryberry, Jin Ha (Instagram: @ mistterjin), Chris Schultz.

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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08. Thank You for Clicking & Being Brave Enough, Published October 17, 2018

The Playback show that inspired Kaitlin’s story THE NOT SO EVIL VAMPIRE, l to r: Kaitlin & Angela Lewis

Recording session for Daniel’s long story, l to r: Grace Fojtik, Joanna Parson, & Daniel

“Her screams echoed the woods…” – Kaitlin, age 18

Two creepy, crawly stories from our Radiomaking program, featuring a not-so-evil vampire and a not-so-ordinary girl in the town of Plainsfield…listen…if you dare…

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The Members: Kaitlin, Daniel

The Adults: Annabelle Cousins (web: annabellecousins.com), Michael Propster (web: michaelpropster.com. Instagram & Twitter: @michaelpropster), Grace Fojtik (web: gracefojtik.com, Instagram: @gracefojtik), Joanna Parson (web: joannaparson.com, Twitter: @jtparson), Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com, Instagram: @aviamon)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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07. Sister, Sister, Published October 1, 2018

Sisters Tatiana & Thiana

Krystel Lucas & Tatiana recording their Smart Partner interview

Smart Partners Eliza & Thiana

I would love to have a lot of siblings, but I can’t even deal with my own sister.” – Thiana, age 10

It’s a family affair! Sisters Tatianna & Thiana chat with their Smart Partners about family, travel, and being a member of The 52nd Street Project. Plus, a totally real and actual commercial for a completely imaginary movie.

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The Members: Tatianna, Sevan, and Thiana

The Adults: Krystel Lucas (web: flordelizperez.com), Sean Kenealy (web: aviamon.com; Instagram: @aviamon), and Eliza Huberth

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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06. Real Stories from Real People, Published September 15, 2018

Jasmine working with Flor de Liz Perez, during Radiomaking 2018

Jasmine & her dad at her Sweet Sixteen party.

“He went from a gangster to a hamster.” – Jasmine, age 18

Project alum and current staff member Jasmine interviews her dad about his experience as a young man in prison. Listener discretion is advised.

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The Alum: Jasmine

The Adults: Flor de Liz Perez (web: flordelizperez.com), Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com; Instagram: @aviamon), and Jasmine’s dad.The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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05. Back to School, Published September 1, 2018

“I was just wondering: for what reason do you send me to school?” – Ricardo, age 16

Grab your backpacks, we’re going back to school! A Smart Partner conversation about going to college, and two short original pieces about high school.

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The Kids: Kaitlin, Ricardo, Jasmine

The Adults: Eliza Baldi, Rafe Terrizzi (Instagram: @randywaif), Ben Moss (Instagram & Twitter: @benkmoss), Flor de Liz Perez (web: flordelizperez.com), Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com; Instagram: @aviamon)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #5 – April Fooling, Published April 1, 2018

 

“And it’s kinda really fun cuz writing your own plays…actually kinda feeling like you’re in a Broadway show.” – Kassandra, age 9

A mini-episode featuring some of our newest members, plus a song about a magical doll.

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The Kids:Kassandra, Christian, Nikolai, Ricardo

The Adults: Wes Braver (composer; Web: wesbraver.com; Social: @wesbraver), Andy Danh (vocalist; Web: andydanh.com, Social: @en_dedans), Doug Derryberry (guitar), Jon Epcar (percussion; Web: jonepcar.org), Kimberly Grigsby (music director/keyboards), Backing vocals: Emily Afton & Trey Ellett.

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #4 – Veggies, Published March 15 ,2018

“I honestly thought that it was meat, but then flashback to reality – we were trying vegetables.” – Bryanna, age 12

In the second part of her food adventure, Bryanna tries vegetables.

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The Kids: Aaron, Bryanna, Kassandra

The Adults: Alexandra O’Daly (www.alexandraodaly.com)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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04. Mmmmmm! (Food), Published March 1 ,2018

Preparing to record the radio version of THE POORPHANAGE: FOOD FIGHT, for inclusion on the PROJcast (l. to r.: John Sheehy, Garrett Kim, Kareem Lucas, & David Shih – behind music stand. Photo credit Kareem Lucas).

“It tastes crumby. Not like bad crummy, like food crumby.” – Bryanna, age 12

A picky eater tries new foods with her Smart Partner. Plus, a Playmaking play featuring a food fight, and a song about a very hungry tree.

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The Kids: Ayman, Tatianna, Bryanna, Emmanuel, Sabrina

The Adults: Krystal Lucas, Alexandra O’Daly (www.alexandraodaly.com), David Shih (www.davidshih.net), Kareem Lucas (www.kareemmlucas.com, Instagram:@KareemMLucas), Taylor Trensch, Danny Ursetti

Music for this episode by Avi Amon (www.aviamon.com, Instagram: @aviamon)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #3 – Britney & January – February 15, 2018

“Any little thing that you say makes me laugh…and I don’t find that many people funny.” – Britney, age 18

Smart Partners Britney & Flor chat about roller coasters, dancing, and Britney’s departure for college.

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The Kids: Britney

The Adults: Flor de Liz Perez (www.flordelizperez.com)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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03. It Takes Two (Smart Partners) – February 1, 2018

“I think I asked her like, almost, probably, every day…like when could I get a Smart Partner.” – Chayse, age 17

Let’s take a closer look at Smart Partner mentorships at The Project!

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The Kids: Chayse, Britney, Sevan, Lovely, Valeria

The Adults: Korey Jackson, Flor De Liz Perez (www.flordellizperez.com), Sean Kenealy, Therese Barbato (www.thatswhatshesaidpod.com), Mikhaela Mahoney

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #2 – More Stories! – January 16, 2018

“It’s 3:42, June 16th, in the front of Dunkin’ Donuts…” – Jayleen, age 12

Three more stories told by Project members in our Storytelling program.

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The Kids: Rodery, Jayleen, Natasha

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March, and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

 

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02. Lemme Tell Ya (Storytelling) – January 2, 2018

“For me, the hardest part was picking one of my many fabulous stories.” – Jayla, age 14

A collection of short, personal stories told by Project members in our Storytelling program.

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The Kids: Jayla, Beyonce, Milen, Thiana, Nicole, Brandon

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March, and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #1 – Lakshmi & January – December 13, 2017

“In the beginning, I was like, oh my god, what is my play gonna be about?” – Lakshmi, age 13

“When we go on the trips and get to spend time with everyone, and they take away your phone, that’s the best part…I totally forgot I had a phone.” – Lakshmi, age 13

We hear more from Smart Partners Lakshmi & January about their experience with Playmaking.

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The Kids: Lakshmi

The Adults: January Lavoy (Twitter: @justjanuary)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March, and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson.

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01. The Write Stuff (Playmaking) – December 1, 2017

41 mins. Released on Dec. 1, 2017 – “I remember writing the play and how agonizing it was.” – Emmanuel, age 13

Kids and adults take a look at The 52nd Street Project’s signature program: Playmaking!

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The Kids: Karen, Emmanuel, Gianna, Jayden, Nyla, Amari, Ethan, Lakshmi, Rosneyri

The Adults: Tim J. Lord (timjlord.wordpress.com; Twitter: @TimJLord), Frankie J. Alvarez, January Lavoy (Twitter: @justjanuary), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Twitter & Instagram: @celiekb), Rachel Dean (Twitter: @rachelmakesmusic)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March, and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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00. Welcome To Our Show! – November 17, 2017

4 mins. Released Nov. 17, 2017 – The 52nd Street Project is creating a new monthly podcast (with bonus episodes in between) called The PROJcast.

You’ll hear all kinds of content. Stories, interviews, songs, poems, radio journalism, commercial spoofs, and more. All of it by and about the kids and adults participating in the Project. This teaser is a sampling of what you’ll find on our show.

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The Project on Marc Maron’s Podcast

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Hey there,

So, Marc Maron’s amazing podcast WTF (which understandably has some explicit language on it, so please be aware) this week features his interview with Edie Falco. If you’re not aware of this podcast, he does long form interviews with people (mostly comedians, but also musicians and actors, and on one especially memorable episode, President Obama), about their background, their influences and their careers. It is not surprising then that the discussion with Edie Falco should eventually touch on her involvement with The 52nd Street Project. It’s an all around good episode, and of course we’re especially proud to be discussed in this very nice way. The part about the Project starts around an hour and ten minutes in, or so. There’s also a lovely follow-up comment from Marc during his wrap up at the very end. Check it out:

CLICK HERE to listen!

 

Edie Falco hosting our gala in 2016.

 

Out on the digital newsstand: the 2017 issue of Fivey Magazine!

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Each year, our kids and their adult Smart Partners create articles, reviews, stories, comics, and photographs for the Project’s annual kids’ magazine.

Download issue #19 now! Click here: FIVEY!

Gus Gives a TEDx Talk

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Recently, we were invited to participate in a TEDx series about the Broadway and Off-Broadway community. We were happy to bring our perspective to the conversation and Gus gave his talk about the value of kid generated art. In order to illustrate his point, he brought along a performance of one of Ricardo Currin’s songs, The Dancing Ice Ballerina, which debuted at our Songmaking concert last fall, and was reprised again at our gala on May 8. The music is by Wes Braver, and it is performed by music director Avi Amon, and singer Andy Danh.

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Intern Opportunities

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If you are interested in an internship, please read all of the below information very carefully before contacting us. Thanks.

The 52nd Street Project accepts three to eight Interns each year. These interns assist in all aspects of theater production, classes and administration, as well as participating in the education programming. These positions are extremely hands-on. The interns will work closely with the staff, with children in classes and rehearsals, as well as with a number of professional actors, directors, and stage managers from the New York Theater community.

All intern positions offer an opportunity to:

  • Learn about non-profit theater and help out backstage with professional productions of children’s plays;
  • Experience first-hand the day to day activities of a successful and established non-profit arts organization;
  • Work closely with middle and high-school age students from the NYC public school system;
  • Learn about after-school education and the administration of a mentoring program;
  • Accompany kids on field trips to Broadway and off-Broadway theater productions and other educational trips in New York;
  • Join a fun and creative community of working actors, directors, and designers in New York City.

Intern candidates should have: good organizational skills; some office experience; interest and experience working with youth; basic word processing and computer skills; a desire to hang out with kids.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Associate Artistic Director in playwriting and acting workshops by assisting young people in the classes;
  • Assisting the Director of Design & Production in all areas of production;
  • Assisting the Executive Director, the Education Director, and the Development Director with administrative duties such as mailings, fundraising, marketing, and general office tasks;
  • Assisting the Director of Institutional Advancement with social media postings;
  • Assisting the Education Director with administration and working directly with children in our after-school homework help program;
  • Participating on weekend and week-long retreats to the country where the artists and young people collaborate – duties on these retreats range from running lines with actors to chopping onions for dinner to “kid wrangling” at the beach or at the bowling alley, etc.;
  • Interns may have the chance to work on productions as technical assistants, backstage crewmembers, or actors in small supporting roles. However, Interns do not direct, write, or perform main roles in our shows.

The Small Print:

School year and summer positions are available. Internships usually run in typical college semester blocks (September through December, January through May, June through August), though dates are somewhat flexible. We accept applications on a rolling basis until internship slots are filled; please contact us if you have questions about the timing of your application. Our selection process includes review of application materials, reference checks, and interviews (phone interviews may be arranged but in-person is much preferred).

All internships require a minimum of 20 hours per week time commitment (in addition to weekend and evening hours during productions) and are unpaid. We are happy to consider interns from places other than New York City who are willing and able to conquer the logistical details of getting here and staying here. We are unfortunately not equipped to help our interns with any of the difficult aspects of moving to New York. Interns are required to find their own housing (which in New York is no small feat), and be able to support themselves during their stay. These details must be arranged, or clearly in the process of being arranged, before we accept any intern.

How To Apply

If you are interested in an internship, please send a cover letter answering the following questions:

  1. How did you find out about the internship?
  2. Why are you interested in The 52nd Street Project?
  3. What unique set of experiences, talents, and passions would you bring to an internship at the Project?
  4. How would you benefit from an internship with us in view of your short and long term educational and professional goals?

Include with this letter a current resumé, and the names and phone numbers of three references (or letters of reference if you prefer). At least one should be work-related; if possible, include one reference who has seen you work with youth.  Please email your cover letter and resumé to Yazzy Wilder, Office Manager, at ywilder@52project.org.

Finally:

This is a really good deal! Because we are a small organization, the opportunity to see first-hand how a non-profit operates is exceptional. The kids are great, the staff is fun and amicable, and the position offers excellent exposure to a large number of artists in the New York Theater community.

The 52nd Street Project
789 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone:(212) 333-5252
Fax: (212) 333-5598
Contact: Yazzy Wilder, Office Manager
ywilder@52project.org

If you are interested in an internship in FALL of 2018, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references.

Hurray for HARU

The 52nd Street Project is pleased and proud to announce that we have been selected to be the Community Partner to HARU Hell’s Kitchen, the newest branch of the restaurant and sushi bar, which has just opened on the southwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 56th Street. So we’re happy to encourage the Project community to check them out, and we have a vested interest in a particular day soon! To kick off this partnership, HARU will donate 50% of sales to the Project from FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 – that’s all day from 11:30 am – midnight. So come on by for lunch, a post-work hang-out, pre-show dinner, or dining all night — you can even order delivery! You get delicious sushi while also supporting the Project’s arts education and mentoring programs. Win-win. Click the image below to get more information about HARU Hell’s Kitchen.

A Tribute to Kevin Geer

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The 52nd Street Project mourns the loss of Kevin Geer. He was a great friend of ours, a tireless volunteer, and an off-the-charts Playmaking actor. Over the course of 18 years, he played, among other things: a female contestant (in a blonde rubber wig) on a game show hosted by a giraffe (Oliver Platt); a child who was also a Mexican wrestler carrying a speaking puppet of himself, lost in the woods with a deer (Edie Falco); and in two boxing plays, he was in the first a boxer in love with a dancer (Nancy Giles), in the second play, straight out of Playhouse 90, he played a washed-up trainer working with a young boxer (Armando Riesco). All of them were, as you might guess, unforgettable- wildly funny, deeply felt and fully realized. Needless to say, we will miss him very much. If we had a Hall of Fame, he’d be in on the first ballot.

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