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Video Work: Documentation of "Persia, A Desert Cheapie" (1972)

Description: This video documents the 1972 La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club production of "Persia, A Desert Cheapie." The play was written by Bernard Roth and John Vaccaro, directed by John Vaccaro, and performed by the Playhouse of the Ridiculous (a resident La MaMa company). Music for the production was written by Ralph Czitrom and Tom Murrin and performed by the group Darkages. A “New York Magazine” listing from May 1972 describes the production as being “environmental theater, with audience involvement (as if they were extras in the making of a movie of the Arabian Nights)”. This video was originally shot using a Portapak camera, and camera originals are spread across two separate half-inch open reels (numbered B20 and B21 in La MaMa's collection).

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Recording date: April 1972, May 1972
Language: English
Identifier: OBJ.1972.0074
Measurements: ()
LCSH Names Authority: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club
Murrin, Tom
Machado, Agosto
LCSH Subjects: Off Off-Broadway theater
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Gay theater
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