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THE

CAFFE CINO

PROJECT

In 1958, a gay-owned and operated coffeehouse known as the CAFFE CINO opened in New York's Greenwich Village and slowly began staging works by budding young playwrights. This cafe-turned-theatre initiated the rise of the 1960s Off-Off-Broadway movement. Using detailed forensic design techniques, we reconstructed the Cino coffeehouse (to scale) inside Knox College's Studio Theatre, and then performed the following four productions that were originally produced at the Caffe in the '60s:

THE CAFFE CINO PROJECT

A series of four original Cino plays performed in a recreated Caffe

directed by JEFF GRACE

Knox College | STUDIO THEATRE

Oct. 29 - Nov. 7, 2014

THE BED - by Robert Heide

An existential consideration of boredom, inaction, and existence in the relationship of two homosexual lovers as they struggle to get out of bed.

A FUNNY WALK HOME - by Jeff Weiss

A mother and father learn the consequences of enforced therapy as they welcome home the son they committed to an institution as a young boy.

WHO KILLED MY BALD SISTER SOPHIE? - by Tom Eyen

Two sisters reveal the truth behind their sibling rivalry as lies and confessions unfold in the surreal atmosphere of memory.

DADDY VIOLET - by George Birimisa

Actors contemplate their identity through improvised exercises that invoke horrific images of the Vietnam War.

 

*Information about my research on the CAFFE CINO can be found here

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

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IN THE PRESS

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Theatre Department Mainstage Recreates the Caffe Cino

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by Tom Grizzle | October 29, 2014

TKS | Caffe Cino brings Greenwich Village to Knox

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Flickr | October 30, 2014

Flickr Stream | Knox Theatre: The Caffe Cino Project

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