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
The Caffe Cino Project