Dead End Dummy by Dick D. Zigun
Dead End Dummy, written by Dick D. Zigun and directed by Trav S.D. explores the uniquely American art form of Vaudeville, following Max Morinsky, an aging ventriloquist, who, upon the death of vaudeville, sets out to kill Thomas Edison.
Dead End Dummy sees vaudeville through the eyes of the avant-garde, and reveals the power of a live audience and the importance of the relationship between a performer and the audience. It also demonstrates the extraordinary tradition of technique and the obsession necessary for the artist to master a specific performance. The work itself temporarily revives vaudeville, enlivening ventriloquism and melodrama as it follows Max on his descent into madness.
The cast features Scott Baker as Max; Poor Baby Bree as Sara; Douglas Mackrell as Edison; Becca Bernard as Beethoven; Rhiannon Schaeffer as Shadow 1; and Arianna Geneson as Shadow 2. Production and technical crew: Sarah Lahue, production stage manager; Kate Dale, prop and set design; Marie Roberts, scenic painter.
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