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Step right up, for the greatest show along the Midway!
As noted theatre historian Cezar Del Valle returns... yet again
to Coney Island USA
On a frigid Saturday afternoon, in 2015, theatre historian Cezar Del Valle spoke before a full house at Coney Island USA. He returns this summer with a new collection of stories and images.
From its beginnings as a wealthy seaside resort, to its reign as a "nickel empire", the vaudeville houses, concert saloons, and early film shows of Coney Island helped to shape American culture.
The Island served as a training ground for a generation of entertainers, where Bud Abbott worked the maze, the Marx Brothers and Al Jolson played Henderson's and the six-year-old Buster Keaton brought out the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Even Cary Grant acclimated to American culture with a short stint as a Steeple Chase stilt walker.
"To theater historian Cezar Del Valle, fortunately every corner of Coney Island conjures up a story with an all-star cast."-Gregory Haley, AIA, AICP
Cezar Del Valle is the author of "The Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III Coney Island Including Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach".
He has also appeared in an experimental Dutch short filmed at Coney Island by a former mermaid.
Bio: An artist and freelance writer, Cezar Del Valle has also been actively involved in the theatre for almost forty years and has written numerous articles on theatre history. His artwork has been exhibited at galleries, museums and art centers throughout the United States. It is part of the permanent collection of the Tampa Museum, the Kinsey Institute, and others.
Del Valle’s involvement with the theatre has been largely behind the scenes. He has been a concert promoter, an American agent for British musicians, worked in public relations, and managed numerous movie houses in their final years of operation.
Since 1997, he has presented a popular series of theatre talks and walking tours including "Coney Island-Brooklyn's Sodom by the Sea" for Local Expeditions.
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