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Spectacle Pantomime

November 4, 2018
I'm a madcap chef cooking up a cosmic stew and the ingredients are magic and tribal anarchy.

By Rumi Missabu

December 31, 2017

Category: Theatre

As a working actor since the early 60s, I am probably the only one who can lay claim to appearing in everything from Disney's (Blackbeard's Ghost 1968) to soft-core porn (Elevator Girls in Bondage1971) including being an original member of the legendary Cockettes (1970 -1971). 

As of 2011 due to my exposure to international dance dancers and movement my passion has been producing, directing and narrating free short dance and theater productions in New York City.movement my passion has been producing, directing

In my efforts, which I now dub Spectacle Pantomimes,  I conjure the spirit of the Cockettes maintaining the magic of our old rag-tag acid-drenched gender-bending troupe of yore in so much as coming together as a tribe, forgoing the audition process and casting from astable of available actors from both coasts,  while keeping the event commerce free so as not to have the concern of selling or filling seats and with minimal rehearsal time, always allowing the performers the liberty to tap

into the depths of their wildest imagination while they develop their own character with little direction. Fundraising well in advance as today evenglitter has its price. 

 Much love-

Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett

Below is a short synopsis of my Spectacle Pantomimes to date.

THE WAR - 10.03.18 

Judson Memorial Church

based on the anti-war children's book THE WAR by Anais Vaugelade

Sebastion as Prince Fabien

 

TRANGERELLA - 10.04.17

Judson Memorial Church

based on the Brothers Grimm Cinderella with a twist.

Left to Right: Toots Taraval aka Teddy Kern as NARRATOR,Alejandro Herrera as THE SERVANT, Steven Menendez THE FATHER, Hayley Nystrom as CINDERELLA, Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett as THE MOTHER, Griffin Cloudwalker THE 4TH BIRD, Sally BonBon as THE 3RD BIRD, Alejandro Pagán as THE 1ST BIRD.

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THE WITCHES OF SALEM- 10.05.16

Judson Memorial Church

based onThe Witches of Salem: Diabolical doings in a Puritan village by Stacy Schiff as appeared in The New Yorker 09.07.15

Left to Right; Lee Mentley as WILLIAM GRIGGS, Hayley Nystrom as ELIZABETH HUBBARD,Agosto Machado as INCREASE MATHER, Alejandro Pagan as GEORGE CORWIN, Jessica Finn aka Roxanne Redmeat as ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett NARRATOR, Steven Menendez as GEORGE BURROUGHS, Hucklefaery as COTTON MATHER,James Campbell as WILLIAM STOUGHTON, Bruja as BETTY PARRIS, Sally BonBon as MARTHA COREY

photo: ioryallisonblog.com

photo: ioryallisonblog.com

THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII - 04.21.16

Bruno Walter Auditorium @ Lincoln Center

based on the 1834 novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton and inspired by the 1913 Italian silent film Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei

Fussy LoMein as CLAUDIUS, Sebastian Cheron as GLAUCUS, Hayley Nystrom as Nydia

photo: Robert Croonquist

THE WISDOM OF THE SANDS - 10.07.15

Judson Memorial Church

based on a collection of five learning stories from around the world

left to right; Gladiola Gladrags, John Stevens, Rayne Longstreet, Alejandro Pagan, Rumi Missabu, Sally BonBon, Fussy Lo Mein, Steven Menendez, Agosto Machado

photo: Robert Croonquist

THE QUESTIONING OF JOHN RYKENER - 04.11.15

LGBT Community Center

based on a confession of a cross-dressing male prostitute in 1395 UK

Sebastian Cheron as JOHN RYKENER

photo: Bureau of General Services - Queer Division

KEEPING THE TIGERS AWAY   - 10.01.14

Judson Memorial Church

based on a collection of six Sufi parables

Agosto Machado as THE DOCTOR, Gladiola Gladrags as THE VISITOR and Sebastian Cheron as the 1st INMATE.

photo: Ves Pitts

THE CRYSTAL BALL  - 10.16.11

CPR-Center for Performance Research

based on arare Grimm fairytale

Francois Chaignaud as THE KING'S DAUGHTER and Sebastian Cheron as THE 3rd SON

photo: Ves Pitts