"Chelsea Girl" is a "24-hour" theater production based on the life of our beloved Ida Rudolph, a lifelong resident of Chelsea. If you know Ida at all (if you've seen a show at the Chelsea Theatre Works, perhaps you've met her working behind the bar), you know she has a treasure trove of stories -- from the tragic to the hilarious. Over the course of September 28-29, a group of 30 actors, musicians, and visual artists were challenged to turn those tales into a dramatic piece.
On Friday, September 28, the artists met at the theater at 6:30 to begin their interview with Ida. After collecting Ida's reminiscences, they split into six teams. At 8:00 on Friday each team began their 24-hour challenge to turn a different one of Ida's stories into a short theater piece.
Artists: Alain Groene, Alison Meirowitz, Anika Bachhuber, Ann Carpenter, Atissa Banuazizi, Becca A. Lewis, Brian McCarthy, Caleb Hammond, David Reiffel, David Stern, Ecos Garcia, Eliza Ley, Gail Gilmore, Henry Balzarini, Ian Schaff, Jeffrey Gitelle, Jenny Gutbezahl, Jessica Grant, Lisa Caron Driscoll, Maria Schaedler, Matt Kossack, Mauro Canepa, Mike Budwey, Paul S. Benford-Bruce, Rene Phister, Rick Carpenter, Rob Rota, Stephanie Steinbach, Thomas Benton, Tim Hoover, Tony Dangerfield, Tracy Campbell
Rhino Head fashion show
We also challenged a group of 14 visual artists to create new works from the rhinoceros masks designed by artist Emily Getchell for our summer '06 production of Rhinoceros. The artists worked under the theme "Surreal '07."
The Rhino Heads were on display in our Gallery, and available in a silent auction. During intermission, audience members saw the Rhino Heads modeled in a fashion show, and voted to select the Apollinaire Prize winners (first prize $500, 2nd prize $300, 3rd prize $200).
The Apollinaire Prize was sponsored by Chelsea Bank.
Artists: Barbara Poole, Bo Petran, Bonnie Woods, Charlotte Kaplan, Chris Woodman, EJay Khan, Elizabeth Hathaway, Laura Rollins, Leigh Hall, Maryellen Cahill, Richard Dorf, Silvia Lopez-Chavez, TT Baum, Shawn Paul Filtranti
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