Wild in the Woods '06! pix1, pix2, pix3, pix4
Ed Atkeson: Federico Garcia-Lorca's The Girl Who Watered the Basil and the Inquisitive Prince. With help from Pierre Joris, GG Roberts, Paul Jossman, G.C. Haymes, and Naomi Kriss. Music by Ryder Cooley
Greg is the stage manager/chorus for the little play. The shoemaker, Pierre Joris, kicks off the action.
Linda Ryder: (partial shot) Danto says... (mylar film and photocopy)
G.C. Haymes: Lapping at the Shore of the Quiet Land (vinyl, enamel)
Annette Nanes: The Encapsulated Man (bottlecaps on cardboard)
Doris Wiese: Photographic Bird Mobiles
Eugene Mirabelli: Various stories including Harry Barlow
Harry Barlow (1968 1998)
Harry Barlow was one of those rare arborists who was also a pyromaniac. He was both a lover of trees and a firebug responsible for the incineration of 15,000 acres of Berkshire woodlands. As a poor boy he was entranced each Christmas by the town’s great spruce tree, its branches dazzling with hundreds of small electric lights, and he tried to duplicate the effect by setting fire to the bushes around the family trailer. Orphaned by the blaze, he was sent to a state facility with a highly structured curriculum from which he was released at age 18. He enrolled in Hudson Valley Community College, graduated with a certificate in arbor studies, worked hard, saved his money and proposed to his girlfriend by spraying kerosene over the small maple in front of her home and setting fire to it. When she came to the window he cried out, “Marry me!” As she said later, “I should have called the fire department, but I was so in love I let it burn to the ground.” Over the next few years Harry became a well-known figure in this rural community, famous for his Yuletide displays. Each Christmas he would erect twelve large gasoline-soaked spruce trees in front of his cabin, igniting a fresh one each night with the last one blazing up on Christmas Eve. The townspeople recall that the display of December 24 in 1998 was especially beautiful, despite the unexpectedly fierce wind and subsequent conflagration.