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WHO, WHAT, WHEN


EARLY SKETCHIES? Who are these actors, what skit are they in, and what’s the occasion? Tell us your answers at 518-580-5747, srosenbe@skidmore.edu, or Scope c/o Skidmore College. We’ll report answers, and run a new quiz, in the upcoming Scope magazine.


FROM LAST TIME


Lawn theater? Nancy Reid ’68 recognizes the Bread and Pup- pet Theater troupe, which was headquartered in Glover, Vt. She says it “did a lot of anti-Vietnam War theater around 1969–73,” so that’s her guess as to the timing of its Skidmore visit. She adds, “I lived in Newark, Vt., near Glover, from 2000 to 2010 and was a frequent visitor to the Bread and Puppet Museum barn of all their puppets from the past. It is worth a trip.” Reid also says, “A lot of volunteers still show up to work on puppets and performances.” Karin Welsh ’76 says, “Great picture!” and has her own ideas about its vintage: “If I remember right, Skidmore had a fresh- man orientation focused around the Bread and Puppet Theater in the 1980s or ’90s. I remember thinking it was a great concept.” Welsh says, “We see them at rallies in Washington, D.C., and a few years ago at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, N.Y.” It’s Bread and Puppet, agrees Ellen


Dreyer Wolff ’90, and “this has to be 1987. I was a theater major and re- member rehearsing with them” (al-


though it was her husband who first saw her in the photo). But Sydney Frey ’93 dates it to 1989, “the orientation of my fresh- man year (I’m the blonde girl in the center). The show was ‘The Open Boat,’ about Brazilian rubber tapper Chico Mendez and how he led a strike against corporate greed and environ- mental destruction.” (Indeed notes on the photo say it was 1989, and the show was “The Same Boat: The Passion of Chico Mendes”). Frey takes a stab at some IDs, too: “That may be Phil Ristaino, second from the left, wearing glasses, and I believe the girl to my left is named Xenia.” She only wishes the photo included “the gigantic skeleton (on a horse, I believe) with a scythe, which required a ridiculous number of puppeteers to manipu- late!” She adds, “We all learned songs and memorized some lines, and the whole thing was wonder- fully interactive. It was a great way for us newcomers to get to know each other, and it helped me get over my new-kid jitters enough to audition for the theater department a few days later.” —SR


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