DIY Museum Thanks




The DIY Museum Gala has come and gone: it ripped, it ruled, and it totally shredded. We celebrated the life and future demise of the Runaways, and I (Gannon Reedy) drank to many fancy bourbon sours and lost my nice red blazer. But this Facebook post isn’t about my very nice red blazer that is missing, NO! This Facebook post is about giving recognition to the amazing people and organizations that made what was (to my knowledge) the word’s first Do-It-Yrself Museum.

The first and biggest thanks go to Frances McKearn, the Museum God. The look of the museum and the overall contextual functionality wouldn’t exist without the work of Frances. The majority of the exhibits were either built by her or being framed by something she built. The amount of detail in each of these cardboard masterpieces is really incredible – with her the thing really was a functional museum. Thank you, Frances, thank you a million times over.

Big thanks to Voice of the City for letting us use their space, for sponsoring the event, and in general being so easy and fun to work with. Check out the shows and classes they got going in the space – it’s a really killer spot!

Major thanks to the alcohol sponsors Four Roses Bourbon, Finch Beer Co and Mila One. Thanks to these guys we had a fully functioning bar with fancy beer, bourbon, and a whole variety of wine choices. For a company that operates mostly on a DIY level, that was a real luxury. And special shout out to Mila One for getting us extra cups, straws, and other necessary bar accouterments!

Thanks to Janice Lim for building a full-on talking robo head, to Anthony Cramer for the beautiful painting of Logan Breitbart as a facist dictator, and to Mikaila Von Merr for the severed hand. All of those ideas for exhibits I came up with that seemed too ambitious to actually achieve, so it was a real thrill to see them existing live the day of.

Thank you, DJ Ariel Zetina for providing righteous tunes through the evening. Nothing gives an event the sheen of authenticity than a DJ and nothing makes an event killer like a great DJ, so thank you for that, and thank you for keeping me boogyin’ all night long.

Thanks to Mike Davis for giving us two of his songs to use for the exhibit on The Psychic Internet.

All hail Erin Kathryn Morrill for presiding over the performances and thanks to the performers Casey Toney, David Seeber, Daniel Mozurkewich, Wyn Evans, Maximillian Correa, and Ross Childs. I laughed, I cried, I beheld robo-carnage with baited breath – it was real powerful stuff.

Thanks to the rest of the runaways on hand for working the door, acting as security, or being living statue robo dude answering questions for guests:Cheryl Cornacchione Nowlin, Nicholas Hassebrock, Sarah Patin, Olivia Lilley, and Nate Shane.

Finally thanks to all the folks who came out and made it such a fun evening. We hope ya dug it and that you keep coming out, because we got some gnarly cool events and shows happening this year!


Epilogue to The Doing Drugs And Dying In Space Ritual

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It’s been a few days after the last show, and I’m nursing the remnants of the sort of cold you get when you work very hard for six months, you finish your work, your body says “I guess I can take a break now,” and your immune system chills out long enough to get a nice little cold. It is a victorious cold, and I wouldn’t be celebrating this righteous cold right now right now without the hard work of the fifty-plus people who helped get The Doing Drugs And Dying In Space Ritual on its feet and rockin’.

Big thanks to Platinum and everyone working at Iridium Clothing Company. The space was so perfect for the show and they were always extremely accommodating to our requests and needs. Plus their store is really cool. You should go there and buy some clothes. If you’re cool, you’ll like it. Check it out:

Thanks also to our sponsors who provided donations for the raffle and the booze provided. Having outsider support really legitimizes a show and turns a weird little show into a REAL weird little show. Thanks to Saint Lucia’s Smoke Shop, Half Acre, Koval Distillery, Intelligencia Coffee, and Brooklyn Boulders.

Thanks to those who donated to us during our fundraising campaign. Couldn’t have done it without your kind contributions, so big thanks to Nicholas Zebrowski, Nikki DelZenero, Logan Breitbart, Olivia Lilley, Michael Reedy, John Enright, Martin Seay, and Wade Herter.

Thanks to Andrew Lehmkuhl who designed and set up the lights for a space. Huge thanks to the dude for working on a tiny budget in an unconventional theater space, and working on the fly, with minimal time, working to the actors’ and directors’ needs. We teched 12 shows in something like 10 or 11 hours and had a near flawless run-through, which was incredible.

Speaking of flawless tech, thanks to Erin Morill who ran an unconventional light board  (read: three extension cables with on/off switches) while working sound cues off a laptop at the same time, and still ran a perfect tech and four perfect shows. She was an ace problem solver and a powerful presence, which is an important feature for a good stage manager. The show wouldn’t have happened without her, she deserves enormous thanks.

Thanks to all the directors who put together pieces for The Ritual. The amount of work they put into their pieces showed, and I was honored to have all involved. Thank you Vivian Ellis, Maggie Vaughn, Jennifer Hogan, Logan Breitbart, Hannah Sawicki, Sarah Patin, Frances Colleen, Cheryl Nowlin, and JD Caudill.

Thanks to the massive cast for these combined shows. It was awesome (in the old testament sense) to work with so many talented actors. It means a lot that they’d take the time to get the parts down to make this one weekend really stellar. Thank you Bill Chill, Ben Ross, Arielle Von Hippel, Nelia Miller, Steven Garcia, Ryan Wright, Roy Rainey, Marisa Coccaro, Kristen Mann, Nate Earnest, Jordy Williams, Dan Mozurkewich, Nicolas Hassebrock, Grace Palmer, Alejandro They, Shawn Morgernlander, Ross Childs, Vincent Greco, Marshall D. Kious, Roberto Caez, Alex Barnett, David Weiner, Liz Conway, Michael O’Neill, Ally Subak, Maximillian Correa, Mel Forrest, Logan Breitbart, Melinda Reyes, Kelsey Shipley, and Mario Aivazian.

Thanks also to the voice over actors in Babylon Working: Erin Morill, Blair Britt, Andrew Coulford, Ben Kaye, Nathaniel Shane, Jacob Eugene Horn, Danielle Spence,  and Jason Amplo.

Thanks to the writers who donated their short plays to The Ritual. You can’t make a good show without a good script, so it was a dream to have so many pieces that took the subject matter, elevated it, and expanded it from their unique perspectives. Thank you Spenser Davis, Logan Dean, Josh Graber, Joe Goudreault, Kramer St John, John J Enright, Wyn Evans, Andrew Bentley, Francesca Pazniokas, Dan Desalva, Martin Seay, and Kathleen Rooney.

Thanks to Sarah Lo for choreographing “Distress,” and Marshall Smith (DJ FARSIGHT) for creating the underlying track from SCRATCH.

Major thanks to Janice Lim who built the set piece for “Babylon Working.” did you see that thing? It was insane! Thank you, Janice.

Thanks to all those who contributed posters. The visuals provided a wonderful context for the world each show existed in – I love them, and I love looking at them. Thanks to Meggie K, Jack Angelo, Vivian Ellis, Ryan Holton Reynolds, Mikaila Von Merre, Dominic Roselli, Patrick Joseph Rork, Jewells K Santos, Jake Pollock, and Chris Hutson.

Thanks to my mother, Barbara Reedy for going her out of her way to photograph the ruins of the D’Dyas Home Compound – it was a real thrill to get that email with those pictures. Thanks to Tom and the rest of the former acolytes for sharing wit home their stories of the D’Dyas Space Cult. Thanks to High Speaker Kramer St John for the instructions as to the structure of the ritual. I’m sorry I couldn’t make all requests transpire for this ritual – I guarantee they’ll make it in next time.

Thanks to Matthew Gregory Hollis for shooting Friday night and turning around pictures the next day. That was a huge help and it’s great to to have the show so beautifully documented.

Thanks to Alex Girsh for shooting the show on video Saturday. To get this thing fully recorded was so, so important, and it was great to have someone I knew I could trust to nail it sitting up front. I’m very excited put up the footage just as soon as we have it edited.

Thanks to production assistants Shelby Galney and Danielle Spence for taking on the odds n sods, doing the minutia that needed to get done to have a whole, good and complete piece. I’m sure sometimes the work at times felt small, but it was always a colossal help.

Thanks to Mike Davis who contributed the music that played during the preshow and intermission. It was great to have a bonafide synth nerd working out a ripping track to play under the histories of D’Dyas. It set the appropriate tone. You should all give it another listen. Here’s the track:

Thanks to Ian Benedetti for providing two of the songs used during Solar Sonata. I really love the guitar work for “Dying In Space.” And the piece wouldn’t have been as funny without “Ray No. 1.” Both tracks are included below:

Thanks to Olivia Lilley, who would give her two cents whenever I needed it. Her experience was truly valuable stuff, and we’re all looking forward to having her back in the city very soon.

Thanks to our company costume/makeup designer Mikaila for helping and always being on hand for costumes and make up. She was the one who provided me with some very essential costume pieces and was always quick to respond to all of my questions and concerns. I’m always thankful to have her good brain attached to the company. Here’s to the killer costume pieces we’ll put together for the coming season!

Finally, thanks to my co-producer and co-artistic director Maggie Vaughn. She could  see everything I wasn’t anticipating, was quick to respond when I needed help, and generally made the show a more complete organized affair. The show wouldn’t have happened without her help, plain and simple. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

From Maggie: “Thanks to Gannon because he really cared about the artistic quality of this piece and organized a kickass set/surely did not sleep a lot in order to see the whole thing through. HES A GOOD NUT.”

That’s it! Show’s over! We’ll see you for the season announcement party, date to be announced SOON!


(Credits roll. Fade to black.)

(Post credits: Fade in on Gannon blowing nose, closing laptop.)

GANNON: Great, that’s done forever-

(SAMULE L JACKSON enters frame)

GANNON: What- wha- what?????

SAMUEL L JACKSON: Oh, it’s not over yet. Oh no. It’s only just begun.

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