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Two ways to order Caravan to Oz at The Drama Book Shop

Two ways to order Caravan to Oz at The Drama Book Shop

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There are now two ways to order Caravan to Oz at The Drama Book Shop. Visit the shop in New York City at 250 West 40th. The book is in the theater history section. Or visit their website to order it online at the following link: Caravan to Oz

 

 

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The Wherehouse

The Wherehouse

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Our friend Daniel Brown and his wife Michelle own The Wherehouse at 119 Liberty Street in Newburgh New York. Good food, Good Music and Great Company!!!  We are honored to be on their wall in the restaurant with our “Hibiscus and the Screaming Violets” poster designed by the legendary comic book artist Dave Simons.

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Peaches Christ – Drag Dossier #2: Hibiscus

Peaches Christ – Drag Dossier #2: Hibiscus

hibiscus vine leaves In 2012, actor, writer and pop culture enthusiast Michael Varrati wrote a nice piece about George Harris III aka HIbiscus on the blog of performer Peaches Christ. Michael writes regularly for her blog. In the piece, he describes HIbiscus’ role in founding the performance troupes The Cockettes and the Angels of Light

Drag Dossier #2: Hibiscus

Hibiscus, photo by Joshua Freiwald

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James Dean Gallery

James Dean Gallery

 

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Our friend David Loehr (pictured upper left from our book – Caravan to Oz: A family reinvents itself off off Broadway) was in the Angels of Light (East Coast) production “Gossamer Wings” at Theater for the New City in 1972.  It was a magical time on off off Broadway.

David Loehr and his partner Lenny Prussack own the James Dean Gallery in Fairmount, Indiana the birthplace of James Dean,  The James Dean Memorial Gallery was established in 1988 in the actor’s hometown and final resting place of Fairmount, Indiana. This extensive exhibit is the private collection of James Dean archivist David Loehr, who began collecting in 1974. The collection is housed in a beautifully restored 1890 Victorian home, located on tree-lined North Main Street in downtown Fairmount.

Click on the links below to read more about the James Dean Gallery and make some time to go visit this unique place.

James Dean Gallery

James Dean Gallery on Facebook

 

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Thank a Vet today

Thank a Vet today

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Thank a Vet today. Pictured is our Dad George Harris II a radio man during WW II. Click on the link below to read a moving tribute to Dad about him as Officer Mooney in “Superman I”, written by our brother Walter Michael Harris.

‘SUPERDAD’ – A Memory of Superman’s “Officer Mooney”

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What people are saying about Caravan to Oz – Timothy Bellavia

What people are saying about Caravan to Oz – Timothy Bellavia
bookcover2A must read for theater enthusiasts, academics and emerging performance artists!,August 29, 2014
By Timothy Bellavia
This review is from: Caravan to Oz: A family reinvents itself off-off-Broadway (Paperback)
Caravan to Oz is a chronicle of one of the most unique families of the off off Broadway stage and screen. The saga begins with Ann and George Harris, Sr. (Superman, 1978), where life and art converged in a small D.I.Y. garage theater in Florida. Just like the old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney films Anne and George Sr. took themselves and their six “babes in arms” to acclaim to stages throughout New York City and Europe. The cast of this family memoir ranges from La Mama’s Ellen Stewart to Oscar winning actor / director Tim Robbins.
The candid pictures and narrations from the Harris siblings is a “how to survive guide” for any hopeful thespian or artist in this new depression era. The memoir answers every question, challenge, and tells it like it is … behind every TV, IMDB film credit or theater credit there is the day job or in the case of The Screaming Violets: Jayne, Eloise, and Mary Lou – a night job at the coat check at Studio 54.
Besides the nail-biting, high risk-taking for the sake of art making there is tragedy ranging from losing Hibiscus to HIV/ AIDS causes (the renowned performance artist and founder of the psychedelic theater troupe The Cockettes) to 9/11 and its effect on the Harris family and their own survival and need for further reinvention.
Caravan to Oz shares the highs and the “do or die” of the artist’s way (… and then some). What is refreshing is that book is full of living and not replete with backstabbing or name dropping of most memoirs. The names that are dropped however throughout the picture packed pages just happen to have graced the lives of Anne, George, Sr. Hibiscus, Walter-Michael, Frederic, Jayne, Eloise, and Mary Lou Harris. A must read for theater enthusiasts, academics or emerging D.I.Y. performers.
Timothy Bellavia is an Educator, Author,  and Owner/Founder at “We Are All The Same Inside”.
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Caravan To Oz on Social Media

Caravan To Oz on Social Media

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Response to our memoir, “Caravan to Oz,” has been great so far – lots of activity on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, three great reviews on Amazon and two newspaper features. 

Because we believe our story offers value for anyone struggling to balance life and career, we hope to reach people beyond our personal circles.  You can help by clicking on the links below and sharing these links with your friends on social media. Thanks!

Caravan to Oz on Facebook

Caravan to Oz on Pinterest

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50th Anniversary of The Harris Family coming to NYC and off off Broadway

50th Anniversary of The Harris Family coming to NYC and off off Broadway

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George Harris II scouted out New York City in 1963 and found an apartment (no easy feat with six kids!) with the assistance of Ellen Stewart founder of off off Broadway’s La Mama ETC. The apartment was at 319 East 9th Street in the East Village and La Mama had the basement space. George Harris II and Jayne Anne Harris followed in August of 1964 and November 1 1964 is the day the rest of the Harris family arrived in New York City. Read more in the book “Caravan To Oz” . #caravantooz Available on Amazon:

Amazon – Caravan to Oz

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Upon Our Westward Way: Myron Coloney, Josephine Artemisia Coloney, and an American Adventure

Upon Our Westward Way: Myron Coloney, Josephine Artemisia Coloney, and an American Adventure

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Written by our cousin Susan Dale Rose, “Upon Our Westward Way” follows two lives Myron Coloney and his wife Josephine Artemisia Coloney at pivotal time in American history. Our family has a rich heritage of artists, authors, poets, inventors, musicians, actors and scientists in it’s past. Susan Dale Rose has woven a compelling tale based on letters and other memorabilia found in family trunks that survived a fire and Hurricane Katrina. The book puts you right in that era and gives you a first hand perspective of the time, A must for history buffs. To learn more click on the links below.

Upon Our Westward Way

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Flower Power blooms 47 years ago as George Harris III answers guns with peaceful flowers

Flower Power blooms 47 years ago as George Harris III answers guns with peaceful flowers

Photo: Bernie Boston/RIT Archive Collections. Rochester Institute of Technology

Flower_Power002a_docOn October 21, 1967 – Bernie Boston’s photo of the brave, peace-loving teenager in a turtleneck sweater putting flowers into the gun barrels of military police went far beyond being a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize. This iconic moment became the origin of “Flower Power,” the most popular anti-war catchphrase of the 1960s. Mr. Boston told Alice Ashe of Curio magazine in 2005, “I saw the troops march down into the sea of people, and I was ready for it. One soldier lost his rifle. Another lost his helmet. The rest had their guns pointed out into the crowd, when all of a sudden a young hippie stepped out in front of the action with a bunch of flowers in his left hand. With his right hand he began placing the flowers into the barrels of the soldiers’ guns. ‘He came out of nowhere,’ says Boston, ‘and it took me years to find out who he was . . . his name was Harris.'”

“Harris” was George Harris III, at 18 years of age, whose life’s work was an example of Flower Power and free expression. George went on to rename himself “Hibiscus” and created powerful new forms of theater and political expression around the world. He passed away from AIDS in 1982 at the age of 32. His life story is recounted in ‘Caravan to Oz: a family reinvents itself off-off-Broadway,’ a memoir written by his family. www.caravantooz.com

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