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!
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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:
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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
WInd Child Farm
Photo: Bernie Boston/RIT Archive Collections. Rochester Institute of Technology
On 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
Our sympathy to James Blandford and family. We met and befriended James at our off Broadway show “Sky High” back in 10979. Blenheim Palace #caravantooz
The Duke of Marlborough, Savior of Blenheim Palace has died at 88 – Vanity Fair
Award winning author, artist Magie Dominic with her copy of Caravan To Oz. Click on the links below to see Magie’s recent discussion about the Caffe Cino – then click on her blog link to read about her new book, Street Angel.
The Caffe Cino: Lanford Wilson, Bette Midler and Everyone in Between
Hibiscus, aka George Harris III, made a scrapbook/script for every show. He would collect things from thrift stores, book stores, music stores and jewels TONS of jewels!!! This one was on exhibition out west in 2011 and is now a book by curators Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner. Click the scrapbook link to see the pages and click on the book link to purchase the book.
West of Center: Art and the Counterculture in America, 1965 – 1977
Penny Arcade – Queen of the Underground
will be at Joe’s Pub
Penny Arcade’s Longing Lasts Longer
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
October 19, 20, November 2, 3, 9,10
Ticket Price: $20.00
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Penny Arcade – Longing Lasts Longer
One of the off off Broadway theaters we grew up and performed in has a great Halloween party every year. If you haven’t experienced Theater for the New City on Halloween, it is worth the trip!!!! Click on the link for more information.
Theater for the New City Village Halloween Costume Ball
Mary Lou Harris and original Cockette, Rumi Missabu, resplendent from head to toe wearing Machine Dazzle Flower at Judson Memorial Church for Keeping the Tigers Away & The Blue Hour. Dedicated to the memory of Mario Montez, Marsha P. Johnson and Hibiscus aka George Harris III. Mary Lou brought along the Harris family memoir, Caravan to Oz: a family reinvents itself off-off-Broadway. Judson Poets Theater was one of our Off Off Broadway homes.
Judson Arts Wednesdays
Judson Memorial Church – 2014