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#thethingswedoforourkids

by on Oct.25, 2014, under The Sixth Boro

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The thinking man’s Thing 1.

 

 

 

 

 

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The full effect. My better half and  I are but bookends to the main attraction. Costumes (besides the wigs) are entirely homemade by said better half.

 

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Supernatural Skeptics Don’t Know What They’re Missing

by on Oct.31, 2013, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

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These ghosts are primed and ready to provide a ghoulish Halloween.

These ghosts are primed and ready to provide a ghoulish Halloween.

On Faith

Supernatural Skeptics Don’t Know What They’re Missing
by Jeffrey Stanley

I try contacting the spirit world before live audiences to keep an element of hope simmering on the back burner of my mind.

I like Ouija boards. I’ve used them since I was a teenager.  More recently I’ve messed around with electric spirit boxes, also known as Frank’s boxes after their inventor Frank Sumption.  They’re radio receivers which allow you to listen to and record voices of the dead, also known as EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) or Raudive voices, after one of their early discoverers.  Over the past two years I have frequently used Ouija boards and spirit boxes in my performance art, attempting to conjure up the dead as my co-stars before a live audience.  At one of the universities where I teach playwriting and screenwriting part-time I am also the faculty adviser for a student-led paranormal investigation club.  Friends and fans assume I am a true believer but the truth is that I am not.  I am a healthy skeptic.  And that’s depressing for me because it means that on some level I feel certain there’s nothing out there. I try contacting the spirit world before live audiences to keep an element of hope simmering on the back burner of my mind. (continue reading…)

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Boneyards Final Shows This Weekend

by on Oct.30, 2013, under Shaheb Cafe, The Press, The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

Come wake the dead.  BONEYARDS returns for 2 final shows this Saturday and Sunday 11/2 and 11/3 in Philadelphia.  Times and tickets.

Meanwhile please enjoy my latest article in today’s Washington Post about my theatrical experiments in contacting the dead as performance art over the past two years.  Thank you for your support and patronage, and Happy Halloween.

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On Faith
Supernatural Skeptics Don’t Know What They’re Missing
by Jeffrey Stanley

I try contacting the spirit world before live audiences to keep an element of hope simmering on the back burner of my mind.

I like Ouija boards. I’ve used them since I was a teenager.  More recently I’ve messed around with electric spirit boxes, also known as Frank’s boxes after their inventor Frank Sumption.  They’re radio receivers which allow you to listen to and record voices of the dead, also known as EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) or Raudive voices, after one of their early discoverers.  Over the past two years I have frequently used Ouija boards and spirit boxes in my performance art, attempting to conjure up the dead as my co-stars before a live audience.  At one of the universities where I teach playwriting and screenwriting part-time I am also the faculty adviser for a student-led paranormal investigation club.  Friends and fans assume I am a true believer but the truth is that I am not.  I am a healthy skeptic.  And that’s depressing for me because it means that on some level I feel certain there’s nothing out there. I try contacting the spirit world before live audiences to keep an element of hope simmering on the back burner of my mind. CONT’D>>

And also out today from Drexel University a story about the PIG of which I’m the proud faculty adviser…

drexelnow_overDrexel Paranormal Investigators Haunted by the Unknown
by Alissa Falcone
…It doesn’t hurt that the group’s faculty adviser also has an interest with the undead: By day, Jeffrey Stanley teaches classes in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Screenwriting and Playwriting Department, but at night he transforms into undead residents of cemeteries from all over the world during “Boneyards,” his performance that imagines supernatural comic monologues.CONT’D at drexel.edu>>

 

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THE TALKING DEADS in Philly

by on Oct.13, 2013, under Shaheb Cafe, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Boneyards Reopens 10/17/13

Press Contact: info@shiva3.com

10/14/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia, PA –A real seance with real ghosts.  But we don’t need to tell you that, you’ve already seen it.  There are lots of Halloween events being promoted right now, especially of the big budget “haunted” house/prison/hayride/forest/valley variety with a cast of dozens of monsters/zombies/vampires/murder victims and we love those and patronize them as much as the next guy and gal every year, but why not consider something different for you or your friends eager to freak themselves out while also being profoundly moved on a spooky October night?

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Jeffrey Stanley performs death ballads “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones, “Louis Collins” by Mississippi John Hurt and his own original “American Sadhu” in BONEYARDS.

Transcripts and videos from previous shows are online for you and your colleagues’ perusal. We recommend you start here .  You might also want to check out the first EVP recording made in the 118-year-old synagogue that is the show’s location when New York City playwright and Drexel University Performing Arts faculty Jeffrey Stanley held the world’s first ghost auditions.  Stanley, who often writes about religion for the Washington Post, will be discussing seance as performance art in that publication later this month.

Performance dates are 10/17, 10/20, 11/2 and 11/3.  Thanks for your consideration and for supporting independent theatre in Philly.

Thine,
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Boneyards is Back for 4: 10/17, 10/20, 11/2, 11/3

by on Oct.07, 2013, under Shaheb Cafe, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Later this month Jeffrey Stanley discusses seance as performance art in the Washington Post. Stay tuned.


Press Contact:
info@shiva3.com

10/7/13 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia, PA – The ongoing seance-as-theatre experiment continues.  After a successful run in the 2013 Philly Fringe BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld just in time for Halloween. Same autobiographical, spooky show, same mouldering location, same real ghosts. 4 dates: 10/17, 10/20, 11/2 and 11/3. Tickets $10, seating is limited to 20.

The hilarious, eloquent and haunting follow-up to Stanley’s 2011 hit “Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead,” this true to life romp resurrects the cadaverous–from Philly’s Laurel Hill Cemetery to a British colonial graveyard in India to ancient Greek tomb worshippers. Paranormal activity guaranteed.

Times, tickets, photos, press, playbill, and real voices from the dead here.

About Your Destination
Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and beyond crowded South Philadelphia in the 1880s.  They pushed south from the original “Jewish Quarter” near South Street, opening Jewish schools, hospitals and some 140 synagogues along the way. Hard to believe today, eh?  In 1909 (continue reading…)

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BONEYARDS: Unfringed

by on Sep.30, 2013, under Shaheb Cafe, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

 

BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld just in time for Halloween.  Shiva3 is proud to announce the return of Jeffrey Stanley’s solo show BONEYARDS which was a hit in the 2013 Philly Fringe. The 80-minute show will again be performed in the dark, dank coal cellar of the century-old storefront Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras-Israel Synagogue, also known as “the little shul” (part of the June 2013 Hidden City Festival) at 2015 South 4th Street in South Philly near Snyder Avenue for 4 performancesStanley’s solo show is a followup to his 2011 Fringe hit BEAUTIFUL ZION: A BOOK OF THE DEAD. Stanley is also a dramatic writing faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. He is a religion blogger for the Washington Post.

 

About the Show
A funeral for the living. A coming-of-age embalming. A suicidal decapitation by coal train. A cross-dressing hillbilly named Doodlebug. This metatheatrical, taphophilic, true-to-life monologue resurrects and converses with the cadaverous– (continue reading…)

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The Cache Too Scary for Geocaching.com

by on Oct.31, 2007, under NYC

You can log your find at terracaching.com and navicache.com where it’s listed as The Ghoul-Haunted Woodland of Weir.  Enjoy.
  

Yikes  

Starting GPS Coordinates:
N40 47.635
W73 57.515

The Ghoul-Haunted Woodland of Weir
Paths, math, hills, lovesick forest muggles
Halloween puzzle cache in Central Park, New York City 
  

Original Contents:
Vampire blood
Spooky tattoos
Pirate eye patch
The Best of Poe comic book
EEK! Spiders!
The Spirit of Geocaching Geocoin (registered at geocaching.com and now working its way south) – This miniature Ouija board & planchette geocoin was a birthday gift from Pia to Jeff. We asked a real Ouija board where its little buddy here would like to travel, with the plan that after it gets there we’ll take a vacation to that country and retrieve it. A spirit named R-U-T-H enthusiastically told us it should go to L-A-K-E  C-H-A-P-A-L-A, M-E-X-I-C-O (no joke) in the state of J-A-L-I-S-C-O near Guadalajara. Swear to God. We’d never heard of this lake, never would have occurred to us in a million years but we immediately reached for the world atlas, found it, it sounds great. Ruth told us she used to live there and that we’ll love it. She even “talked” on the Ouija board in Spanish sometimes. We checked on geocaching.com and see that there are indeed two caches there, Blockhouse and El Arbol Grande, so either of those caches is this coin’s final destination. As soon as it arrives there we’re Jalisco bound. Thanks, Ruth (whoever, whatever and wherever you are).
 

Description:
The skies they were ashen and sober;
    The leaves they were crisped and sere–
    The leaves they were withering and sere;
It was night in the lonesome October
    Of my most immemorial year;
    It was hard by the dim lake of Auber,
    In the misty mid region of Weir-
It was down by the dank tarn of Auber,
    In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.  

A sign of the end.

Now that the proper mood has been set you may begin. Once at the starting point on the edge of Central Park’s North Woods, your journey to the dark side begins by facing the compass direction of the freezing waters where Shelley’s monster met his demise.   Now start with the Number of a Man and subtract the number of lines in Ulalume, the number of people present at the Last Supper, the number of Salemites hanged, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper’s place on the list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and the two-digit year of Orenthal’s murder acquittal.  

Now project a waypoint that many degrees, and the number of feet equal to the date of the Medusa sculpture at Korkyra. Forget straight lines.  Tread carefully through the ghoul-haunted woodland.   Beware false turns and remember that only vampires cannot cross running water (not so lovesick zombies so be stealthy and  remember that the trees have eyes, especially in warm weather). You will soon arrive at Satan’s Table, an ideal spot for a human sacrifice (or lunch).  

The path to your final destination.

From here, face the Land of Nod. Project a waypoint using the two-digit year of the theft of Charlie Chaplin’s coffin for degrees, and the year of St. Moses the Black’s martyrdom for feet. This will lead you to Beelzebub’s Boulder.  

Tread 3 grave lengths to your spooky reward.

Happy Halloween,
JeffandPia
10/31/07

    

Beelzebub's Boulder.

  

 

View from Beelzebub's Boulder.

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[images via The Exorcist and Jeff & Pia]

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