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Finally. Relief for my sweat itch-induced intertrigo.

by on Aug.14, 2014, under On the Road

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“Relieves sweat itch due to intertrigo.”

When it comes to humidity-induced itching, a monsoon country like India don’t mess around when it comes to quick, potent, no-nonsense remedies.

I'm not even gonna ask about "dhobi itch."

I ain’t even gonna ask about “dhobi itch.”

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Boneyards Final Shows This Weekend

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

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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 The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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Boneyards Reopens 10/17/13

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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 The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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


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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 The Sixth Borough, Theatre

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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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My Way or the Yahweh

by on Jul.23, 2013, under On the Road, The Press, The Sixth Borough, The Truth Is In Here

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On Faith

A Jewish-Hindu connection

Jeffrey Stanley, 7/23/13

Talk about a crazy commute. After a spiritual encounter, a stranger and I spent the next 90 minutes discussing the nature of the universe.

Not so long ago after nearly 25 years as a hidebound New Yorker I moved to Philadelphia for my wife Pia’s career needs, inadvertently becoming part of a popular regional migration known to urban statisticians as the 6th borough phenomenon. She’s Indian-American and we’re raising our child in a bilingual home. I’m a writer and professor. She’s a scientist by day and an Indian classical dance professional by night. Religiously we are at best agnostic but culturally we are Hindus, and will identify ourselves as such when pressed, like on the hospital intake form the first time we took our baby in for a routine doctor’s visit.

This identification sits well with me. Despite growing up Nazarene in the Bible Belt I had long ago developed an affinity for Hindu philosophy—ever since I’d come across a used copy of the Bhagavad Gita at a flea market in high school and realized how similar it was to the New Testament. I still remember the perplexed look on my Sunday school teacher’s face the morning I brought the Gita to church. I had marked the sections that reminded me of Christ’s words in the Sermon on the Mount with an orange highlighter and asked him why Hindus were all going to Hell and we Christians weren’t. Suffice it say I quit going to church not long after that. Christianity just wasn’t speaking to me. When I met my wife-to-be years later while canoeing in Brooklyn’s fetid Gowanus Canal I fell in easily with her cultural worldview. We were a match made in moksha.

Imagine my surprise when, on a recent Friday afternoon while returning to Philly on a crowded New Jersey Transit train out of Manhattan’s Penn Station I came face to face with the power of YHWH.  (continue reading…)

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Four Pairs of Sandals as an Act of Faith

by on May.15, 2013, under On the Road, The Press, The Truth Is In Here

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May15, 2013

On Faith

Four Pairs of Sandals as an Act of Faith

Walking a mile in another man’s shoes leads to kismet.

by Jeffrey Stanley

Three years ago I got married to my wife Bidisha in a traditional Bengali ceremony in Kolkata and spent three weeks touring the country. I bought a pair of sandals there which I wore throughout my trip and back home here in the States. This December my wife, our young son and I went back to India for a month to visit relatives. I brought my well-worn “India sandals” with me.  A week into the visit they broke irreparably and I tossed them. The location of their demise seemed appropriate — from India they had come and to India they would return. The next day while we were out sightseeing we stumbled upon a tiny shoe store, one of a zillion in Kolkata, where I found the perfect pair of replacement sandals. They were simple but unique enough that they suited me as a souvenir.

Nakhoda Masjid. Kolkata, West Bengal, India. January, 2013.

A few days later I struck out on my own to visit Nakhoda Masjid, the largest mosque in Kolkata, built in 1926. A billboard told me with no intended irony that this was Road Safety Week in India. Still the taxis, auto-rickshaws and pedestrians were up to their usual danse macabre.

After a requisite insane cab ride and a short walk down a crowded, narrow street full of screaming sidewalk merchants selling Muslim prayer rugs and other Islam-themed souvenirs I found the mosque. It was sparsely populated at that late morning hour. The (continue reading…)

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Yiga Choeling Buddhist Monastery

by on Feb.23, 2013, under On the Road

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[10/31/13 - Supernatural Skeptics Don't Know What They're Missing.  "I try contacting the spirit world before live audiences to keep an element of hope simmering on the back burner of my mind." - read Jeffrey Stanley's latest in the Washington Post]

 

Built in 1850.  Also called Ghum or Ghoom Monastery in the town of Ghum just outside of Darjeeling in northern India.   Dig the wrathful deities.  Photos taken January 2013.

Cheepu
Cheepu
That's Cheepu guarding the gate. Cheepu eats snakes and is one of the Tibetan Buddhist "wrathful deities."
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Ghum Monastery
Ghum Monastery
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Giant prayer wheel about 8 feet tall.
Giant prayer wheel about 8 feet tall.
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Another giant prayer wheel about 8 feet tall.
Another giant prayer wheel about 8 feet tall.
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Maitraya Buddha (the Coming Buddha) in the main temple.
Maitraya Buddha (the Coming Buddha) in the main temple.
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Awesome wallpaper, eh?
Awesome wallpaper, eh?
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Maitraya Buddha up close.
Maitraya Buddha up close.
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Amazing.
Amazing.
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Tibetan "wrathful deity" Mahakala; the Buddhist version of Hindu god Shiva.
Tibetan "wrathful deity" Mahakala; the Buddhist version of Hindu god Shiva.
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Green Tara, a female version of the Buddha.
Green Tara, a female version of the Buddha.
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Cheepu eating snakes again.
Cheepu eating snakes again.
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Another of the Tibetan wrathful deities.
Another of the Tibetan wrathful deities.
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Yet another of the wrathful deities.
Yet another of the wrathful deities.
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IMG_1027.JPG
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Prayer wheels.
Prayer wheels.
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Mahakala again.
Mahakala again.
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That's no painting. That's Mount Kachenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world after nearby Mt. Everest and K2 in the same range.
That's no painting. That's Mount Kachenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world after nearby Mt. Everest and K2 in the same range.
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The Absolutely Breathtaking Nakhoda Masjid

by on Feb.20, 2013, under On the Road

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[10/31/13 - Supernatural Skeptics Don't Know What They're Missing.  "I try contacting the spirit world before live audiences to keep an element of hope simmering on the back burner of my mind." - read Jeffrey Stanley's latest in the Washington Post]

These photos were taken mid-morning between prayers so the place was nearly empty. January, 2013. Please also enjoy my related 5/15/13 Washington Post article about my otherworldly encounter with Allah just after I took these photos,Four Pairs of Sandals as an Act of Faith”.

"Nakhoka Masjid" sign in Arabic outside main entrance.
"Nakhoka Masjid" sign in Arabic outside main entrance.
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Prayer clocks
Prayer clocks
Muslim prayer times. Right to left it's the Fajar (dawn prayer), Zohar (midday prayer) Asar (afternoon prayer), Magrib (sunset prayer) and Esha (nighttime prayer). The last one, Juma, is the Friday prayer.
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Inlaid marble floors
Inlaid marble floors
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1st floor courtyard and covered reflecting pools
1st floor courtyard and covered reflecting pools
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2nd floor
2nd floor
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View from the 4th floor of Rabindra Sarani Street that runs alongside the mosque.
View from the 4th floor of Rabindra Sarani Street that runs alongside the mosque.
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A distant worshipper on the 3rd floor
A distant worshipper on the 3rd floor
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3rd floor; dig the ornate lattice work.
3rd floor; dig the ornate lattice work.
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Stained glass
Stained glass
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4th floor
4th floor
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Covered reflecting pools in 1st floor courtyard
Covered reflecting pools in 1st floor courtyard
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Main entrance on Zakaria Street
Main entrance on Zakaria Street
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Mosque kitty
Mosque kitty
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Time to Free Tibet

by on Feb.18, 2013, under On the Road, Politics

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[10/31/13 - Supernatural Skeptics Don't Know What They're Missing.  "I try contacting the spirit world before live audiences to keep an element of hope simmering on the back burner of my mind." - read Jeffrey Stanley's latest in the Washington Post]

Enjoy these 16 images I took last month at the Tibetan Refugee  Self-Help Centre in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India in the foothills of the Himalayas just over the mountain from Tibet.  And if you support the idea that it’s time for China to get out of Tibet and leave the people and their natural resources alone then feel free to share the images with others.

Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center Orphanage
Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center Orphanage
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Welfare Center for Tibetan Children
Welfare Center for Tibetan Children
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"Welfare Centre for Tibetan Children, donated by National Christian Council, Aug. 1963
"Welfare Centre for Tibetan Children, donated by National Christian Council, Aug. 1963
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Refugee Centre Store
Refugee Centre Store
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Workshop where some of the handicrafts are made that are sold in the store.
Workshop where some of the handicrafts are made that are sold in the store.
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Your purchase will help the people of this centre; our products are not sold outside shop.
Your purchase will help the people of this centre; our products are not sold outside shop.
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This site of 3.8060 acres is the gift of The American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees, September 1964. Save Tibet.
This site of 3.8060 acres is the gift of The American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees, September 1964. Save Tibet.
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Original site of the centre started in October 1959 with four workers and two rooms.
Original site of the centre started in October 1959 with four workers and two rooms.
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Intro to the Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheels on the premises.
Intro to the Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheels on the premises.
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Om Mani Padme Hum (or hung)
Om Mani Padme Hum (or hung)
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Prayer wheels.
Prayer wheels.
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Refugee handicrafts worker.
Refugee handicrafts worker.
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More refugee handicrafts workers.
More refugee handicrafts workers.
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Another refugee handicrafts worker.
Another refugee handicrafts worker.
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Rug in progress.
Rug in progress.
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Rug in progress.
Rug in progress.
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