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Real Ghost Voices

by on Jul.18, 2014, under The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

Backwards talking. This can’t be good.  I’ve seen The Exorcist. Besides, infamous 1930s occultist Aleister Crowley talks about doing and saying things backwards as a way of achieving Luciferian power in his notorious book Magick in Theory and Practice (see p. 389).  But the show must go on, demons be damned.

Those who live, live off the dead. Likewise death, too, has to live.

The theater, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything — gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness – rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires a language to express its manifestations.  To break through language in order to touch life is to create or recreate the theatre.

 - Antonin Artaud

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This Weekend

Saturday 7/26/14 at 9pm

Sunday 7/27/14 at 2pm

Philadelphia

$10 tickets here

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TRANSCRIPT of above EVP session, 7/16/14: (continue reading…)

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How to Rig a Ouija Board

by on Jul.14, 2014, under The Sixth Boro, Theatre

DON’T MISS THE NYC PREMIERE OF JEFFREY STANLEY’S BONEYARDS AT BROOKLYN’S MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM ON 2/27/15. DETAILS HERE.

The following is from July, 2014…

A recent conversation on the Social Network…

Jeffrey Stanley July 9, 2014 at 9:40am · Philadelphia, PA

FYI in case any of you are in the Philly area at the end of July. Stick around post-show and be sure to introduce yourself.  http://www.broadwayworld.com/philadelphia/article/Seance-as-Theatre-Experiment-BONEYARDS-Continues-on-726-727-20140708#.U71FgfldXAk

Seance-as-Theatre Experiment BONEYARDS Continues on 7/26 & 7/27

broadwayworld.com

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Fan #1 Dude that’s awesome! You psyched??!

July 9 at 2:01pm

 

Fan #2 I’ll be there!

July 9 at 2:16pm

 

PARANOID MORON Do you tell people it’s all an act or do you let them believe it’s really their dead loved ones ?

July 9 at 5:48pm 

 

Jeffrey Stanley Paranoid Moron — can’t act to make a Ouija board work, it’s all audience volunteers, I don’t touch it. Would that I had the power of some late 19th-early 20th century mediums to make horns blow in midair and Cherokee chiefs appear but it is what it is. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening, sometimes moving, sometimes boring. It’s the only unscripted part of the show. Transcripts and EVP vids are posted online the day after. Here are the previous results if you’re curious. Go here and click on “voices from the dead.” My earliest “ghost auditions” one is my personal favorite. http://www.brain-on-fire.com/boneyards

Also my WaPo story from this past Halloween, enjoy–http://brain-on-fire.com/jefeblog/tag/washington-post/

Supernatural Skeptics Don’t Know What They’re Missing

Washington Post

October 31, 2013

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July 9 at 8:58pm

 

PARANOID MORON Actually there are many ways to gaff a Ouija board. The most thrilling way I’ve seen was a clear plexi glass planchette and board used by Todd Robbins in his spook show Play Dead. It gave out exact answers to two users from an audience members dead loved one. He never spilled the beans on how it worked but no good magician does and Teller was a part of this production so I bet it was beyond clever.

Todd let’s the audience know everything he performs is an act and yet people still believe he communicates with the dead. Trumpet levitation. Cold reading. Spot on details about multiple lost family members.

Guess that’s the thing about grief. Most people would give anything to hear a dead loved ones messages. Shitty when a predator comes around and preys on that vulnerability.

All the mediums of the past are frauds. Even the Fox sisters. Or should I say ESPECIALLY the fox sisters.

So I’m assuming you genuinely believe you yourself communicate with the dead ?

July 9 at 9:36pm

 

Jeffrey Stanley Paranoid Moron — rather than ass u me, why not read some of the links I’ve sent, especially the WaPo article? Again, I do not insist that I can communicate with the dead in my show. I DO claim that I TRY to contact the dead in front of a live audience because I am at heart a SKEPTIC who WANTS to believe, nor do I claim to personally have a special paranormal ability, and I especially don’t tell anyone they can hear from dead loved ones, nor, if you read any of the links I sent to past transcripts, has anyone ever tried to contact a dead loved one or believe they’ve heard from a dead love one in the show. I am not a medium nor am I billing myself as one. I am a playwright and a performance artist. This is documentary theatre, autobiographical storytelling, performance art, entertainment, that also involves a real live ouija board session led by the audience. As previously stated sometimes it’s exciting and sometimes it ain’t. I have no control over it. Do you see any testimonials anywhere online from anyone saying I’ve got supernatural powers or that they talked to their dead grandmother during my show? Thanks for the tips on how to trick an audience but that’s not my thing. I do however, urge you to come to the show gratis and debunk it — come sit in on my rehearsals, the setup, the show, the post-show breakdown, anything you like —  although there’s nothing to debunk but have a blast.

And here’s a review of the show — by a theatre critic, because it’s theatre. http://brain-on-fire.com/…/city-paper-review-of-boneyards/

 

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BONEYARDS: THE WIENERING

A special edition of Jeffrey Stanley’s Boneyards, normally a solo show, will run for two performances featuring additional guest actor Michael Wiener:

Saturday 7/26/14 at 9pm

Sunday 7/27/14 at 2pm

Philadelphia

$10 tickets here

 

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Boneyards: The Wienering

by on Jul.08, 2014, under NYC, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

There’s a little taphophile in all of us


After a highly successful world premiere in the 2013 Philly Fringe in September and an extended post-Fringe run in the fall, Jeffrey Stanley is back with Boneyards: The Wienering is back this summer 2014 and features a special guest appearance by acclaimed New York-based performance artist Michael Wiener.

Very limited seating
$10 tickets here

Shivtei Yeshyuron-Ezras Israel Synagogue
(doors open 45 minutes early to allow the audience time to wander the 3 floors of this 119-year-old storefront synagogue before descending to the cellar)
2015 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA
2 blocks north of Snyder Avenue


Press Contact:

info@shiva3.com

7/8/14 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

P hiladelphia, PA – The ongoing seance-as-theatre experiment continues.  After a highly successful run in the 2013 Philly Fringe and a post-Fringe extended run last fall, Jeffrey Stanley’s BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld for 2 performances in late July. Come in from the heat and peacefully rest in a cool, dark, coal cellar.  Same autobiographical, spooky show, same mouldering location, same real ghosts, but now featuring a visit from New York’s quirkiest experimental performance artist Michael Wiener who will be sharing the crypt with the show’s creator Jeffrey Stanley.

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Boneyards EVP Log – 9/11/13

by on Sep.12, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld.  Four new post-Fringe shows in October just in time for Halloween. 10/17/13, 10/20, 11/2 and 11/3. Only 20 seats per show, get ‘em before they’re gone.

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American sadhu.

American sadhu.

Okay so anyone who knows me or has come to my previous shows this year or back in 2011 has heard me say the phrase “Ouija action.”  As in, “let’s see if we get any Ouija action tonight” or “Any Ouija action on this end of the room?” or “Last night we got a lot of Ouija action, let’s see what happens tonight.”   In fact I used this phrase in last night’s show.  I had to laugh out loud this morning when I played back last night’s EVP recording and  heard a wisecracking Synagogue Saint yell out a mocking “Ouija action!”  Read on…

Last night’s Ouija session didn’t have the full-on fireworks of the previous night but still not a bad showing from the spirits (or subconscious ideomotor impulses depending on your beliefs).  This is the 4th seance in the cellar and if you listen to them all you’ll see a ghostly narrative unfolding. We now know there are 12 otherworldly inhabitants of the synagogue. They don’t all hang out in the cellar. Why would they? That’s just where they come to talk with us.  I call them the Synagogue Saints.  We spoke to someone with initials PZ or PV, it couldn’t make up its mind.  He/she was born in 06.  Make that 1906.   Were you ever in here when it was a store (before 1909)?  NO.  Were you in here when it was a synagogue?  YES.  Are you in the room with us now?  NO.  That’s a first; usually they say yes.  Then where are you?  A string of indecipherable consonants and then it shot down to GOODBYE, which I’ve found often happens when you start asking too many questions about their ethereal whereabouts; CAN’T TELL is also a common response.  Wait!  Before you go would you like to speak with us electrically?  It crept back up to YES.

At that I ran across the room and fired up the P-SB7 spirit box.  The EVP recording below picks up from there as we listen to PZ and company try to get their sea legs and learn how to talk through this thing — (continue reading…)

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City Paper Review of Boneyards

by on Sep.11, 2013, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Terrific review by Paulina Reso in the City Paper.  Ha, can’t argue with her about the final stage of the show.  I know from past experience that when you risk opening a scripted entertainment up to the chaos and randomness of a seance for a few minutes anything could happen — and sometimes very little.  Too bad she wasn’t there for the Ouija board fireworks last night.  And I’m not sure how switching  from talking to singing and playing a guitar before launching directly into more talking could be construed by anyone as a water break; that would truly be a supernatural feat. This show is wall to wall mouth, baby.  Read on…

Fringe review: Boneyards

By Paulina Reso
09/11/2013

WE THINK: With its penchant for the paranormal and its autobiographical focus, Jeffrey Stanley’s one-man show could come across as overly strange or egotistical, but his charisma and fascinating tales from the crypt kept it on track. Staged in a musty, 118-year-old cellar in Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, a historic South Philly synagogue, the show began with Stanley performing George Jones’ country hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which, his tender rendition revealed, is a lovelier song than I had originally thought. But we in the audience weren’t sitting in a damp cellar, squinting our light-deprived eyes at a barefooted man with a painted face to get a lesson in music appreciation. We were here for a taste of the macabre, and Stanley didn’t disappoint. CONT’D at citypaper.net>>

 

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Boneyards EVP Log – 9/10/13

by on Sep.11, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld.  Four new post-Fringe shows in October just in time for Halloween. 10/17/13, 10/20, 11/2 and 11/3. Only 20 seats per show, get ‘em before they’re gone.

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My 1917 original William Fuld Ouija Board (pre-Parker Bros.) is an integral part of the show.

This 1917 original William Fuld Ouija Board is an integral part of the show.

Mindblowing evening in the spirit world, y’all. Simultaneous interaction between the Ouija board and the P-SB7 spirit box. I’d heard of this happening but for me this was a first — holy cow!

The Ouija board was extremely active at the show’s climax.  Audience volunteers Michael and G. personed the planchette while a 7-months pregnant J. helped me out as questioner (I’ll leave it to them to identify themselves in the comments section below if they so desire).

A spirit (or subconscious ideomotor impulse depending on your beliefs), MATTHEW, became active right away. The planchette was bouncing all around the board like a pinball.  He was notably polite and insisted  on speaking in complete sentences but at rapidfire speed. The highlights go about like this:

ME: Matthew, how old are you?

BOARD:  28

ME:  When did you die?

1936

ME:  What did you think of the show?  (to the audience) Watch, he’s going to spell out ‘excellent.’ (continue reading…)

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Boneyards a Festival Pick

by on Sep.10, 2013, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, Theatre

Down in the little shul’s coal cellar join Jeffrey Stanley for performances of his “metatheatrical monologue” that “resurrects and converses with the cadaverous,” from Laurel Hill to ancient Greece.  CONT’D at planphilly.com>>

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Boneyards EVP Log – 9/8/13

by on Sep.09, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld.  Four new post-Fringe shows in October just in time for Halloween. 10/17/13, 10/20, 11/2 and 11/3. Only 20 seats per show, get ‘em before they’re gone.

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“I almost cried,” said one spirit about my opening show. Then there was the one who told me to “go to hell.”

The situation:  I turned on the P-SB7 AM-FM scanner, aka Frank’s box or spirit box, toward the end of my show as planned and aimed the video recorder at it, said a few introductory remarks and then walked away to the other end of the room where a Ouija board session was already in progress with audience members.  Most of the audience was gathered round the board but a few lingered by the spirit box to see if they heard anything.  Except for when I’m directly addressing the box there’s no reason to assume these voices are  speaking only to me. These messages could have been meant for any of us gathered in the room, or it could be the spirits talking to each other.  As with the prior session in this space I detect at least 11 voices. And they are of a mixed mind. There’s the “no/lies/go to hell/ain’t got time for it” faction who wants me to go away and then there’s the “pull up a chair/don’t you go/love…kisses/talk to me/hi it’s me/I almost cried” fan base.

Meanwhile the simultaneous Ouija session was dull as the spirits seemed reluctant to speak with us (not always the case; check out the Ouija fireworks from the next night’s show). They made their presence known…there were at least 3 of them. One had initials DTS and (continue reading…)

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BONEYARDS City Paper Preview

by on Sep.05, 2013, under The Press, The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld.  Four new post-Fringe shows in October just in time for Halloween. 10/17/13, 10/20, 11/2 and 11/3. Only 20 seats per show, get ‘em before they’re gone.

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Blood, guts and experimental theater

by Shaun Brady, 09/05/2013

“… Maybe it’s the darker sensibility of an audience primed for avant-garde theater, but Fringe is second only to Halloween in terms of people being ready to buckle down and open their minds to horrific subject matter … Jeffrey Stanley had little need to seek out horror films or literature as a child: He grew up next door to a funeral home in rural Virginia. ‘My bedroom window looked directly into their embalming room and they never closed the curtain,’ Stanley recalls. ‘So at night I’d go up there and watch, and I could see the body laid out on the slab. For whatever reason it never scared me; I thought it was fascinating.’

That’s one story Stanley will recount in Boneyards (Sept.8-17, Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel), the one-man semi-sequel to his 2011 Fringe hit Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead. The show takes place in the basement of a century-old storefront synagogue and, for its final performance, at Laurel Hill Cemetery … As in Beautiful Zion, Stanley will conclude with a Ouija board séance, a habit he began at a teenage New Year’s Eve party. ‘We were sitting around the kitchen table in the dark and crazy things started happening. We’re all convinced that by the end of the night we spoke to Jimi Hendrix, he possessed my friend’s kitten and made it pluck his guitar strings.’

Stanley insists that his obsession, like so much horror fiction, has a cathartic side. ‘As dark and macabre and creepy as it is, I hope it’s ultimately life-affirming. In the end it’s about loving life and taking away some of the fear of death that we have in our culture.’”  full story at citypaper.net>>

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Jeffrey Stanley, Boneyards rehearsal 9/3/13

And don’t forget to watch and listen to this historic first: a casting call for the dead.  The first round of open auditions for the spirit world was held in the 1895 coal cellar using the famed  P-SB7 AM/FM scanner for listening to EVPs.  Here are the results.  No tricks, no jokes. The transcript is also included along with a few afterthoughts but watch the video first.

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An Historic First: Auditions for the Dead

by on Aug.29, 2013, under The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

BONEYARDS is back from the dead to rock your underworld.  Four new post-Fringe shows in October just in time for Halloween. 10/17/13, 10/20, 11/2 and 11/3. Only 20 seats per show, get ‘em before they’re gone.

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The first round of open auditions for the spirit world was held earlier today on the BONEYARDS set using the famed  P-SB7 AM/FM scanner,aka Frank’s box or spirit box, for listening to EVPs.  I was all alone in the coal cellar of this 3-story 1895 building in South Philly that started out as a store before becoming an Orthodox synagogue in 1909.  Here are the results.  No tricks, no jokes, same as before.  All EVPs have been slowed down to half speed and had the volume bumped up a notch to improve audibility.  The raw video is 5 minutes. I’ve cut it down here to less than 4 minutes.  Transcript is also included below along with a few afterthoughts but watch the video first. (continue reading…)

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