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7/27/14 Boneyards Transcript

by on Jul.29, 2014, under The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

Dear Sunday Audience,

I’m stunned that yet again the voices have spoken backwards. I’d heard of this happening but only experienced it the first time during my 7/16/14 recording. I never imagined it happening to me again, yet here it is less than 2 weeks later.  Are my “synagogue saints” trying to scare me away and be done with us? You’ll have to decide.

Do the names Jane and Patrick Foote or Jason mean anything to any of you?  If so, feel free to post a comment here or email me privately.  The voices recorded during your session say these names emphatically as you’ll hear, either identifying themselves or calling for these people.  Perhaps I’m mishearing the names, see what you think.  I tried doing a web search but didn’t turn up much. I did find a pair of siblings named Jane and Patrick Foote, born to a mother with maiden name Durbin, the same as actress Maud Durbin whose name comes up in the show.  I haven’t checked further to see if they’re related but perhaps a junior genealogist among you will want to take up the mantle and report back. Video here– (continue reading…)

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7/26/14 Boneyards Seance Transcript

by on Jul.28, 2014, under The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

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

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Cubana Flight 9646. This Ilyushin 62M CU-T1281 crashed on 9/3/89 and killed all 126 passengers and 45 on the ground.

Did a Cubana Flight 9646 victim speak to my audience through a Ouija board this past Saturday night?

Plane crashes are all the rage right now so I wasn’t surprised when the two audience volunteers using the Ouija board got the word PLANE right out of the chute and then the planchette kept pointing to the sun and moon icons on the board’s lower corners (sky symbols).  Can you say,  subconscious ideomotor impulse?

However, the board then proceeded to spell out apparent gibberish after the word PLANE.  I stress apparent. Bear with me. A selection of the numbers and phrases it kept spelling out over and over:

  1281  

6 TO M (“Could this mean 6 2 M?” an audience member asked.)

1989  

3 1989

MUHA.

I quickly shut down this seeming dud of a seance to wrap up the show and get my audience outta that crypt-like coal cellar and into some fresh air.  The next day I received an email from my die-hard (see how I did that?) fan Joe about Cubana flight 9646:  “I made a small leap in assuming, at least, that ’6TOM’ might  also be ’62M,’ so  I did a web search and found (continue reading…)

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Drink a Boneyard

by on Jul.26, 2014, under The Sixth Boro, The Truth Is In Here, Theatre

The Boneyard

Please be a heavy drinker to appreciate this soul-tingling custom cocktail created by Jeffrey Stanley

In a 16-oz cup combine:

drink71 oz simple syrup

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drink63 oz Bulleit rye whiskey (continue reading…)

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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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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

wapobanner2October 31, 2013

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.

wapobanner2October 31, 2013

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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