According to Tip: Dick Flavin's Show Based on the Life of Speaker O'Neill
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Featuring an experimental improvised piece, mechanical sound sculptures and a massive kinetic sculpture titled Container Man, Bread and Puppet Theater's work is both politically stimulating and awe inspiring. The performance will take place at The Quarry, a former industrial site set on a 12-acre campus in the forest outside of Acton. The avant-garde performance-art piece features Bread & Puppet's signature visual elements, along with movement, vocals and pertinent political social commentary. Sourdough rye will be served and cheap art will be available for purchase after the show. Led by artist Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet first made its mark in the experimental theater movement of the '60s and '70s in New York and is now thriving in its home in Vermont, independently pursuing its twin goals of art and activism. All sound sculptures were designed by Viktor Lois, the Hungarian-born artistic director of Contemporary Arts International. Learn More
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Dick Flavin was wonderful as our colorful speaker Tip O'Neill. We learned some things about him that we did not know before and the show made us want to read more about the man who represented the state for so many years. Very enjoyable evening.
Starring Dick Flavin
Directed by Richard McElvain
Longtime Boston political authority and veteran commentator Dick Flavin has an insider’s prospective of Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, personally as well as professionally. According to Tip is filled with history, humor and even a bit of music. Audiences go back in time with Tip from his life growing up in Cambridge where he entered local politics, to the Massachusetts State House, and eventually to the White House.
For the play, Flavin drew from Tip’s own words, those of his colleagues, Congressional records and from researching many writings, including John A. Farrell’s biography. “Tip O’Neill was the most colorful political figure of his time, and one of the most significant. He crossed swords and lifted a glass with all the giants of the age; Reagan, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and more, “ says Flavin. He adds, “It was a challenge to write about, and will be a challenge to portray, such a unique character.”
Presented by Paul T. Boghosian/Harborside Films