Caffe Cino (Paperback)
The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway (Theater in the Americas)
Southern Illinois University Press, 9780809326457, 264pp.
Publication Date: June 8, 2005
“It’s Magic Time!” That colorful promise began each performance at the Caffe Cino, the storied Greenwich Village coffeehouse that fostered the gay and alternative theatre movements of the 1960s and launched the careers of such stage mainstays as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Robert Heide, Harry Koutoukas, Robert Patrick, Robert Dahdah, Helen Hanft, Al Pacino, and Bernadette Peters. As Off-Off-Broadway productions enjoy a deserved resurgence, theatre historian and actor Wendell C. Stone reopens the Cino’s doors in this vibrant look at the earliest days of OOB.
Rife with insider interviews and rich with evocative photographs, Caffe Cino: The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway provides the first detailed account of Joe Cino’s iconic café theatre and its influence on American theatre. A hub of artistic innovation and haven for bohemians, beats, hippies, and gays, the café gave a much-sought outlet to voices otherwise shunned by mainstream entertainment. The Cino’s square stage measured only eight feet, but the dynamic ideas that emerged there spawned the numerous alternative theatre spaces that owe their origins to the risky enterprise on Cornelia Street.
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Praise For Caffe Cino: The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway (Theater in the Americas)…
“Wendell Stone has gathered the facts and fictions, the lies and legends, the elusive chronology and the effusive mythology of the most wonderful place of all time and arranged them with precision and perspective. I learned a throng of things I never knew about the Caffe Cino from this bountiful book.”—Robert Patrick, playwright and author of Kennedy’s Children, Temple Slave, and Film Moi: Narcissus in the Dark
“Stone’s definitive history provides not only a detailed chronological production history of Joseph Cino’s café theatre, but also broaches the subtle social, economic, political, and theoretical contexts that gave rise to the Off-Off-Broadway world of coffeehouse theatres. This study will delight scholars of American theatre and also serves as inspiration for emerging playwrights, directors, and actors who are searching for a historical context for their own careers.”—David A. Crespy, author of Off-Off-Broadway Explosion