SF's Monthly Variety Show
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Julesworks presents edition twenty-three of Santa Fe’s Monthly Variety Show, The Julesworks Follies, on Monday, February 24th at 7 pm. We continue to stage our show at the newly reopened Jean Cocteau Cinema at 418 Montezuma. The curvy cozy walls of the retro modern nouvelle Jean Cocteau make for us the perfect home.
The Julesworks Follies commemorates our 23rd entry as Santa Fe’s only Monthly Variety Show. This is our first month with a theme that all the performers will be working to tie in with...being that it is “Magic and Mystery Week” at the Jean Cocteau, which will include a world class magician from LA’s Magic Castle, movies about Magic and Mentalists, a screening of The Prestige with celebrated screenwriter Jonah Nolan and more. This edition of the Follies is dubbed the Magical Mystery Tour Follies.
The Full-On Monty Python Copyright Infringement Experience aka The Monty Python Recreation Brigade Squad Posse aka Crunchy, Raw, Un-Boned, Real, Dead Frog Parrot Droppings recreates original Monty Python material including sketches, snippets of their films and the Pepperpots. For this Magical Mystery Tour they will be melding two Python sketches with original material, being the Tim the Enchanter scene from Holy Grail and the Spanish Inquisition which, as Python did in Flying Circus will recur throughout the night…
Tom Sibley, Jules, Leticia Cortez, Quinn Mander, Greg Sonnenfeld, Chris Diestler and Laura Engstrom. Sonnenfeld and Engstrom joined the team last month and return, with a vengeance of new material and fresh ideas.
The Julesworks Rip Off Team will venture once again into new territory possibly with a snippet from another famed Brit Comedy Troupe, with A Little Bit of Fry and Lurie with Mander and Jules.
Also, new to this show, along with the idea of having a theme, is they will be melding in original material with the sketches and have recurring characters. In particular, Sonnenfeld wrote a script to combine the Python Spanish Inquisition characters with his original material for Julesworks.
Laura Engstrom appears as our magician who is doing her best to learn and share some tricks.
They also join up to reinvigorate the Julesworks Improving Improv, who will revise the Three Headed Oracle game, with audience input, and this time the Oracle will be in the form of a wizard. Players include: Sonnenfeld, Engstorm, Cortez, Sibley, Paul, Rommel, Diestler, Sylvannus Paul, Rob Mesa and others.
Chris Diestler returns as the host/emcee and to perform in the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Reading. Diestler is an all-around performer, emcee and DJ with Hutton Broadcasting and works on stages and screens and behind in New Mexico generously, including over the years with Julesworks.
While many performers return each month or as often as they can, each month we hope for at least one new performer so new to the show is dancer Naamah Hara who will perform her harlequin masked sword dance, a dance to tie into our Magical Mystery Tour theme. Naamah Hara dances a "Masked Sword Dance and Drum Solo". Naamah Hara is Santa Fe's newest belly dancer, bringing feminine strength and grace to the stage. Her dance unites the sensual and spiritual. If you want to learn more, she teaches in town.
Returning after a sabbatical to do some Improv is actor/filmmaker Rob Mesa.
Our Very Special Guest Joe West returns with some original songs and as a new character in the serialized play by Julesworks “Whatever You Do Chatting with God?.”
Another new component launched last month that will continue is a serialized reading of snippets of the BBC Radio Play Versions of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” including the second appearance by Quinn Mander with Diestler and Jules. We are pleased to have Mander joining up with Julesworks as he is one of Santa Fe’s most acclaimed actors.
Our resident musician Greg Turner continues to play selections of his world famous catchy bizarre fun music. Magic and mystery are always part of Turner’s music along with math.
Trent Zelazny continues to get acclaim world-wide with his fiction. He reads almost monthly with the Follies as well as other venues around town. His books sell well in print and in electronic form and are recorded for audiobooks.
Patrick Chavez continues performing Zoe’s Stories. Patrick represents the core ethos of the Follies in that twenty months ago he shared stories he had hand written for his daughter only which he now performs off book and prepared, and always are full of magic and mystery.
Al Staggs returns his unique comic impersonations. Al does his shockingly accurate versions of cherished comedians. He performs around the country while also giving lectures on being funny and he works in a funeral home. He will magically and mysteriously become famous perofrmers.
Greg Paroff, magician and all around eccentric performer, will be out of town so is creating a video of a little magic with a well known magician based out of the Carolinas name of Hannibal.
Julesworks presents the 23rd chapter of their serial, with a newly expanded title, “Whatever You Do Chatting with God ", starring Jules, Tom Sibley, Joe West, and maybe other surprises. This one is always magical, mysterical and nuts.
Other Loyalists who perform almost monthly who will return include:
Tom Sibley presenting snippets of his unique one-man comedy and as a member of the Jworks Rip-Off Squads and their Serialized Play. Sibley’s star as a stand up comedian continues to rise. The magic is never gone.
Experimentalist Andrew Kirkpatrick returns with a new piece combining his talents as a singer (Karaoke Master), electronic musician and more. Andy has hosted many times as well. He has some special music up his sleeve.
Leticia Cortez will present a snippet of her original writings with her signature style and social themes. Cortez also participates in many of Julesworks’ sketches. She will magically and mysteriously capture the socio political tenure of our times.
The Open Slot Slot will carry on to possibly allow a quick piece by interested audience members. Engstrom and Sonnenfeld started in this slot a few months ago and last month Sylvan Paul jumped up with a tale and so returns this month as one of the booked acts.
Sylvanus Paul - Native New Mexican full of tales from broad areas of folklore to the comedic normality of his life. Story title: "The Long-winged Flyer of Shiprock, NM. He presents in a Native style stories that always have magic, mystery and intrigue with a humorous bent…he also joins the 3 Headed Oracle.
Another newcomer is poetess Sasha LaPointe, a Game of Thrones fanatical loyal patron to the Jean Cocteau who in a coming month may do some burlesque.
Some more pieces and tidbits may be confirmed and announced shortly.
Tickets will be $7 to support Julesworks and the newly re-opened Jean Cocteau and your community artists. We will stage the Julesworks Raffle of goodies and prizes donated from restaurants, merchants and artists across Santa Fe to support Julesworks' effort to stage this community monthly variety show.
Tickets available now at: www.jeancocteaucinema.com
We thank Marti Mills for our graphic design and Joe Allgood and Jim Snowden for their video work.
The show will carry on towards the end of each month; with the Jean Cocteau seeming like it will be our home. We plan a little extra special to launch year three with our April show.
All performers and artists, as well as anyone interested in helping behind the scenes, are encouraged to submit possible show ideas to Jules at: firstname.lastname@example.org