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It Happened Here: A Performance Piece Rooted in The Buffalo Story

The Friends of the Buffalo Story, would like to invite you to the opening performance of:

It happened here: A performance piece rooted in The Buffalo Story

What it is: Red Jacket, Dug’s Dive, Salvatore Rizzo? Who are they? What do they have to do with me? What about “Fingy Connors? Ever hear of him? Or Pug-Nosed Cora, notorious Madame of “Maiden Lane”?

Do you know about the riots at the Commercial Slip, when African ad Irish Americans fought each other for the crumbs at the bottom of the barrel?

Sal Rizzo, the Sicilian marionette artist who held a generation of Italians spell-bound in his tiny marionette theater on Canal Street?

These stories are part of The Buffalo Story and it is these stories that we will tell in a performance piece that combines an original text, with original music and dance.

“It Happened Here” was created by Mark Goldman and written collaboratively by our director, Eve Everett and our performers who are: Rolando Gomez as Red Jacket; Don Capers as Dug of Dug’s Dive; Lorraine O’Donnell as Pug-Nosed Cora; Lawrence Shine as “Fingy Connors” and Joe Giambra as Salvatore Rizzo.

The Draft Riot scene is performed by the dancers of the Verve Studios, a hip-hop ensemble. The music, composed by Anthony DiCessare, puts historical rhymes and rhythms within a hip-hop context.

When it is: Monday July 7th, 6pm reception; 7pm performance (c75 minutes)

Where it is: Under the tent at The Ruins at Commercial Slip

Dress: Celebratory

Valet parking available, $5

Seating is limited to 100 so rsvp soon to

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