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A panoramic, folk infused, multi-media view of the life of John Banvard (1815-91), the unknown creator of the first "moving image."
A panoramic, folk infused, multi-media view of the life of John Banvard (1815-91), the unknown creator of the first "moving image."
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FringeNYC 2012
FringeNYC 2012

New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC.
& {breathing time machine} present

PANORAMANIA;
Or The Adventures of John Banvard
An O'er True Tale.

Book by David Jackson,
Music & Lyrics by PartyFolk 
Video by Closing Eye Studios
Directed by Jacob Sexton

The Play: 

A panoramic, folk infused, multi-media view of the life of John Banvard (1815-91), the unknown creator of the first "moving image."

Why Donate:

We can’t thank you enough for your generous support. Any amount helps. Fordham University supported the play’s development through a research grant; and now we need your help to fully realize PANORAMANIA at the New York International Fringe Festival this August!

Your donation will help support: 

- Re-creating Banvard's massive panorama
- 19th century period costumes (P.T. Barnum, Queen Victoria, and more!)
- Original music and live performance by NYC folk band, PartyFolk!
- Original videography by Minnesota based Closing Eye Studio!
- A very exciting, ambitious projection & video design.

Artists:

Actors: Kabby Borders, Noah Chase, Tyler Gattoni, Sarah Hegarty, Erica Hernandez, Leah Latella, Brendan McDonough, Emily Rose Prats, Blake Sugarman, R.J. Vaillancourt, and Brandon Zelman.

Production & Design: Will Barrios, Jessie Bonaventure, Jonathan Bremner, Tanner Curtis, Sarah Ford, Mia Hull, David Jackson, Megan Lang, Andrew Laudel, Pauline Lu, Luca Nicholas, Marissa Parkes, Edward K. Ross, Jacob Sexton, and Isabelle Simone.

Musicians: Ben Antelis, Noah Chase, Mitch Friedman, Doug Goldstein, and Leah Latella.

Video Team: Gus Ganley and Walken Schweigert.

Sneak Peek:

PartyFolk front duo Leah Latella & Noah Chase
PartyFolk front duo Leah Latella & Noah Chase
costume sketch © Isabelle Simone 2012
costume sketch © Isabelle Simone 2012
set sketch: © Edward K. Ross 2012
set sketch: © Edward K. Ross 2012
Research Image! Illustration © Joseph Papin 1966, The Ingenious John Banvard
Research Image! Illustration © Joseph Papin 1966, The Ingenious John Banvard

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    A special thanks on the production's official website, and in our FringeNYC program.

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    PartyFolk’s fantastic Album WE ALL BELONG IN A ZOO -- signed by the band! PLUS: personalized post card and special thanks.

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    Two tickets to see PANORAMANIA at the New Ohio Theater, on us, for the performance of your choosing! PLUS: signed PartyFolk album, personalized post card and special thanks.

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    A full-company photograph, signed by ALL of the artist involved in the production! PLUS: two tickets, signed PartyFolk album, personalized post card and special thanks.

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    A private, acoustic show by PartyFolk front duo Leah Latella and Noah Chase where they will perform a song written about you! PLUS: dinner with director/playwright, company photograph, two tickets, signed album, personalized post card and special thanks.

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