pageant- 2012 (manhattan)
inspired by the magic of a yearly Christmas Open House my family used to host (imagine a small town putting on a play in our living room), i decided to throw one in Manhattan. i have a great deal of friends who work in the entertainment industry, but realized we rarely get the chance to perform just, for the sake of it. for one another.
a few weeks before the Pageant, my friend Aaron and i biked all over the city hand delivering invitations. each invitation was crafted specially and advised the guest to prepare a short talent to share at a "cozy Victorian afternoon of merriment and pageantry." some were asked to collaborate with strangers and others were mined for secret skills. every guest was required to dress in Victorian-era costumes.
though each guest arrived (nervous) and unsure of what they had gotten themselves into, their fears soon disappeared as they witnessed: a mimed snowball fight, a harp-playing poet, a tap-dancing duet, an improvised Christmas Carol, a re-enactment of Home Alone, and a Skype call from Mrs. Clause herself.
the result harkened back to a simpler time; where parlor games reigned, poetry was celebrated, and 'liking' someone's art required shaking their hand