Jo, a bagger in a super-market, is abducted by Hermes for various exciting, and annoying, astral projections. S = Soprano; M = Mezzo-soprano; A = Alto; cT = Counter Tenor; T = Tenor; b = Baritone; Bb = Bass-baritone; B = Bass. Genders and voice types may be changed at will. Transposition is permitted. Almost 30 theater pieces are presented in seven evenings as follows:
Evening I: Fairy Tales (My cousin, Dr. Paul David Walther (a.k.a Walter), once suggested that I write twisted fairy tales... I think I have followed that directive... what do you think?)
Gaynocchio: 40 minute parody of Carlo Collodi's work: S & bB or 3 high and 3 low voices, dancers, narrator, flute and guitar. Gaypetto creates a gay puppet, narrated by a very queer cricket. Available on pop-up below; or on Vimeo under: David Walther: Gaynocchio and on YouTube under: David Edgar Walther: Gaynocchio. Gaynocchio was created as an alternate to the 60 minute version of "Pinocchio" libretto by Purple Beard, Florence Whipple, and Kristin Webb; after Collodi; commissioned and premiered by The North Shore Civic Ballet and The Putnam Court Players (Mary Saunders, S, Kristin Webb, flute, and Russell Southcott, guitar, with Purple Beard Bb. Choreographed by Florence Whipple, Jimmy Ray as Pinocchio. Cablecast on BNN-TV.
Peter Crocodile: 30 minutes: S S M cT T Bb; dancers, narrator, optional chorus and piano: A carnivorous crocodile personalizes J. M. Barrie's story. Selections presented on WHMB Radio, Cambridge, MA. Selections recorded by Andrew Swan, Bb and Jeanie Theoharis, M, with Purple Beard, Bb and piano. Slated for recording in 2018.
Jo in Wonderland:45 minutes: S S A T b B; actors, narrator and piano or orchestra: Jo enters Lewis Carroll's story. Selections have been performed in concert and heard on WGBH as performed by Ben Sears, b and Brad Conner, pianist. Alternate version: "Alice in Wonderland was recorded with narrations by William Cavness. Sid Tarlowe as Alice. Selections recorded by Shinobu Takagi, M; and Robert Town, T, with Purple Beard (B and piano). Selections heard on WHMB radio. Selections presented on WHMB Radio, with M, Jeanie Theoharis and Purple Beard, piano.
Evening II: Romance and Mystery
Off-nights at The Sometimes Café: "Sex Mystery" 45 minutes: S A T b; 2 dancers, and a narrator/pianist: A shorter (20 minute) version was cablecast. Amelia Broome, S; Philip Jenkins, T; Ben Sears, b; Purple Beard, narrator and Bb; Brad Conner & Purple Beard, piano; Dana Danzel and James Spellman (choreographer), dancers; TJ Norris, actor & photgrapher; Chris Gentes & Candy Hollogram, cinematographers. Selections heard on WHBR Radio with M, Jeanie Theoharis and Purple Beard, piano. Who likes whom, who knows that this is a gay drag bar? The hispanic medium? Does she understand drag? Withheld version with poems by Emily Dickinson. Available on Vimeo under: David Walther: Sex Mystery.
The School of The Night: 5 minutes: T b B; 2 actors and piano: tells of the mysterious events surrounding the supposed death of Christopher Marlowe. Unperformed.
Big Eddy: 20 minutes: S T b and T/narrator; and piano. An up-dated version of the story of Edward II. The story of a drug king pin and his hustler boyfriend. Selections recorded by Shinobu Takagi, M and Purple Beard (Bb, piano). Otherwise unperformed.
Reigning Cats and Dogs: 20 minutes: 8 Dogs (singers); 2 Cats (actors) and piano. Queen Lily's ball has been stolen, Detective Luckie is brought in to solve the case. Selections recorded by Nancy King, A and Catherine Radmer, M, slated for recording in 2018.
Evening III: Horror
The Inquisition: 10 minutes: cT, b b, B and piano: a trial, from a dream, in response to the censorship of "Phone Sex" (see Evening VI). Cablecast with Purple Beard as a one man show. Available on Vimeo under: David Walther: The Inquisition
The Mask of The Witches: 30 minutes: S S b b, B or chorus and piano or orchestra with various narrators. Good witches try to save the villagers from The Inquisition. Various poets. Selections recorded by Shinobu Takagi, S and Purple Beard, B and piano. Otherwise unperformed. Slated for recording in 2018.
The Vampire: 30 minutes: dancers and synthesizer, with narrator. A man is wrongly accused of being a vampire. Synthesized realization by Purple Beard. Otherwise unperformed.
Hansel and Gretel: 30 minutes: S S M b B and piano. Selections were recorded by Mary Saunders, S; Brett Johnson, b; and Purple Beard, B and piano. Two juvenile delinquents torment a kindly witch. Slated for recording in 2018. The Island Curse: 30 minutes. S A T B; 2 narrators (film crew) and piano. A mockumentary of a strange island. Selections recorded by Shinobu Takagi, M, Robert Town, T and Purple Beared, B and piano. "Heaven" performed by the composer, pianist; at the opening of the Chirkoff Theater Company of Cambridge, MA; and at Boston Metro Opera, by M, Susan Craft; T, Christopher Aaron Smith and pianist, Yelena Beriyeva on January 27, 2012. Slated for recording in 2018.
Evening IV: Religion
New Hope Ministry and Home Shopping Network: 45 minutes; play with musical commercials: two televangelists face challenges. Unperformed. Needs editing.
The Phone Call: 15 minutes: M cT; dancers and piano. Incomplete and unperformed. A woman (M) comes out to her fundamentalist mother (cT). Features dancing gay giraffes and rams, leaping lesbian lizards and protective bear mothers, and powerful black swan fathers; gender reversing clown fish and male pregnant starfish, and Pyura chilensisnd, hermaphroditic live rock that reproduces by selfing (sex with his/her self).
Canon Law:30 minutes: S S A T B; and piano. Poems by Mother Goose. A Catholic Priest faces challenges: abortion, birth control; divorce, women priests, gay marriage, love.... Selections recorded by Andrew Swan, Bb, with Purple Beard, piano. Slated for recording in 2018.
Evening V: Trials
The Philosophy of Not-Knowing: 30 minutes: A cT; dancers, and piano. A daughter makes a bet with her parents in order to marry the person whom she loves. Unperformed.
The Trials of Pooh: 45 minutes: S M T b B; 2 actors and piano. Based on adventures of Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milnes (Texts under copyright until 2026). Commissioned by North Shore Civic Ballet. Selections recorded by Andrew Swan, Bb with Purple Beard, B and piano. Otherwise unperformed.
Pot Luck Dinner: 30 minutes: piano: Public domain alternate version: All unperformed:
1. Marlowe Moment: a strange dinner party; 2. Murder Mystery: a "who-done-it" complete with trial; 3. Marriage Mirage: an unusual solution to an old problem.
Evening VI: Snow White
Phone Sex: 20 minutes: 2 mimes, narrator, Bb and piano; Cablecast on BNN-TV, with John Kristensen, narrator; Leonard Diggins, mime, and Purple Beard; Bb, synthesizer, piano, mime and animation. A man receives provocative phone calls from a mystery caller; narrated by his lover. Shown at Mobius in a program of censured works. Available on Vimeo under: David Walther: Phone Sex.
Confessions of a Fat Slut: 25 minutes: B and synthesizer; narrator and 4 other characters. Slightly cut version was cablecast with Brian Mark and Tony Stegal (the two lovers: Harold and Tom) and Jimmie York (Harold's mother; Jennie the land lady) with Purple Beard; B, synthesizer. A gay man dates two heavy men. The first three numbers are available on YouTube under David Edgar Walther: Fat Slut, and on pop-up below; the complete work is available on Vimeo under: David Walther: Fat Slut.
George Scrobe: 5 minutes: cT cT b, low rock singer, and piano. A gay man tries to kill himself and finds love in the process. Features two original rock songs. Unperformed.
Cinderella Underwear: 15 minutes: cT cT, T b B; piano. A gay version of the fairy tale. An extra large undergarment substitutes for the slipper.
Red Riding Hood: 10 minutes: S A T B; dancers and piano. A newly married lesbian couple are chased by a very bad wolf. Unperformed.
Gay Pride: 10 minutes: mimes and piano: The challenges of finding and losing a spouse to hate crime. Unperformed.
Peter Pansy: 15 minutes: S A T B; dancers, and synthesizer. Hook meets an awful end after tries to have his way with (lipstick lesbian) Pinker Bell. Features another rock song. Unperformed.
Snow White:20 minutes: Bb with piano: Snow White, a gay man with multiple personality disorder, faces various identities and demons as shown in the 7 other works. The black jazz singer, Matthias Black, who is worshiped from afar by Snow White, is murdered in a racial hate crime incident. Unperformed.
Evening VII: Happy Endings
Jo Through The Looking-Glass: 45 minutes: S S A T b B; actors, narrator and piano or orchestra: Jo again enters a Lewis Carroll story. The whole work, in it's alternate version as "Through the Looking-Glass" was recorded with narrations by William Cavness. Sid Tarlowe as Alice. Selections heard on WHMB radio. Selections have been performed in concert and heard on WGBH as performed by Ben Sears, b and Brad Conner, pianist. Selections also recorded by Shinobu Takagi, M; and Robert Town, T, with Purple Beard, piano. Selections presented on WHMB Radio, with M, Jeanie Theoharis and Purple Beard, piano. Otherwise unperformed.
"Gd." The Musical: "Egg" 15 minutes: S M A T b B; actors and synthesizer or piano. On a space ship, the gds. try to figure out the nature of a strange object. Unperformed.
Andrew's Dream: 15 minutes, S A T B and piano. A gay couple saves the world from "noetic" Aliens. Based on a dream of Andrew Swan. Unperformed.
Other Works for Song Theater
Scrooge and Peter Pan: Performed and commissioned by Prime Time, at Massasoit College in Brockton, MA, withheld and recycled.
I dreamed I was in Heaven: Music from the Alice musicals: a man dies of AIDS. Recorded as one man show by Purple Beard.