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2016 Mummers Play Video

The cast after the performance of the 2016 American Folklife Center Mummers at the Library of Congress Holiday Party in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building. Front row: Captain Acquisition (David Brunton), Doctor Dover (Thea Austen), Processing Pro (Hope O’Keefe), Linear Feet (Valda Morris), and Curly Toes (Jennifer Cutting). Second row: Guitarist (Maya Lerman), Processing Saint George (Sarah Lerner), and Bishop (Stephanie Hall). In the back: Arrearage Squid (George Thuronyi), Metro Manager (Alicia Bartlett), and Father Christmas (Stephen Winick). Not in the photograph: Fiddler (Cathy Kerst).

The cast after the performance of the 2016 American Folklife Center Mummers at the Library of Congress Holiday Party in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building. Front row: Captain Acquisition (David Brunton), Doctor Dover (Thea Austen), Processing Pro (Hope O’Keeffe), Linear Feet (Valda Morris), and Curly Toes (Jennifer Cutting). Second row: Guitarist (Maya Lerman), Processing Saint George (Sarah Lerner), and Bishop (Stephanie Hall). In the back: Arrearage Squid (George Thuronyi), Metro Manager (Alicia Bartlett), and Father Christmas (Stephen Winick). Not in the photograph: Fiddler (Cathy Kerst).

In our last post, we presented the text and photos of our 2016 mummers play, St. George and the Arrearage Monster: A Mumming in Process.  Below, see a video of the play, shot on AFC’s trusty tablet by Jonathan Gold, our audio engineer.  The acoustics in the Library’s Great Hall make it rather difficult to hear, but you can follow along with the text by opening our last post in another tab at this link!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the American Folklife Center!

Five Questions with Jennifer Cutting

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Cutting.  The “Five Questions” interview was performed by Danna Bell, from the Library of Congress’s Educational Outreach office.  A shorter version of her answers is available at their blog, Teaching with the Library of Congress. Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials […]

St. George, the Dragon, and the Squid: A Preservation Mumming

Note: Every year, in the week before Christmas, staff members of the American Folklife Center put our research and performance skills into play, bringing collections to life in a dramatic performance that tours the halls of the Library of Congress.  Dressed in costumes that range from striking to silly, we sing, act, rhyme, and dance […]