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"Beyond The Garden"

 


"Beyond The Garden"

Photos by: Joyce Brooks, Story by:  Andrew Wargo

 

Jeffrey Johnson as "Little Edie"
Jeffrey Johnson as "Little Edie"
 
Albert Maysles filming while "Little Edie" speaks with the audience

Albert Maysles filming while "Little Edie" speaks with the audience.
Andrew Wargo takes pictures in the background.

 
Albert Maysles  chats with the Jeffrey Johnson (au natural) at the after party hosted by Clara Aich in her beautiful brownstone

Albert Maysles  chats with the Jeffrey Johnson (au natural) at the after party hosted by Clara Aich in her beautiful brownstone.
Photo by:  Andrew Wargo

 
Giovanni Gelardi, Clara Aich and Albert Maysles

Giovanni Gelardi, Clara Aich and Albert Maysles

 
Chef Frédériq with one of his amazing platters

Chef Frédériq with one of his amazing platters

 
Guests were smitten with the  beauty of Clara's Christmas tree

Guests were smitten with the  beauty of Clara's Christmas tree

 

"Little Edie"  by the very talented artist Richard La Rovere

 

  "Little Edie", the cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and whose mother, "Big Edie" was the aunt of Jackie O' performed a cabaret act in 1978 in the
 West Village at Reno Sweeney.

 

On Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 32 years later at the Public Theater's Joe's Pub on Lafayette St. "Little Edie' Beale" performed a re-creation of her 1978 show under the amazing performance of thespian Jeffrey Johnson*.  He dressed in total red surrounded with a headress of orange-red leaves and offered a brilliant combination of comedy and pathos combining singing and dancing accompanied by a pianist and punctuated with memories and a Q & A.

Documentarian, Albert Maysles, (who filmed "Grey Gardens" in the 1970's, which became a cult classic was filmed at the estate) attended this December 29, 2009 performance as well as "Little Edie's" 1978 performance.  Albert said " the reenactment was excellent and pure perfection, truly astonishing.......
"

Attending the event were "Grey Gardens" inspired artist
Richard La Rovere
-painter of the Beales and Garden;
Giovanni Gelardi-creator of miniature "Grey Gardens" installations; Andrew Wargo-artist who   creates watercolors of "Grey Gardens" moments and memories; Richard Novak-who has built over 100 homes on Long Island and who met the two "Edies" in the 70's and drove them home to their crumbling "Grey Gardens".  Mr. Novak is also a major collector of "Grey Gardens" art.

Also in attendance was International Chef Frédériq* whose prestigious clients include The Sultan of Brunei, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Placido Domingo
, to name just a few.  Frédériq  has greatly admired the "Grey Gardens" phenomenon through the years.

Clara Aich (claraaich@hotmail.com) organized a "Salon" after the show/party for Jeffrey Johnson with Albert Maysles at her sumptuous East Side Townhouse with 30' ceilings and a 15' holiday tree with real (burning) candles.  Chef Frédériq not only attended but catered the event as well.  It was a truly glorious souvenir evening.  Some of Clara's talented guests played music on her beautiful baby grand piano which added to the ambience.

There are plans to bring back the show "After The Gardens/Edie Beale/LIVE at Reno Sweeney" for a One Week Run in early 2010 at Joe's Pub ( www.joespub.com )

Like the "Grey Garden
s" three Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical, The HBO six Emmy Winning Movie, This new evolution is destined for GREATNESS.

As Albert Maysles (www.mayslesfilms.com)  states:
 "All things excellent are both difficult and rare" - Spinoza

To 2010 and more blooms in the Garden...


*Chez Le Chef, Inc. 127 Lexington Avenue,  212 685 1888

For more information about Jeffrey Johnson please visit:
www.ganymedearts.org

 

To list an upcoming event please contact: 
joyce@blacktiemagazine.com

 
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