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NewsPress Release - September 15, 2000Paul Zaloom Presents "Velvetville" at Marlboro College

MARLBORO, VT - World-class comic theater artist and puppeteer Paul Zaloom unleashes his low-tech, multimedia brand of surrealism and satire in "Velvetville" at 8 p.m. Monday, October 2, in Marlboro College's Whittemore Theater. The one-man, three-ring circus features black velveteen paintings, projected animations, and weirdly funny juxtapositions of unlikely objects and rubbish.

"I've known Paul Zaloom since 1980, when I first presented one of his wildly inventive, playfully subversive, and very funny shows," says Marlboro College film professor Jay Craven. "His new show, 'Velvetville,' is inspired, hilarious, and unforgettable. Don't miss it!"

Best known to youth as the inquisitive, wacky scientist on the TV show "Beakman's World," Zaloom has written, designed, and performed nine full-length solo performances, including "Fruit of Zaloom," "My Civilization," and his latest, "Velvetville."

Since 1978, he has extensively toured the U.S. and Canada, performing at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA, American Repertory Theater, King Tut's Wah-Wah Hut, and hundreds of others. His work has also been featured at numerous international festivals in Europe, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland), les Semaines de la Marionette (Paris), and the UNIMA World Congress (Dresden).

In its six seasons on the air, "Beakman's World" was nominated for several Emmys, including Best Children's Show. For his theater work, Zaloom has won dozens of awards, including prestigious Obies and Bessies, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Jim Henson Foundation.

Tickets for the performance are $10 each at the door and free to Marlboro College students, faculty, and staff. The doors open at 7 p.m. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible.

For more information, please call the Student Activities Office at (802) 257-4333.

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