Marlboro, VT—Paul Zaloom, creator of “Beakman,” the mad scientist on Beakman’s World, will once again delight audiences with a zany routine in Mighty Nice on November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Whittmore Theatre at Marlboro College.
Obie-winning performance artist Paul Zaloom has written, designed, and performed 11 solo acts including Fruit of Zaloom, Sick but True and his latest, Mighty Nice. As Beakman, Zaloom portrayed a mad scientist who answered real world questions posed by fans across the United States and Canada. Beakman’s World, which premiered in 1992, covered scientific topics from thermodynamics to the importance of fruit bats. Using intervals of “Fast Facts” and hands-on experiments, Beakman made science an interesting topic for kids. The show was based on the Universal Press Syndicate comic strip “You Can with Beakman and Jax” by Jok Church.
Zaloom animates found objects and junk in his one man show, Mighty Nice. Act I is a satiric anti-drug presentation given by an LAPD officer. Act II is an updated version of “Punch and Judy” in which Punch lives with his boyfriend Jimmy and adopted baby Precious. The final act depicts what the world will be like in the year 2222. The show covers contemporary topics from global warming and water rights, to standardized testing in schools and gay adoption, and is appropriate for ages 18 and older.
Awarded the Village Voice Obie Award in 1989, Zaloom has also received a New York Dance and Performance Award, an American Theatre Wing Design Award, four UNIMA-USA Citations for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry and a Guggenheim Fellowship grant. Zaloom co-wrote and narrated In Smog and Thunder, which was part of the official selection at the 2003 Slamdance Festival. He is also a designer of theme park attractions, a visual artist and a teacher.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.