Caffe Cino Pictures

Aria da Capo – 1960 – 1st Datable Cino Production Photos

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Earliest datable Caffe Cino performance photos, 1960, donated by MAGIE DOMINIC.  BILL MITCHELL (in striped costume), says he convinced JOE CINO to present plays as well as poetry readings and folk singing. GLENN DU BOSE directed this and many other early Cino plays. KITTY MC DONALD and DEAN SELMIER (curly headed in white t-shirt) also appeared in many early Cino plays. PETER RATRAY says he was in “Aria da Capo” in April, 1960, but does not appear here, so he and Glenn Dubose assume these photos are of a summer revival. Photographer unknown.

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DEAN SELMIER and Unidentified Player

PROBABLY FIRST CINO PLAY FLYER-1960

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MAGIE DOMINIC shares what may in all likelihood be the first flyer for the first reading of plays at the Cino, Sunday, February 7th, 1960. Actor/director Bill Mitchell says “A Christmas Story” was the first “sit-down reading” at the Cino and that it happened in Feb. 1959, but that date doesn’t calendarically come on a Sunday. A Village Voice article of April 23, 1964 says, apparently citing Joe Cino, “In February 1960, he initiated Sunday night readings by actors of prose, poetry, and scenes from plays. The regular schedule of plays began in June, 1960.” However, actor Ron Faber says a photo of him dated Dec. 1958 (the month the Cino opened) is from a Cino production, and Bob Dahdah agrees, but adds that his own first production (fully staged and reviewed by the Village Voice) at the Cino was “No Exit,” also in February, 1960. Glenn Dubose staged “Aria Da Capo” in April, 1960, and Peter Ratray says the May 4, 1960 “Tea and Sympathy” was  “fully directed and staged.”  In addition, Joe Cino told me quite another story of when and how he began doing plays. So we are left with more, rather than less, ambiguity about the early days of the Cino, what I choose to call “The Silent Era.”

Early Plays, Late Plays, Gay Plays

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From 1958 to 1968, plays were produced on the floor of New York’s Caffe Cino. The first plays were pirated classics, but gradually new plays became the rule. More early Cino plays HERE. See Cino gay plays HERE..