Caffe Cino Pictures

The Silent Era – JOE CINO AND HIS FRIENDS

Posted in Uncategorized by Robert on January 1, 1904

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Despite such treasures as the photos on these pages, most of them gifts of BOB DAHDAH, the Cino’s most frequent director, this period of the Cino is the hardest to document. [More text below slideshow.]

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So many artists were in-and-out of the obscure little room on the quaint side-street. Few shows were advertised. Many hadn’t even a program. Most were unphotographed. Many people kept no souvenirs; there was no Off-Off Broadway then, and they regarded their shows at the Cino as just exercises, not genuine performances to commemorate or keep proof of. Joe told me that he started doing shows because Phoebe Mooney, an acting student, tired of performing only in class, asked if she could do her “class scenes” for his audience. That wasn’t true; shows had been done for at least three years before Phoebe did one, but her attitude may have been common, that the Cino was just an extension of study. Many people who did keep souvenirs died without heirs; whatever they had saved was discarded. Evictions and loss of property are also common. And there are numerous stories of a parent, a friend, a mate, a lover, a roommate, a caretaker just getting tired of boxes or albums and throwing them away. In addition, there are the people who tell me they’re definitely going to go look through those boxes and find me something…but die before they do.

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  1. Robert said, on October 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Magie Dominic’s slideshow and lecture on the Cino is HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywbbMYT65KM

  2. Federica said, on October 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hi everybody!
    I’m an italian girl who is going to find some informations about Joe Cino, but on Internet I didn’t find a lot.
    Is there someone who can help me?

    Thanks to all, and scuse me for my banal English.

  3. John-Julian, OJN said, on July 29, 2010 at 4:58 am

    And what were your years at Theatre by the Sea in Portsmouth? Must have been the ’60’s….I directed you in a one-act (don’t remember the name).

  4. Robert Patrick said, on April 6, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Please include an e-mail address when you make a Comment. Thank you.

  5. Robert Patrick said, on April 6, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Mister Dukakis,
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Thank you for the information about your playing in “The Apollo of Bellac” at the Caffe Cino.
    If you will send me your e-mail address, I will ocntact Lucy Silvay and Linda Eskenas and inform them that you wish to be in touch with them.
    Please send your information to my e-mail adress:
    rbrtptrck@aol.com
    Do you recall any other cast member’s names?
    Have you any programs, posters, or photos from the Caffe Cino or from other Off-Off theatres before 1970?
    I would love to see them, if you do.
    Robert Patrick.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  6. Apollo Dukakis said, on April 5, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Around 1961-62 I was in the one-act Jean Giradoux play APOLLO OF BELLAC at the Caffe Cino. I was not that Apollo but played a supporting part. I remember vividly the interior “stage”, Joe Cino who used to come out and introduce the play in a long flowing opera robe,Johnny Dodd, the tiny “dressing room” space and passing the hat after the performance which I was very embarassed to do. In the late 70’s I played Sparger in Robert Patrick’s KENNEDY’S CHILDREN which recalled Joe and the Caffe Cino days…I had a personal connection when I played it…it brought back memories. It’s a good feeling to know I was involved with such a historic undertaking. I knew Walter McGinn(deceased) and Lucy Silvay…does anybody know where she is now? I am still an actor doing theatre in Los Angeles and have done lots of TV and features as well. If anbody remembers the BELLAC play or Lucy Silvay I’d love to hear from you!


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