BLTguestssofar1Shortly after September 11, 2001, I was back in Chicago walking Machito the dog and talking to my always-inspiring and kick-in-the-ass-ing sister. She wanted to know what was keeping me in NYC, what I wanted to do, what I cared about. After a series of defensive and defeated “I-don’t-knows,” I finally screamed back, “I. Don’t. Know! Beauty! Love! Truth!” The dog cowered.

She said, “then do that.” And since I love putting on a show (“Luuuucyyyy…”) that’s what I did.

I am very grateful to every name listed below, all the performers, bars, venues, and theaters who have helped us explore and heighten Beauty, Love, and Truth in the world. -Shannon

Look here for the current/future shows!

This history before the current run (now co-produced and directed with Louie Pearlman):

Aug 1st, 2010 Del Close Marathon at Urban Stages. Bob Acevedo, Kevin Cragg, Kirk Damato, Alan Fessenden, Megan Gray, Ed Illades, Terry Jinn, Maddy Mako, Shannon Manning, Kevin Mullaney, Louie Pearlman,  Daisy Rosario, Marian Rosin, Alexis Saarela, and more perform scenes inspired by musical guest TONY CARNEVALE!
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Sun August 16, 2009 5:15 pm Live show at UCB’s Del Close Marathon (Urban Stages stage)
Musical guest: Chris Mills with Bob Acevedo, Emily Bryan, Kirk Damato, Terry Jinn, Damon Ketron, Jess Lane, Maddy Mako, Shannon Manning, Daisy Rosario, Marian Rosin, Alexis Saarela
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Sunday, August 10, 2008 at Hudson Guild Theatre as part of UCB’s 10th annual Del Close Marathon

Musical Guest: Chris Mills

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Listen to new song Atom Smashers here!

Improvisers included: Bob Acevedo, Tony Carnevale, Kirk Damato, Dan Dunford, Alan Fessenden, Brian Fountain, Terry Jinn, Louis Kornfeld, Maddy Mako, Shannon Manning, Tiffany Morningstar, John Murray, and more.


 

Friday, November 18, 2005 Magnet Theater improv inspired by live musical guest Mike McGinnis & Khabu to inspire improv from Terry Jinn, Louis Kornfeld, Shannon Manning, Alex Marino, John Murray, Louie Pearlman, Rosemary Stevens, more.


Friday, November 11, 2005 at Magnet Theater improv inspired by live musical guest Joe McGinty (Loser’s Lounge) to inspire improv from Terry Jinn, Louis Kornfeld, Shannon Manning, Alex Marino, John Murray, Louie Pearlman, Rosemary Stevens, more.


Friday, August 26, 2005 at Magnet Theater Marykate O’Neil to inspire improv from Terry Jinn, Louis Kornfeld, Shannon Manning, Alex Marino, Rosemary Stevens.


Friday, July 22, 2005 at Magnet Theater Musical guest Chris Mills.


Saturday, July 23, 2005 at the Del Close Marathon at UCB. Musical guest Damon Ketron.


Friday, June 10, 2005 at Magnet Theater 254 west 29th Street (at 8th Ave) Musical guest Brian Dewan on accordion to inspire improvisation from Millicent Cho, Terry Jinn, Damon Kaetron, Erika Kern, Alex Marino, Shannon Manning, Tiffany Morningstar, Matt Pack, Louie Pearlman


Friday, May 20, 2005 at Magnet Theater 254 west 29th Street (at 8th Ave) Musical guest Greg Peterson to inspire improvisation from Alan Fessenden, Damon Kaetron, Terry Jinn, Shannon Manning, Alex Marino, Matt Pack, Louie Pearlman


Friday, April 22, 2005  Magnet Theater 254 west 29th St. Musical guest Lianne Smith inspired improvisation from Tara Copeland, James Eason, Alan Fessenden, Terry Jinn, Erika Kern, Shannon Manning, Alex Marino, Louie Pearlman, Abby Sher.


Thursday, December 30, 2004 A New Year’s Eve Eve show and party at Armando Diaz Studio night at Juvie Hall under the Gene Frankel Theater 24 Bond St. (btw Bowery & Lafayette) Musical guest Mary Kate O’Neil and featuring improvisers Millicent Cho, Terry Jinn, Erika Kern, Alex Marino, Shannon Manning, Ed Snible, more! Before Beauty Love Truth will be a short set of Slow Comedy, then after Jenny performs the Evente!


Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at Parkside Lounge, as part of the Ash Wednesday show. Musical guest Greg Peterson


 

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Sunday, August 1, 2004 at 2pm Del Close Marathon with musical guest Greg Peterson and featuring improvisers Dan Dunford, Eden Gauteron,Terry Jinn, Shannon Manning, Alex Marino, Tiffany Morningstar, Kevin Mullaney, Louie Pearlman, Ed Snible. UCB.


Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Lee Feldman


Wednesday, April 21st, 2004 Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by musical guest Greg Peterson on piano.


Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by musical guest Greg Peterson on piano.


Wednesday, March 24th, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Greg Peterson.


Wednesday, March 17th, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by Irish literature and song


Wednesday, March 10th, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Jarrett Bernstein.


Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Greg Peterson.


Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Lianne Smith


Wednesday, February 18th, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Greg Peterson


Wednesday, February 11th, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Chris Mills


Wednesday, February 4th, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth Beatles songs sung by Louie Perlman and Michael Jeffrey Cohen to inspire improvisers * Brian Berrebbi * Shannon Manning * Tiffany Morningstar * Mike Rose * Teri Talbot * Paul Sullivan * Ed Snible * Andy Dickerson * Rachel Korowitz *


Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Dave Foster.


Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Greg Peterson.


Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth musical guest Lee Feldman to inspire improvisers * Brian Berrebbi * Mike Rose * Shannon Manning * Tiffany Morningstar * Louie Perlman * Sean Hart * Billy Hot Chocolate *


Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by music. With * Brian Berrebbi * Millie Cho * Shannon Manning * Tiffany Morningstar * Mike Rose * Teri Talbot * Paul Sullivan *


Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by audience Christmas carols. With * Brett Christensen * Charlie Sanders * John Reynolds * Mike Rose * Paul Sullivan * Teri Talbot * Billy Hot Chocolate * Brian Berrebbi * Shannon Manning *


Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by musical guest Roland Satterwhite on guitar, violin and vocals to inspire improvisers * Brian Berrebbi * Matt Pack * Paul Sullivan * Mike Rose * Teri Talbot * Shannon Manning *


Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at Parkside Lounge.Beauty Love Truth musical guest Chris Mills on guitar and vocals to inspire improvisers * Brian Berrebbi * Millie Cho * Amey Goerlich * Terry Jinn * Shannon Manning * Mike Rose * Erik Tanouye * Charlie Sanders *


Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at Parkside Lounge.Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by musical guest Dave Foster of Bubble on guitar and vocals and featuring Eric Appel * Brian Berrebbi * Millie Cho * Jackie Clarke * Christina Gausas * Shannon Manning * Mike Rose *


Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at Parkside Lounge.Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by musical guest Greg Peterson on baritone ukulele and vocals, featuring * Brian Berrebbi * Millie Cho * Brian Fountain * Shannon Manning * Kevin Mullaney * Risa Sang-urai * Ptolemy Slocum *


Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at Parkside Lounge.Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by musical guest John Dyer featuring * Brian Berrebbi * Millie Cho * Shannon Manning * Tiffany Morningstar * Matt Pack * Mike Rose * Teri Talbot * Matt Walsh *


Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by musical guest Dave Foster of Bubble featuring * Steve Buck * Terry Jinn * Brian Berrebbi * Shannon Manning * Millie Cho * Matt Pack * Dave McKeel * Brian Glaser *


Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by music featuring * Brian Berrebbi * Millie Cho * Shannon Manning * Jackie Clarke * Dave McKeel * Terry Jinn * Matt Pack * Charlie Sanders * Chris Kula


Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth improv inspired by musical guest John Dyer featuring * Terry Jinn * Brian Berrebbi * Shannon Manning * Millie Cho * Matt Pack * Teri Talbot * Mike Rose *


Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at Parkside Lounge. Beauty Love Truth * Millie Cho * Brian Berrebbi * Mike Rose * Phoebe Kemble * Paul Sullivan * Andy Dickerson * Shannon Manning *


Wednesday August 27th, 2003 at 9:30pm at the PIT. Chris Mills played his happily doomed love songs to inspire improvisers: Millie Cho, Christina Gausas, Terry Jinn, Ivan Lerner, Mike Ludwig, Shannon Manning, Dave McKeel, Matt Pack, Ben Rodgers, Ed Snible.


Wednesday August 20th, 2003 at 9:30pm at the PIT. James Eason played his lovely lonely sax to inspire improvisers: Tara Copeland, Christina Gausas, Terry Jinn, Marc Liepis, Mike Ludwig, Shannon Manning, Doug Moe, Matt Pack, Ed Snible. (You can hear James Eason’s sax on my short The Day’s Last Peace Bear.)


Wednesday August 13th, 2003 at 9:30pm at the PIT. Dave Foster from Bubble played his quirky, melodic, and sadly upbeat songs to inspire improvisers: Brian Berrebbi, Christina Gausas, Jeff Greenspan, James Eason, Ivan Lerner, Mike Ludwig, Shannon Manning, Matt Pack, and Ben Rodgers.


Wednesday August 6th, 2003 at 9:30pm at the PIT. Nate Shelkey played his swinging and hearty songs to inspire improvisers: Steve Buck, Brian Berrebbi, Millie Cho, Billy Hot Chocolate, Christina Gausas, Shannon Manning, Dyna Moe, Bernie Kravitz, and more!


Sunday, July 13th, 2003 at 2:00 pm.A special installment for the Del Close Marathon at the UCB. Beauty Love Truth and Then We’ll Have World Peace. Roland Satterwhite on violin, guitar, and vocals. Brian Berrebbi, Jackie Clarke, Brian Fountain, Christina Gausas, Terry Jinn, Marc Liepis, Mike Ludwig, Shannon Manning, and Paul Scheer.The story goes that Brian Wilson dug How to Speak Hip by John Brent and Del Close and took to sprinkling his conversation with Brent’s hipster character’s “…and then we’ll have world peace.” “Someone hand me a candybar…and then we’ll have world peace.” He even wanted to title Let’s Go Away For Awhile on Pet Sounds And Then We’ll Have World Peace.


Thursday, March 27th, 2003. 9-11pm at Parkside Lounge. 317 East Houston FREE. Pipe Up!magazine release party/show, #4. Musical guests Deb Magocsi and Jenn Ward start us off with some accordion songs about debauchery and vice, then Lee Feldman plays songs to inspire Beauty Love Truth improvisers, including Brian Fountain, Jeff Greenspan, Phil Shane, Shannon Manning, and Ed Herro, Conrad Mulcahy, and Brian Donovan from Littleman.


Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 7pm at The BAGGOT INN 82 W 3rd St NY. An evening of fantastic musical acts hosted by Dave Foster, with short improv sets between from Beauty Love Truth performers including Brian Berrebbi, Julie Brister, Brian Fountain, Shannon Manning, Dave Martin, Phil Shane, Eliza Skinner, Ed Snible, and more! 7-Lianne Smith, 7:30-Jason Lewis, 8-Matt Keating, 8:30-Dina Finai, 9-Lee Feldman, 9:30-John Margolis


Sunday, July 7th, 2002 at 2:30pm The Del Close Marathon edition featured: Musical guest: James Eason on sax Improvisers: Tara Copeland, Dannah Feinglass, John Gemberling, Curtis Gwinn, Terry Jinn, Bernie Kravitz, Ivan Lerner, Mike Ludwig, Shannon Manning, Seth Morris, Amy Rhodes, Paul Scheer, Ed Snible. UCB


WEDNESDAY, MAY 15TH, 2002 AT 8PM Blu Lounge in Williamsburg, BROOKLYN 197 Driggs at North 8th (L train to Bedford)Lianne Smith provided songs to inspire longform improvisers such as: James Eason, John Gemberling, Terry Jinn, Shannon Manning, Ed Snible.The delightful Sean Conroy started the show with some standup comedy.


Friday, April 26th, 2002, from 7-9. Parkside Lounge Matthew Caws of Nada Surf provided music to inspire the improvisation. Patrick Borelli was on the standup mic. Improvisers were James Eason, Shannon Manning, Ed Snible.


January 17th, 2002. Blu Lounge in Williamsburg.Lianne Smith played songs to inspire improvisation by James Eason, Shannon Manning, Ed Snible, Jane Borden, Bernie Kravitz. Special guests: comics Slovin and Allen. This is now a liquor store a block from where we’re shooting the new video version!