Real Realism: An Art Manifesto for the Disenchanted


This is the opening salvo for a multi-media, one-woman performance piece I am currently writing for Zoe Anastassiou, Mama Dada. It is loosely based on the life of the Godmother of New York Dada, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.

About the Actress: Zoe Anastassiou is a Greek-Aussie-British actress. She was last seen on stage in Carolyn Gage’s new play Easter Sunday at The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival where she won the Eva Gore-Booth Award for Best Female Performance, and can next be seen in the festival circuit short film The Betrothed starring Gale Howard. Zoe can currently be heard as podcast regular Maddie the 8 yr old CEO on How We Manage Stuff, and daily, she can be seen in her 365 Blog videos. See more at


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About Author


Mark Blickley is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center as well as the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Scholarship Award for Drama. He is the author of Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press), Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes from the Underground (Moira Books) and the forthcoming text based art chapbook, Dream Streams (Clare Songbirds Publishing). His video, Speaking in Bootongue, was selected to the London Experimental Film Festival. He is a 2018 Audie Award Finalist for his contribution to the original audio book, Nevertheless We Persisted.

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