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New York Is Oregon Territory: Sixth Ave & West Fourth Street/A Plimpton-Plympton Landmark

November 22nd, 2010 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · Scorecard series, Side Notes

“I met a boy named Frank Mills/ On September 12th right here, in front of the Waverly”

October 17, 1967:  The landmark musical Hair opens, with Shelley Plimpton singing the plaintive love ballad “Frank Mills”, about a boy she met at the Waverly Theater in New York’s Greenwich Village.

October 6, 2010: Idiots and Angels opens at the IFC Theater in New York’s Greenwich Village with writer-producer-director Bill Plympton acting as his own distributor.

The connection between these two Plimpton/Plympton debuts?

IFC Theater is “the Waverly “, aka the Waverly Theater, under a new name.



Distantly related Shelley Plimpton and Bill Plympton each traveled 3000 miles (from Roseburg, Oregon and from Oregon City, respectively) for their Waverly/IFC dates with destiny.

This strange but true confluence of theater, film and Oregon history is brought to you by Oregon Cartoon Institute.

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