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His Shakespearean Theatre
is an enlarged and mounted version of 
Peter Jackson's Elizabethan Theatre
enlarged to doll house dimensions (1"=1') 
complete with lights and sound. 

Early in '97 Jon Bankert [bankert@att.net] urged Gigi Sandberg by phone to create a personal website to display her Toy Theatres,  explaining how simply he had done one for the Friary with Word Perfect 7.  See [http://www.vestpocket.info] for his Toy Theatre pages.  As a result this Web Site soon surfaced for all to enjoy!  

Jon and Gigi actually met for the first time at the Puppeteers of America Regional Festival in Virginia in summer 98. . . going together to visit [Rick Shelley] at the Serenissima Theatre in Baltimore.  (See [Description] ).

This visit was probably the inspiration for the permanent performance miniature theatre that Jon is now planning.  See the playbills he has sent us for his shows:  [ The address and phone in these playbills is historic.  See below ]
 The Tempest  (March 2003)
Tales of St. Francis  (Aug.2002) 
A Christmas Carol  (Dec.2001)
Sweeney Todd  (May 2001)
Peter Pan  (Dec. 2000)
Euripedes  (July 2000) 
N E W S   From:
"Jon Bankert" <bankert@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Vest Pocket Playhouse News!
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 08:10:26 -0400


Dear Friends,

Over the course of this summer, the Vest Pocket Playhouse will be closing its doors at Little Portion Friary in Long Island, and moving to St. Elizabeth's Friary in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.

After fifteen years, I have been reassigned by the Society of St. Francis to live again at St. Elizabeth's Friary.  I was one of the friars who originally purchased an abandoned building from New York City in the early 1980's, and rebuilt it to become St. Elizabeth's Friary. So this is something of a homecoming for me.

After appearing at the 17th Preetzer Papiertheatertreffen and the Hanau Papiertheater Museum in Germany this September, I intend to get down to business in Brooklyn. I hope to have the Vest Pocket Playhouse
re-established at St. Elizabeth's Friary in time for a Christmas program.

Thank you all for your support of the Vest Pocket Playhouse over the years at Little Portion Friary. And I look forward to welcoming you to the Vest Pocket Playhouse at St. Elizabeth's!

Peace and Blessing,

Br. Jon Bankert, SSF
St. Elizabeth's Friary
1474 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 455-5963
(631) 897-1533 (cell)
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