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The Hill: A Thieves Theatre Podcast

24 EpisodesProduced by Untamed NetworkWebsite

Artist/activists Nick Fracaro and Gabriele Schafer tell the story of their three years living in the “tipi on the hill,” by way of their radical alternative theater work leading up to it, their 40+ year creative partnership, and reflections on a life lived together at the intersection of art, cultur… read more


Ep 6: Ascetics, Thieves, Foragers, Citizens – Part 2

Nick and Gabriele continue to profile their neighbors on The Hill, highlighting Louie, Indian Jim, Ace, Juan, Sammy, and Lisa.  

Running partners Louie and Jim were the last of the “Bowery bums.” They had used the weed-covered Hill to sleep off their binge nights on the Bowery years before any huts were built there. Louie had become almost the mascot of the “homeless man,” featured in numerous articles centered on homelessness.

Juan was the hardworking, guileless 40-year-old child, and supplier of “good wood.”

Enterprising Sammy was the first to bring electricity to the encampment when he siphoned it from city streetlights. He built the largest hut on the Hill, dubbing it “La Ponderosa” in large letters on its outside wall.  

#homelessencampment #guerrillaart #conceptualart #outlaws

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