Tom Murrin, aka the Alien Comic, died two years ago, leaving a void in the downtown performance community. The unlikely art star, who began his professional life as a lawyer in Beverly Hills, moved to Manhattan in the mid 1960s, where he started writing plays. Later he acted as well, following his bliss into a full-blown, mess-making mobile nursery school showcased at P.S. 122 in its glory years. A mentor to innovators like Lucy Sexton and Annie Iobst of Dancenoise, Mimi Goese, and Jo Andres, he corralled them into a series of “Full Moon Shows,” and covered theater for PAPER magazine for 16 years. The Tom Murrin Full Moon Performance Festival celebrates his life and works, wrapping a history of Off-Off-Broadway in performances and readings by film and stage actors including Steve Buscemi, Karen Finley, Jennifer Miller, Sharon Hayes, and others, and saucing everything with discussions, exhibitions of his visual productions and videos, and street shows, culminating in a parade around La MaMa’s many East Village spaces.
Mondays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 17. Continues through April 27, 2014