" My credentials are growing up in Chicago, in Hyde Park - born in 1945."
I lived in Hyde Park (1364 Madison Park) in the 1950's. Also on Cornell Street.
Had a folk trio there in the "Folk Scare" era at the Fickle Pickle...owned by Mike. Dick Gregory used to come down for impromptu sets.
"Was in attendance at the first U of C Folk Festival,"
I remember when Mike Fleischer first promoted them. I was on one of them.
" Severn Darden presented his Theory of Resistentialism. "
Severn was known for conducting a "black mass" in Rockerfeller Chapel at the U. of C.
He paraded around in a costume reminiscent of "The Phantom of the Opera" long before Lloyd-Weber scared it up. Severn went to a cocktail party at some place like the Empire Room, removed his tux coat and displayed a t-shirt with a tux tie painted on it.
Severn was not easilly up-staged (with an exception at a party I once gave with the Clancy Brothers in attendance).
"Inman and Ira (both drinking buddies)? "
Local impresario Frank Fried and I did a demo with Inman and Ira attempting to interest a recording company in them. A short, stout, cigar smoking A and R man attended the session and insisted that they could not do an acapella chain gang song (which they did admirably) because "the kids wouldn't like it. They wanted saxes." I was so disgusted I walked out of the session. I really felt bad for Inman and Ira.
" and my grandfather is mentioned on liner notes of Carter Family recordings because he was instrumental in bring them to prominence."
Was he an associate of Ralph Peer?
"Are my credentials okay?"
Fortunately, Mudcat doesn't care if you're up for part. Anyone can participate and generally does.
"I'm now an actress in NY - living, of course, in the Village. "
I remember when I was living with a friend on MacDougal Street, you could walk the streets at midnight and it was the same as walking during the day. Totally safe. I hung out at Izzy Young's Folklore Center during the day and was regular at Washington Square.
The Village was great during the Fifties but probably reached it's zenith in the Twenties and Thirties.
Do you train at Neighborhood Playhouse with Meisner or Strassburg's studio? Cassavetes used to have an improv class in the Village. Al Arkin made a break from the folk scene there. Knew him in LA.