Who’s Who of characters (real & fictional)
that appeared in Cosmic Trigger Play 2017.
Robert Anton Wilson (played by Oliver Senton) — aka Bob; the central character who’s extraordinary life and times are documented in his book Cosmic Trigger; co-author with Robert Shea of The Illuminatus! Trilogy.
Arlen Wilson (played by Kate Alderton) — Bob’s wife and fellow cosmic explorer. A poet, writer, and activist in the anti-war movement & early second-wave feminism. Arlen & Bob married in 1958 and had four children.
Luna Wilson (played by Dixie McDevitt) — aka Patricia; youngest daughter of Bob and Arlen; psychically closest to Bob of his children; became the first person to have her brain preserved by the Bay Area Cryonics Society.
Karuna Wilson (played by Carrie Marx) — aka Christina; oldest daughter of Bob and Arlen; current manager of Bob’s estate.
Graham Wilson (played by Leigh Kelly) — Son of Bob.
Dr Timothy Leary (played by Jethro Skinner) — Harvard psychology lecturer; infamous advocate of LSD; writer on psychedelics, consciousness, transhumanism; dubbed “the most dangerous man in America” by Richard Nixon.
Aleister Crowley (played by Tom Baker) — aka “The wickedest man in the world”; 19th/20th c. occultist, poet, painter, & novelist; founder of Thelema; hugely influential today – voted 73/100 Greatest Britons.
William S. Burroughs (played by guest performers) — major postmodernist author, painter, and spoken word performer; a primary figure of the Beat Generation; the first person to notice the “23 Enigma“.
Alan Watts (played by Jethro Skinner) — British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker; known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy (particularly Zen Buddhism) for a Western audience.
Jano Watts (played by Carrie Marx) — Alan Watts’ third and final wife; aka Mary Jane Yates King.
Kerry Thornley (played by Lee Ravitz) — aka Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst; co-creator with friend Greg Hill of Discordianism and Principia Discordia; linked by synchronicity (or madness) to JFK’s assassination.
Gary Kirstein (played by Josh Darcy) — shadowy figure who spins Kerry Thornley deep into Chapel Perilous; may or may not exist outside of Kerry’s nervous system… or may be CIA spook E. Howard Hunt (of Watergate fame).
Slim Brooks (played by Leigh Kelly) — Associate of Gary Kirstein; first person Kerry Thornley met in New Orleans; thought to be Jerry Milton Brooks, former Guy Banister employee and member of The Minutemen.
Jacques Vallée (played by Claudia Boulton) — venture capitalist, computer scientist, author, ufologist and former NASA astronomer; defender of the scientific legitimacy of the extraterrestrial hypothesis.
Albert Hofmann (played by Larry Sidorczuk) — Swiss scientist who was first person to synthesize & ingest the psychedelic drug LSD. Famously he rode home on a bicycle during his first intentional acid trip in 1943.
Ken Campbell (played by Josh Darcy) — English writer, actor, director and comedian known for his work in experimental theatre; staged The Illuminatus! in Liverpool 23/11/76, then in London at the National.
Chris Langham — English writer, actor, and comedian known for The Thick of It, People Like Us, and Not The Nine O’Clock News. Co-adapter, with Ken Campbell, of The Illuminatus!
Goat Man (played by Leigh Kelly) — The man who tended the live stage goats (and goats blood props) during Ken’s Illuminatus!, frequently seen naked backstage.
Barney Muldoon (played by Oliver Senton) — a detective who, with Saul Goodman, investigates the bombing of Confrontation magazine and disappearance of its editor. Thus the rabbit hole of The Illuminatus! begins…
George Dorn (played by Lee Ravitz) — staff writer for Confrontation magazine; later initiated into the Legion of Dynamic Discord by Mavis and Hagbard Celine; becomes the neophyte Chaoist set loose on the world.
Hagbard Celine (played by Jethro Skinner) — Charismatic Leader of the Legion of Dynamic Discord; captain of the Leif Erikson; author of Never Whistle While You Are Pissing; Fifth Illuminatus Primi.
Mavis (played by Carrie Marx) — an aspect of The Goddess; a transcendentally illuminated Marilyn Monroe; helps to initiate George Dorn into the Legion of Dynamic Discord; one of the former Illuminati Primi.
Simon Moon (played by Lee Ravitz) — Ancient Babylonian Chaoist set loose in modern time; avowed goal: to set termites at the bases of the pillars of civilization.
Padre Pederastia (played by Claudia Boulton) — leads SSS Black Mass; real name is Father James Flanagan; his brother Milo is a fourth degree Illuminatus.
The Goddess Eris (played by Claudia Boulton) — Greek goddess of chaos and discord; aka Discordia to Romans; patron deity of Discordianism; her symbol is the Golden Apple, with which she started the Trojan War.
Ishtar (played by guest performers) — worshipped by mortals for more than 5000 years, as the Goddess of fertility, love, war, and power, but especially sex.
FUCKUP (played by Alan Moore) — First Universal Cybernetic Kinetic Ultramicro-Programmer is the most intelligent computer in the world; designed by Hagbard; predicts future trends with I Ching sticks.
Apple Pip (played by guest performers) — Just when you’re not expecting it, a surprise star bursts forth from Eris’ devious golden apple and a performance piece ensues…