Remembering Tom Murrin, Legendary Performance Art Pioneer

Tom Murrin. Photo via PAPERMAG.

Yesterday, we received the sad news that legendary performance art pioneer and playwright Tom Murrin has died of cancer. Murrin was a downtown original, heavily involved in the avant-garde theater movement, beginning at LaMaMa in the 1960s. He performed around town as “Tom ‘Trash’ Murrin” in the 1970s and in the ’80s, launched his celebrated Full Moon shows, performing as his alter-ego, The Alien Comic.

Every full moon, like clockwork, Murrin and his Full Moon Crew of downtown denizens could be seen at PS 122 performing their wacky and hilarious rituals to the lunar goddess, Luna Macaroona.