2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival – “On The Nose” – Mark Jaster & Sabrina Mandell

‘on the nOse’

Directed by Elena Day and written by Antony Bolante


Mark Jaster

Sabrina Mandell

A wonderful program that incorporates video interviews with different clown professionals and on stage ‘clown’ business that helps explain the art form and it’s many different traditions.

Sabrina Mandell and Mark Jaster begin the show with some funny business.

The professor uses a new machine that monitors ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ answers.

Sabrina Mandell is the candidate for this new device.

The professor demonstrates many different props used by many different types of clowns over the years.

Sabrina gets a hold of one of the ‘traditional’ clown props and questions it’s use.

After much discussion about ‘pie in the face’ Sabrina decides she wants the honors.

Audience member Carol Sirugo gets the honors of doing the ‘pie in the face’.

The professor looks at Sabrina with question as she reads the ‘survey’ that the audience participated in.

The Professor (Mark Jaster) questions the power of the jester stick.

Mark and Sabrina finish the show with a nice little song that they play.

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Each clown is the expression of a unique comedic soul, so the connection he makes is uniquely personal.

It’s a direct connection that ignores the usual barriers between artist and audience. Yet, by embodying our most basic qualities, the clown’s appeal is also universal. Through laughter, clowns restore our spirit and rekindle out sense of play. They understand that laughter is more than the sound of joy. It’s the sign of our humanity, and it signals our recognition of the humanity of others. To inspire laughter is to inspire compassion, empathy, even fraternity. Clowns are important not because they can change the world, but because they believe then can. Laugh a little. Open your heart.

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Jim R. Moore


Photographer/Videographer/Recluse Founder of Vaudevisuals.com