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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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Will Shaw – DEADPAN ALLEY – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Will Shaw


In Deadpan Alley, Will Shaw uses his skills as a juggler and musician to explore the big questions such as: Huh? . . . and: What the . . . ?

Also featured will be random discourse as well as periodic non sequitur. Persons with a history of sensitivity to quandary or predicament should consult a doctor before attending this performance.

There certainly is a reason the show is called DEAD PAN ALLEY.

WillShaw balances a ball on a stick while playing classical piano.

A moment of reflection inbetween juggling and playing music.

WillShaw balances cigar boxes on his chin.

Will Shaw spins tops that spin in many different places.

The top spins and causes little pain to Will Shaw.

Will Shaw performs many wonderful top tricks.

An innocent audience member becomes a top spinning surface for Will Shaw.

Will Shaw discusses with the audience the many kinds of tops.

Will Shaw performs with many sized tops.

The ‘toy baby’ arm balances the spinning ball.

Will Shaw balances a ball on his head while juggling 3.

Will performs with the devil sticks.

Will finishes the show in clown shoes and clown nose (that lights up) playing BACH.

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2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival – “Unbearable Lightness” – Denni Dennis & Kate Taylor

Created and performed by Denni Dennis and Kate Taylor.

On assignment in New York, Screwtape and Wormwood have souls to corrupt. The Boss has given these poor devils the seemingly simple task of inflicting each of the seven deadly sins upon the unsuspecting folk of the City. With their wiles, suave tango moves, and even their pointe shoes, these fiends seduce the good people of NYC.

Will they succeed? Will you die laughing while they try? Nobody knows, but as unionized employees of Satan the devils get mandatory cigarette breaks. One day they listen to a local radio station and everything changes. Now these spawn of Satan meet their greatest challenge yet.

Denni Dennis  dressed in makeup and red clothes as ‘Wormwood”.
Dancing together seems to agree with both of them.
Denni Dennis (Wormwood) dances with an audience member.
Wormwood tries to entice the audience members with beer and chips.
Narrowing the candidates down to two Screwtape dances up a ‘disco’ storm.
In the final scene Kate (Screwtape) and Denni (Wormwood) are left alone in the quietness of solitude.
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2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret – Sept 13th, 2012

Hosted by Fantasy Grandma

Fantasy Grandma hosts the NY Clown Theatre Festival CABARET

Summer Shapiro dances with audience volunteer in excerpt from IN THE BOUDOIR

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Billy Schultz performing as Gooper Junior in the “Re-enactments of Country Life”.

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Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown perform in the “Vindlevoss Family Circus”.

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Z Smith performs as Pepito in ‘Pepito’s Big Date’.

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Fontaine and Bernie are Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith in “We’re Not Here”.

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Mona Ray performing an excerpt from her one-woman show “Don’t Run, RUSH!”

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Mister & Missus Clown perform in “Blind Love”.

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Check out the upccoming shows and Cabarets at The New York Clown Theatre Festival.


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2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival – PIE FIGHT – at The Brick Theater

PIE FIGHT @ New York Clown Theatre Festival

Every two years the BRICK THEATER in Williamsburg produces the NY Clown Theatre Festival. As part of the OPENING DAY Celebration they have a “PIE FIGHT”.
Inside the theater a plastic tent is constructed and many contestants await their turn to get their pie and enter the tent to COMPETE in the Pie Fight.
The referee for this event was none other than Hilary Chaplain ( and the event was coordinated by Billy Schultz. (
The festival is codirected by Audrey Crabtree and Robert Honeywell.
For more information about the Clown Theatre Festival visit The Brick website.
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“Fools for Love” – Small Matters Company – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Direct from Edmonton, Canada the SMALL MATTERS group presents FOOLS FOR LOVE  at The Brick Theater.

From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure

“Rocket and Sheshells take you on a hilarous roller-coaster ride of imagination, while they plummet straight into your heart”

Sheshells (Christine Lesiak) playing with her doll in FOOLS FOR LOVE.

Rocket (Adam Keefe) tries to impress his barbie companion.

Rocket and Sheshells check out the ‘personals’ in the local paper.

Sheshells tries to comfort Rocket during an accident.

Rocket demonstrates his ‘manliness’ to Sheshells.

Rocket listens for the ninjas inside the apartment.

Rocket and Sheshells take a roller coaster ride.

Rocket and Sheshells try and pry their hearts apart.

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2012 Best of Manitoba Fringe Festival

“riotous… extraordinary physical comedy.”
– 4/5 Stars, The Winnipeg Free Press

“sublime… this show is an absolute must see”
– 5/5 Stars, CBC Manitoba

Hope to see this company back in New York soon with their upcoming shows!

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Adam Gertsacov – “Buffoon Anonymous: 12 Steps to Inanity” – NY Clown Theatre Festival

The NY Clown Theatre Festival brochure read:

Buffoon Anonymous: 12 Steps to Inanity

“A fictional autobiographical  story about a clown who needs to quit – and can’t”

It was so much more!

Buffoon Anonymous: 12 Steps to Inanity

Written and performed by Adam G. Gertsacov

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“Machinations” – Cirque This – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

A visual, prop driven feast of comedy and great music!

The cast included:

Lauri Berritta, Andy Dickerson, Perry Garvin, Ethan Leinwand, and Jason Leinwand

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For more information on Cirque This visit this link!

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“What If I’m Dead” – Alan Fessenden – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

When Alan Fessenden first walked out on stage with his clod like walk and funny style talk I was wondering ‘where is this going”?

I am glad that I was there for this delightful tour-de-force clown show. It was hysterical, thought provoking and down right wonderful!

His character is Bartholomew!

Bartholomew enters the stage with his bottle ready to receive this ashes.

Bartholomew ponders the why and what of life.

Bartholomew drinks from the urn that will house his ashes.

Bartholomew describes a very small detail.

Bartholomew looking through an imaginary glass.

Bartholomew performing the ‘alligator’ at an imaginary party.

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NY Clown Theatre OPENING NIGHT Preview Cabaret – Sept 7th, 2012

At the end of the day (after the Clown Parade and Pie Fight) The New York Clown Theatre Festival hosted a PREVIEW CABARET with a sample selection of some of the upcoming shows scheduled for the Festival. Here is a few photographs taken at the PREVIEW CABARET!.

Audrey Crabtree and Robert Honeywell host the Opening Night Cabaret

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Cirque This presented an excerpt from their MACHINATIONS show.

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Poe and Mathews perform a misadventure in the middle of nowhere.

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Nina Levine performs an excerpt from her show THE QUITTER.

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Emmet and Merril Garrick perform an excerpt from their show TO OPERA WITH LOVE.

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Denni Dennis and Kate Taylor perform an excerpt from UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS

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Jeff Seal and Chris Manley perform  an excerpt from their show NEON LIGHTS.

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Alan Fessenden performs an excerpt from WHAT IF I’M DEAD.

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The Company “LA PIARA” from Mexico City perform an excerpt from GUERRA.

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Summer Shapiro performs an excerpt from IN THE BOUDOIR.

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Will Shaw performs and excerpt from his show DEADPAN ALLEY

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Small Matters Company from Edmonton, Canada performs FOOLS FOR LOVE.

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For more information on these and other NY Clown Theatre Shows go here!