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The Clown UnMasked Series – A Comprehensive List 2010 – 2016

The Clown UnMasked

In 2010 I had a concept in my head one day that I should photograph my favorite subjects (Clowns) without their performance costume and makeup and match it with a performance shot. The ‘Unmask’ shot would be black and white and the performance shot in color.  I decided to call it The Clown UnMask. I began shooting in Feb. 2010 with one of the funniest clowns I know and admire. Glen Heroy.

I followed up with many more (almost 50) until I stopped shooting the series in 2016. Here is a comprehensive list of the performers (with links to the original posts) I documented in my ‘hallway’ studio. In the order in which I photographed them. Full post are reached by using the links. Some portrait are provided for visual excitement!

(The wall came down in 2016 so the series was discontinued)

Matt Mitler

Clowns ExMachina

John Leo

Eric Davis

Hilary Chaplain

Audrey Crabtree

Keith Nelson

Ambrose Martos

Joel Jeske

Amy Gordon

Rob Torres

Patrick de Valette

Tiffany Riley

Dick Monday

Julie Ferrier

Fred Blin

Tanya Elchuk

Nina Levine

Hew Parham

Mark Gindick

Peter Daniel Straus

Kevin C. Carr

Jeff Hess

Chris Allison

Drew Richardson

Lilli Sukula Lindblom

Mona Ray

Thom Monckton

Sampo Kurppa

Jenny Lee Mitchell

Michael Trautman

Jennifer Sargent

Maja Bieler

Helen Donnelly

James Godwin

Avner Eisenberg

Summer Shapiro

Neil Arthur James

Gustavo Pace

Didi Sanchezco

Kenny Raskin

Mooky Cornish

Adam Kuchler

Barry Lubin

Daniel Passer

Angela Delfini

Armitage Shanks

Matt Roper

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Flashback – ‘Bouffon Glass Menajoree” at The Brick

Directed by Eric Davis. Here is what he had to say about the show.

“Grotesque in nature, often physically deformed, the bouffon is the outcast shunned by society and told to live outside of the village. On rare occasions, they are asked to perform for the pleasure of those who previously persecuted them. On these occasions the bouffons willingly accept. (What choice do they have? Perform or be killed!) Thus, these hideous creatures enter the circle of society once more, light on their feet, eternally smiling with hateful eyes. Charming, entertaining and smart, they plan to take the piss out of you all!”Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 2.01.11 AM

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 2.08.39 AM Amanda (Aimee German) Laura (Audrey Crabtree)Tom (Lynn Berg),

Time to bring this show back? Certainly seems like it…

Produced by Ten Directions & Aimee German

Written by Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree, Eric Davis & Aimee German

Directed by Eric Davis

Bouffon Wrangling by Melinda McEndarfer Krumm

Scenic Design by Eric Davis

Light Design by Miriam Nilofa Crowe

Original Music by Eric Davis

CAST:

Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree and Aimee German

Last produced at The Brick in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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2014 New York Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret – Sept 18th, 2014

2nd Installment of the Clown Cabaret had “Deenie Nast” hosting the evenings festivities.

Deenie Nast performs at Clown CabaretDeenie Nast (Audrey Crabtree) was the hostess with the mostess at the Clown Cabaret.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_063Tiny and Tall from San Francisco showed an excerpt from their show “LOCKED UP”

Jeroen Bouwhuis performs at the Clown CabaretJeroen Bouwhuis from Amsterdam, Holland performed an excerpt from his show “A Few of My Favorite Things”.

Sexy dancers Animal CrackersAlso on stage were the wild and wonderful, sexy eccentric dancers ‘Animal Crackers’.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_206An innocent audience member got recruited to help Deenie get her shorts on. He actually held her up while substitute Nurse Minnie put them on.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_249Moving the show along were the two hysterical ‘mock opera’ men “The Donovan Ensemble”.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_315After getting nursed with some ‘pills’ Deenie Nast leans on the wall to introduce the next act.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_338Direct from “Queen of the Night” Revue clown, magician and madcap performer Dmitri Hatton turn up the heat.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_420Adding a delightful visual twist to the show was Flash Rosenberg who drew some wonderful icons based on audience comments.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_378By the end of the show Deenie had consumed too much liquid and pills. Off to bed for our princess MC.

The music was provided by Miriam Daly.

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Thursday Sept 25th will be the next Clown Cabaret. Hosted by Summer Shapiro.

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For more information on the Clown Festival go here.

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“Whoa Wednesday” – A Variety Review at Triskelion Arts – May 15th, 2013

Billy Schultz introduces the MCBilly Schultz introduces the MC Tanya Solomon

2013.05.15_WhoaWed.012Tanya Solomon begins the show with some  introductions.

2013.05.15_WhoaWed.035Jessina Jessina impersonating the artist known as ‘Shakira”.

Adina Valerio as Agnes OlmsteadAdina Valerio as Agnes Olmstead performing a new piece for her upcoming show.

Kareem Woods performs a hip-hop danceKareem Woods performs a hip-hop dance.

Adam Torres performs a funny standup routine.Adam Torres performs a funny standup routine.

Audrey Crabtree performs as a abandon baby.Audrey Crabtree performs as a ‘abandon’ baby.

Barbara Como sings an Irving Berlin song.Barbara Como sings an Irving Berlin song.

Zhanna Gomanenko and Bon Provenzano perform a tango.Zhanna Gomanenko and Bon Provenzano perform a tango.

2013.05.15_WhoaWed.244Curtain Call for the Whoa Wednesday cast of performers.

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‘Bouffon Glass Menajoree’ – at The Brick Theater – Brooklyn

Tom (Lynn Berg), Laura (Audrey Crabtree) and Amanda (Aimee German) at the kitchen table.

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BOUFFON GLASS MENAJOREE

A parody of a beloved American Classic

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Produced by Ten Directions & Aimee German

Written by Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree, Eric Davis & Aimee German

Directed by Eric Davis

Bouffon Wrangling by Melinda McEndarfer Krumm

Scenic Design by Eric Davis

Light Design by Miriam Nilofa Crowe

Original Music by Eric Davis

CAST:

Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree and Aimee German

Amanda (Aimee German)  is quite the character in this play. In more ways than one!

TOM (Lynn Berg) is great in this wonderful farce take off of the Tennessee William’s play.

Laura (Audrey Crabtree) is looking for someone to marry. Would you like to make an offer?

All the characters are wild and wonderful in this rendition of the play.

Aimee German has lots of secrets that you discover in the play.

TOM (Lynn Berg)leans on the wall while talking to the audience.

Laura and Tom have some family fun. Not out of limits in this play.

Laura (Audrey Crabtree) winds her music box and looks at Tom.

Amanda, Tom and Laura in a nice family moment.

Laura (Audrey Crabtree) and Tom (Lynn Berg) descent into the kitchen table where they came from.

The story line is a roller coaster of fun and visual delight. I can only say that you should see it to believe it!

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‘Curtain call’ shot with the innocent audience member James who was called up to marry Laura.

For more information on this Bouffon Glass Menajoree go here.

 

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“Saucisse: A Foo Musical” – Helen Donnelly – Toronto, Canada – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure:

“Foo, a skeptical, nomadic peddler, strikes an unlikely friendship with Saucisse, a new-age vegetarian pig. Foo is horrified when he discovers the awful truth about Saucisse’s Divine Plan. Will Foo make the right choice and honor his friend’s wishes? Or take action and alter the pig’s destiny? Find out in this clown musical about friendship, fate, and meat.”

Foo opens the show with a Cowboy character.

Foo gets caught in the spotlight of the authorities.

‘Foo’s tragic end…’

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For more information on Helen Donnelly go here!

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Clown Cabaret 9/27 – hosted by Billy and Audrey – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Billy Schultz (Phil) and Audrey Crabtree (Maggie) attend an evening performance in the park.

While attending the performance in the park they host the cabaret.

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Carol Sirugo and Jonathan Kaplan

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Will Shaw

Will Shaw gets the spinning top moving in space.

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Maggie and Phil get closer together on their date in the park.

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Zero Boy

Zero Boy performans his magical voice sound effects.

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Pearl the Mime

Pearl the Mime arrives on stage with a beautiful white costume.

Pearl the Mime performs a lovely mime tale.

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Dante – The Magician

An amazing talent for magic and close up.

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Jeff Seal and Buttons

Buttons and Jeff perform some funny comedy.

Jeff Seal and Buttons stir up the audience with laughter.

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Sampo Kurppa

Sampo Kurppa entertains the audience with his ridiculous coat hang up.

Sampo Kurppa juggles with amazing finesse.

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Maggie and Phil get crazy when they get a bottle of wine.

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Miguel Suero cleans up the mess as a janitor character.

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Helen Donnelly

Helen Donnelly performs an excerpt from her ‘Foo Musical’.

Helen Donnelly is Foo in this delightful excerpt from ‘Saucisse. A Foo Musical.’

Helen Donnelly’s “Foo” strikes a pose for the photographer.

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Audrey Crabtree – “One of Us! A Bouffon Emersion” workshop – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

The workshop description read:

“Spend two days embedded in the world of the bouffon! Learn to translate your observations and frustration with society, systems, and stereotypes into playful dynamic theater work. Through pre-table work and physical play you will develop a unique core character from the inside out. Working in packs you will practice the skills, tools, and tactics of bouffon and begin to find your endless voice. Come to birth a new character or deepen an existing bouffon. Be prepared to move, play hard, and become ONE OF US!”

I arrived on the 2nd day of the workshop and the workshop participants were already preparing themselves for an improv. I was able to capture a series of trios and got a wonderful group shot.
Audrey helps a workshop participant get his costume ready.
Two workshop participants help one another get ready for improv.
First group of workshop participants doing their improv.
Audrey  helps the improv out with some direction.
Second group does their improv.
Class photograph taken at workshop space in Triskelion Arts.
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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!

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2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival – The Brick Theater – Sept 7th thru 30th

The NY Clown Theatre Festival began it’s month long run with a delightful CLOWN PARADE that began at Union Square, NYC and ended at THE BRICK THEATER in Williamsburg.

Of course all the clowns took the L Train and walked with Police Escorts thru the streets of Williamsburg.

Here are a few photographs from that event!

Tanya Solomon – Clown Parade Coordiantor

Hilary Chaplain – Pie Fight Ref

Parade Bystander that got ‘clown nosed’.

Gustavo Pace with a nice clown costume.

Jeff Seal and Friend and Clown Theatre Festival Sign

Fairy Tale Lady…

Robert Honeywell performing as Marilyn Monroe on the vent at Union Square.

Summer the Clown and Audrey Crabtree.

Gustavo trying to get into the L Train going to Williamsburg…

Clowns parading down the avenue in Williamburg.

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Stay tuned to Vaudevisuals.com for more photo coverage of the shows and event of 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival