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“Delusions of Grandeur” – Clown Cabaret – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure

“This brainchild of the three producers of Washington DC’s Clown Cabaret is a new narrative about reaching for the stars and spectacular failure. A classically-trained actor, a pompous clown, and a reluctant emcee try to create epic theater. The show devolves into Shakespeare, pies, and laughter. As the action progresses, so do mayhem and absurdity.The thin line between success and failure is explored as homage is paid to Vaudeville, Shakespeare, Film Noir, and French Surrealism. This show explores the past, present, and future of the Clown.

Matthew Pauli, Karen Beriss and Rich Potter formed Clown Cabaret in 2010 as a laboratory for physical comedy in the nation’s capital, and this is the first full-length work to emerge.”

Cartoon like mafia mavens make their way into the show.

Is that a big chicken I see?

I almost got a pie in the face from this giant chicken. Hysterical!

Matthew Pauli gets the pie in the face.

Rich Potter performing as the magician.

Matthew sings a little song on his uke.

Rich Potter, Matthew Pauli and Karen Beriss as Clown Cabaret.

Rich Potter, Matthew Pauli and Karen Beriss take their curtain call.

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“In the Boudoir” – Summer Shapiro – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure

“Matters of the heart can be messy and In The Boudoir delights in making a mess. San Francisco comedienne Summer Shapiro, returns to the New York Clown Theatre Festival for her fourth time with this deceptively simple story of a young female clown’s love life. Veering erratically and erotically between exactitude and befuddlement, control and rashness, beauty and broken, Shapiro plays with the consuming need to be liked and revels in the futility of such a hunger.”

Summer Shapiro upsets the scene with clown like absurdity.

Summer finds a volunteer audience member to partake in her festivities.

Summer Shapiro and volunteer enjoy dinner for two.

Summer Shapiro lets down the ‘bed’ to make the boudoir complete.

Pillow fight ensues as the couple gets upset.

Keith Nelson (a 2nd Volunteer) fights with the first volunteer for Summer’s love.

Keith Nelson and audience volunteer duel for the love of Summer.

Curtain call for the cast members.

Summer Shapiro takes a moment.

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For more information about Summer Shapiro go here!

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“Handshake Uppercut” – Jay Dunn & John Leo – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Handshake Uppercut

Jay Dunn and John Leo – From Brooklyn, NY

(Notes from NY Clown Theatre Brochure)

Two gentleman brawlers drag each other through eternity with only each other’s courtesy and cruelty to keep them alive. A hysterical, brawling clash of 1920’s silent film and rock ‘n’ roll vaudeville, Handshake Uppercut is an unabashedly dark, erotic, edgy, and super funny experience. Oscillating between gleeful savagery and seething politesse, Fringe circuit veterans John Leo (Best of Fringe, SF: ’03/’08) and Jay Dunn (Edinburgh & Philadelphia ‘10) take silent comedy to its outer limits in this hilarious Beckettian duel. Straight off a successful run at the Chicago Fringe 2012, Handshake Uppercut debuted at the NY Clown Theatre Festival cabaret in 2010.

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For more information on Jay Dunn and John Leo’s show go here:

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“Don’t run, RUSH!” – Mona Ray – Finland – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Don’t run, RUSH!

Directed by Lilli Sukula-Lindblom

(Description from NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure)

This absurdly fascinating comedy comes straight from Finland, known for its wintery darkness and summery light, where people neither talk, kiss, nor laugh out loud. The bold and hot-blooded Mona Ray conjures up therapeutic as well as hysterical and infectious laughter. Don’t run, RUSH! features four different pictures of reality in its most absurd forms. A one-woman show where the viewer is never safe. The feeling of danger brings that extra spice to this comedy act where the recipient gives and all is taken.

In this presentation, believe it or not, the audience really wants to participate! Come along and experience Mona’s incredible characters!

Mona Ray takes the stage with much charm and silliness.

Mona Ray tries to get her electronic device to work.

Mona Ray needs to find a husband in the audience.

A gentleman is volunteered for the position of ‘husband’.

Mona and other audience members get their ‘wedding’ picture taken.

Mona Ray changes her identity to a business man giving out diplomas.

Mona Ray awards audience member Mandi a diploma.

Volunteers from the audience participate in an ‘art project’ performance.

The  ‘art project’ involved blowing up paper bags and popping them.

Mona Ray changed her identity into a chef with toilet cleaning brush.

Mona Ray removing her tie forcefully.

Swinging her clothes in the air and dancing was the culmination of a wild show.

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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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“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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