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Commedia Company – at Cantina Royale, Monday – 12/17/18

I attended a rehearsal for the upcoming Commedia Company show which is this Monday at Cantina Royale in Williamsburg.

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Director: Virginia Scott

Nicholas Mayfield – Assistant Director, Roberto DiDonato – Assistant Director,

Peter Martin – Artistic Director, Lydia Bottom – Associate Producer

Cast: Brandt Adams, Will Clark, Virginia Scott, Jeff Seal, Christopher Traumantana.

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Here are some photographs from that evening. I was delightfully impressed by the hilarity that was present at the rehearsal. The show should be very funny!

A very informal talk by cast members about the content of the upcoming show.

Some Portraits of cast members with masks.

Its the only contemporary commedia show in town! Monday night December 17 in the back of a Mexican restaurant in hipper than hip hip hooray wonderful Williamsburg, 7 of the most dangerously talented, bravest and funniest actors in the world use the Italian half-masks of the European Renaissance theatrical form known as the Commedia Dell’arte to transform themselves, space and time at lightning speed. But this is not your Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-European-Grandfathers Commedia! We don’t do it the Renaissance way, at least not in public (what company members do on their own time is their own damn business). Discovering the Commedia characters in the present day, the Commedia Company takes on contemporary situations. Every night is a different show organized around theme so you can come back every week and see something you’ve never seen before . . . in more ways than one! Its part stand-up, part improv, part physical comedy, part character comedy, part political comedy and all imagination.

Come at 7:30 to hang out with the cast before the show, listen to live music, have a drink, or eat some Mexican food.  Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door. CASH only at the door  Not appropriate for children. Run time is between 1 and 1.5 hours.

The creation of the Commedia Company is Phase One of the development of a performance wing of the Funny School of Good Acting. Were raising the profile of the funny forms and shining the light of the extraordinary skills and talents of our faculty and alumni.

Join the community of ha-ha-ha! Who knows what is gonna happen next? Not us! It’s improv!  But we are in this together. And its a spectacle Royale.

TICKETS HERE!

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Vaudevisual interview – “The Department of Fools”

THE DEPARTMENT OF FOOLS

I have always had a respect for the traditional theater style “Commedia dell Arte“. From photographing Carlo Mazzone-Clementi in 1982, ‘The Metaphysical Mask Improv’ workshop taught by Mask Arts Company in 2011,  interviewing Christopher Bayes in 2013 and then Carlos Garcia Estevez in 2016. Many people embrace this ancient theater art form. Here is an interview with teacher/performer Matthew Gregory and Silvia Morigi.  Together they talk about “The Department of Fools” theater ensemble and their upcoming show ‘A History of Servitude‘. It will be presented at ‘Peoples Improv Theater’ beginning Feb.3th thru March 3rd. 

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE!

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Celebration Barn – “Summer Finale” show. August 30th, 2013

Great night of original material created at Celebration Barn during the summer months.Fritz Grobe host the Summer Finale show at Celebration BarnFritz Grobe hosted the SUMMER FINALE show with a ‘clenched fist’.

Amanda Huotari performs her 'melodrama' at Celebration Barn .Amanda Huotari performs her ‘melodrama’ character DOLCE inviting an audience member to join her on stage.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.040DOLCE (Amanda Huotari) caresses the audience member during the show.

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.080Hilary Chaplain performs her piece “Classically Trained Musician” at the Summer Finale show.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.088Talking to a ‘close friend’ during the performance of her piece. 

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.107Daniel Gaines performs his mime piece “Under the Big Top”

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.115Opening the mouth of the lion to insert his head as a lion trainer in his piece

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.119Aaron Tucker  performs an improv  “The Birthday Party” that was hysterical and surreal.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.126In “The Birthday Party”  Aaron discovers a long hair in his piece of cake and is rather repulsed by the idea.

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Hilary Chaplain performing at the Celebration Barn Summer Finale ShowHilary Chaplain performing her “Classically Trained Singer” piece.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.141Chaos breaks out for the singer when her shoe heel breaks. Just the beginning of bedlam for her.

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David Gaines performs his SEVEN SUMURAI piece.David Gaines performs his SEVEN SUMURAI piece.

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Hilary Chaplain in her Snow White piece.Hilary Chaplain performed a new piece about the myth of Snow White.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.184After the umbilical cord breaks the baby is alone with Snow White.

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Rene Johnson performs a very personal piece.Rene Johnson performs a new and very personal piece.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.211After donning a new pair of heels Rene tells a story that is strong and vulnerable.

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.233Amanda Huotari requests the help of audience member Deborah Monlux to play the villain and tie her hands up while wearing a beard.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.250Dolce (Amanda Huotari) and audience volunteer help shoot the bearded villain.

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.259Fritz Grobe and Hilary Chaplain in “World’s Greatest Squeezers”.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.266Hilary gets another chance to ‘squeeze’ a very sensitive part of Fritz.

2013.08.30_CeleBrn.283Fritz and Hilary rollick on the floor ‘squeezing’ one another in the final piece of the show.

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2013.08.30_CeleBrn.288Cast Curtain Call at Season Finale at Celebration Barn 2013.

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For more information on workshops and upcoming performances visit their website here.

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