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Celebrating The American Mime Theatre

65 YEARS!

“Hurly Burly” – with Paul J Curtis, Rick Wessler, and Charley Barney

The photograph was taken at The American Mime Theatre Studio.

The American Mime Theatre, Company and School, New York City, celebrated their 65th Anniversary on  April 7, 2017.  It all began in 1952 when a young 24-year-old, Paul J. Curtis, graduating as a theater Director from the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research (NYCity) and trained by Erwin Piscatory.  He went to Europe to explore different theater forms and he was disturbed by the arbitrary separation of acting and dance.  Returning to the United States, he thought it would be interesting to present to American actors a project of Mime to demonstrate its potential and to correct the limitations of the medium practiced by the French School of Mime.  Forming a Company of 5 actors and 5 dancers they began to work on the project and created a Repertory of plays to present their new works in a concert at the 92nd Street Y, New York City.  The audience’s response to the concert was strong, and the Company decided to continue with the work (creating plays for a Repertory and codifying the teaching methodology of this new kind of Mime, a performing art, which would be named “American Mime”.

The American Mime Theatre at 61 Fourth Avenue, NY NY 10003

– 212-777-1710 –

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Jean Barbour, Director

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Vaudevisuals interview – Karen Jenson interviews James Lecesne

Karen Jenson and I attended the performance of James Lecesne's "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey" at The Westside Theater today. After the show we got to talk with James about his wonderful one-man show, about the book it was based on and other projects in his life.

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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY, the new play written and performed by James Lecesne (Word of Mouth), directed by Tony Speciale, with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik.

“REMARKABLE! A DAZZLING BEACON OF THEATRICAL TALENT. Leaves you BEAMING with JOY.”

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

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Performing Arts Physical Theater Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Peculiar Works Project’s Barry Rowell

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Vaudevisuals interview with playwright and Peculiar Works Project co-founder/artistic director Barry Rowell.
Upcoming play "Floydada" is coming to NY and is 'site specific' . Located at The Merchants Square Building. Located at 40 Worth on the corner of West Broadway, Peculiar Works will take over part of the huge ground floor space to mount this play. Barry talks about the play, the writing process and the Peculiar Works Project.

For more information about this Peculiar Works Project ‘site specific’ play go here.
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Vaudevisuals Interview with Steven Samuels – Magnetic Theatre Company – Asheville, North Carolina

“In a year that has seen many more than its share of dystopic and apocalyptic visions on stage, it is a breath of fresh, clear, cool air to discover John Crutchfield’s stunning new play ‘Landscape With Missing Person’, a luminous but quiet celebration of the power of the human spirit and of love.”
NY Theatre – Martin Denton

Steven Samuels talks about the Magnetic Theatre Companies new play Landscape with Missing Person currently at The FringeNY Festival. The venue is Teatro Latea at 107 Suffolk Street, NYC.
He discusses the play, playwright John Crutchfield and his working relationship with him and the company.
The play has 3 actors but quite a few more characters. Directed by Steven Samuels.
For more information on this show go to:
http://bit.ly/19f2Hlm

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Landscape with Missing Person – A new play by John Crutchfield – @ The Fringe Festival NYC

“..witnessing it is an enlarging and uplifting experience. This is due not only to the excellence of Crutchfield’s script, which brims with wisdom and humor and deliciously colorful examples of Southern and Midwestern speech, but also to Samuels’ production and the performances of a top-notch cast, all of which add up to as close to perfection as theater ever gets.”    NYTheatre.com

Asheville, North Carolina has quite a few wonderful things going on. One of them is a theater company directed by Steven Samuels. The Magnetic Theatre. A ‘seasoned’ director and theater person, Steven Samuels has brought a new play written by John Crutchfield to this years Fringe Festival. “Landscape with Missing Person”. Being presented at Venue #4 – Teatro Latea located at 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey)

The shows description reads as follows:  A teenage railroad punk helps a strange middle-aged man search for his mysteriously vanished wife. From a small southern town, across the Midwest, to San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, the mismatched pair’s cross-country journey introduces them to a motley crew of characters, most more desperate and deranged than the last. By turns comic, menacing, lyrical, and bizarre-and sometimes all at once – Landscapes with Missing Person proves moving, mesmerizing, and as surprising as it is psychologically acute, a gripping and poignant hitchhiker’s guide to postmodern 21st Century America.

Produced and Directed by Steven Samuels

Written by John Crutchfield

Starring John Crutchfield, Lisa M Smith and Jennifer Gatti.

Here are some photographs from this delightful production.

Lisa M Smith and John Crutchfield in "Landscape with Missing Person"Lisa M Smith and John Crutchfield conversing at the bus stop in Landscape with Missing Person

John Crutchfield, Jennifer Gatti andLisa M Smith discuss the 'size' of the pickle.John Crutchfield, Jennifer Gatti and Lisa M Smith discuss the ‘size’ of the pickle.

Jennifer Gatti, Lisa M Smith and John Crutchfield in a difficult moment during the play.Jennfer Gatti, Lisa M Smith and John Crutchfield in a tense/comical moment in the play.

Lisa M Smith, Jennifer Gatti and John Crutchfield discussing traveling together.Lisa M Smith, Jennifer Gatti and John Crutchfield discussing traveling together.

Jennifer Gatti, John Crutchfield and Lisa M Smith take their curtain call.Jennifer Gatti, John Crutchfield and Lisa M Smith take their curtain call.

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Production Stage Manager: Rodney Smith

Set Designer: Shaun Kato-Samuel

Sound Designer: Mary Zogzas

Lighting Designer: Alex Moore

Assistant Stage Manager: Cyd Smith

Board Operator: Madison Smith

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For ticket information go here.