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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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‘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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Best of 2010 – New York Clown Theatre Festival

Thinking about the upcoming 2012 Edition of the NY Clown Theatre Festival I remembered doing lots of photographs at the 2010 Festival. Here are some of the highlights from that great, fun Festival. Hope you will come out to this years!

Eric Davis hosting an evening of Clown Cabaret at the Festival.

Peter Musante and Summer Shapiro performing in the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Gabriela Munoz performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Butt Kapinsky performing on location for the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Will Shaw performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

There were lots more clowns at the 2010 Festival and you can see them all here.

Consider attending this year’s shows as they are all new, from all over the world in a very intimate theater. THE BRICK.

For more information on the festival go HERE!

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The Laugh Firm of Crozzi,Bastard and Boy – Gershwin Hotel – Jan. 11th, 2011

What a delightful romp thru the minds of 3 of NY’s wildest performers.

The Red Bastard, William Shakespeare and Zero Boy

I must admit I was having trouble shooting the show. The laughter made it impossible!

Here is William Shakespeare (Chris Rozzi) making his entrance.

William Shakespeare informed the audience that he wasn’t only an author, director and poet but also a performer of monologs.

Here (Chris Rozzi) does a new ‘original’ science fiction story for the audience at the Gershwin Hotel.

Reading the ‘reviews’ got him worried for a minute.

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The Red Bastard (Eric Davis) had the audience in the palm of his hand as soon as he entered the room.

Gesturing in wildly choreographed moves he captivated all present with ‘instructions on life’.

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Zero Boy makes his mark by creating an audio track for your nightmares. (or his!)

We witness the Coney Island roller coaster, merry go round and a western movie thrown in for good measure.

His body contorts with his hands and rubber face as he covers the audience with an immense vocabulary of sound effects.

His talent to create sound effects is so convincing that it seems to take command of his body as he visualizes the experience for the audience to see.

A wonderful evening of fun, imagination and hilarity.

If you see any of these performers in your neighborhood – – – Go See Them!

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © 2010 Jim Moore

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The Clown Un_Masked – Eric Davis

Eric Davis photographed in my studio in Brooklyn

Eric Davis performing his wild character The Red Bastard at the NY Downtown Clown Revue

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So, It’s official.

Cirque du Soleil’s new show in Hollywood will star Eric Davis and John Gilke as the Clowns.

It will be at the home of the Oscars, the Kodak Theater.

Music by Danny Elfman, Direction by Philippe Decoufle.

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The Kapinski Private Eye Academy – NY Clown Theatre Festival Show

The Kapinski Private Eye Academy

It was a cold and windy night with a thunder storm. The rain came down.

The show had to move from it’s original location to under the BQE.

These photographs were taken as evidence that the show went on despite the weather.

Butt Kapinski heralded the crowd of spectators to gather together and peruse the situation at this new yet unknown territory.

Walking with the crowd checking out the clues.

What is going on here? Let’s find out.

Yeah. It goes like this! You need to ‘want’ to investigate.

This is what I am talking about! Concern and insight.

As the crowd watches on the real ‘threat’ hides behind the column.

This victim is squirming and shaking so much from the knives imbedded in his chest. What to do?

The lineup. The Audience. The students. The action is near!

The Private Eye Academy students watch as Butt Kapinski tells it like it is!

When all is said and done the detective and director walk off into the night!

Great show and a learning experience for all.

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Music scored and performed by Snaps Alden and Patrick Farrell

Security by Joe Kolbow, Johnnie Niel, and Ralf Jean-Pierre

Written by Deanna Fleysher, Eric Davis, Sarah ‘Snaps’ Alden, Patrick Farrell, Joe Kolbow and Johnnie Niel.

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2010 NY Clown Theatre Festival ‘Kickoff’ Parade

On Friday September 3rd The NY Clown Theatre Festival got off to a great start with the Clown Parade. Beginning in Union Square and moving to The Brick  Theatre in Williamsburg where the festival is presented. More than 100 clowns and admirers moved through the streets of NY and into the L train station for their fun trip to Brooklyn. I have posted a good selection of photographs from that adventure.

John Towsen was present at the parade. John and his performing partner  Fred Yockers were the producers of the First NY Clown Theatre Festival back in the 1983. He was happy to see the tradition continue under the guidance of Audrey Crabtree cofounder with Eric Davis.

Audrey Crabtree muscling in to the picture.

Jeff Seal will be performing with his partner Chris Manley at the Festival

Lilli Sukula-Lindblom(l)  hangs on to Gabriela Munoz (c) and Sabine Choucair(r).

Gabriela and Sabine are perfoming at the festival in ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Quizas.’

Jonathan Kaplan will be performing in the festival in ‘Le Fleur’.

Center in the platform is Audrey Crabtree giving advice to the passengers.

Nick Trotter as ‘Ferdinand the Magnificent’ taking a well deserved rest

Peter Musante is performing with Summer Shapiro in “Legs and All“.

Eric Davis -shooting photographs at the parade.

Butt Kapinski with a handcuffed friend looking proud.

Once the crowd arrived at The Brick Theatre it was only a matter of time until the ‘Pie Throwing Contest’ got started.

First the referee had to lay down the rules and then all hell broke lose!

If you want to see more Clown Theatre that will bring joy to your bones and laughter to your soul…

go here and buy some tickets to the shows!

FERDINAND SAYS “COME AND SEE SOME SHOWS!”

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I will be posting more photographs from each performance I shot in the upcoming weeks.

Stay tuned or subscribe in the upper right hand corner!

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All Photographs are © 2010 by Jim Moore

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Final Performance for NY Downtown Clown Revue

Tonight we saw the Golden Nose Awards Ceremony. IT was a festive evening with Golden Noses going to Eric Davis for “Clown of the Year’. The “Clown Organization of the Year” Golden Nose Award went to Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit. Michael Christensen accepted the award. The Audience Choice award for Best Clown Act went to “Otto and Lewis” and the award was accepted by Brian Foley. His partner Matthew Duncan was in St. Louis getting married. The Audience Choice Best Clown Character went to Brett Alters for his – Squeeks the Clown.

Host and Producer Christopher Lueck leaves the stage a proud man!

Christopher Lueck (and Amanda Pekoe) have  produced the show for the past 4 years and has presented over 400 clown acts during that time. The entire clown community would come out for these shows which happened the 3rd Monday of every month. Christopher announced during the March show that he was going to not produce the show any more and the Golden Nose Awards Ceremony would be his last ‘hurrah’. It was a splendid evening with great performers and organizations getting their just awards. It will be missed!

Great Job Chris. We will Miss You!

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