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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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Performance Space New York – Grand Re-Opening Celebration

PERFORMANCE SPACE NEW YORK

East Village Series!

Sunday Night – Feb. 18th from 6 pm till 9 pm

The OPENING of the PS122 building after years of renovation proved to be worth the wait!

The two new spaces – Derek Lloyd stage and Neilma Sidney Theatre – were utilized for the OPENING NIGHT ‘Avant-Garde-Arama.’

Here are my images and video from the AGA Extravaganza on this night!

Opening the show in the Derek Lloyd Stage was Pat Oleszko and her beautiful inflatables.

The theater was packed for the AGA show in the Derek Lloyd theater.

Salley May and the ensemble players bust open the place with a great song and dance exorcism.

Performer list:

Mediums: Jacqueline Zahora, Pedro J. Rosado Jr.
Pure Evil: Salley May and Tony Stinkmetal
Kid Evil-Slayers: Louise May, Annabel Sexton-Daldry, Graham Greene, Lois Houck, and Logan Martinez.
Ghosts:  Heidi Dorow, Laurie Berg, Agosto Machado, Nicky Paraiso, Annie Lanzillotto, Simba Yangala, Audrey Kindred, Jodi Bender, Sarah Trignano, Diana Y Greiner, Ed Boland, Jessie Weiner, Lizzie Donahue, Julian Fleisher, David Thorpe, and Sam Zalutsky
 invoking the ghosts of
Ethyl Eichelberger
Tom Murrin
Diane Torr
Fred Ho
Blondell Cummings
Frank Maya
Billy Swindler
John Bernd
Fred Holland
Derek Lloyd
Gerard Little / Mr. Fashion
Laurie Carlos
Huck Snyder
Jim Neu
Ruth Maleczech
Peter Rose
Carsin
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Spiderwoman Theater (Muriel Miguel & Gloria Miguel) had some stories to tell.

In the other space – Neilma Sidner Theatre – I walked in on Cornelius Loy playing the theremin.

 Murray Hill was on hand hob-nobbing with the crowd in the hallway.

Lois Weaver and Holly Hughes having a drink together.

Hanging out near the bar before the performance was Patti Spliff.

James Godwin (performing in the Neilma Sidney Theater) and Gary Ray.

The sound and lighting crew did a great job running the shows in both theaters.

The upcoming shows already scheduled go here!

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James Godwin – ‘The Flatiron Hex’ – An Appeal!

““The Flatiron Hex” is a dauntingly original and possibly hallucinogenic delight.”

The New York Times

THE FLATIRON HEX

I was asked to photograph the early development stages of this piece a few years ago. It was a delightful challenge to capture James Godwin’s puppet creations in still photographs. ( see image above)

I must admit I was rather taken by the unorthodox story line and puppets that were made for this show. They were macabre and magical.  So now, James needs YOUR help to mount this show at HERE Arts. After a successful run at Dixon Place, it is now ready for more audience viewers. I am copy and pasting his ‘Fund Raising’ copy here and hope that you give it some consideration. Be part of this creative process and production.

““The Flatiron Hex” is a solo puppet performance that tells the story of Wylie Walker, a contract shaman who works for NYORG, A city in the middle of a swamp. Wylie uses his unusual talents to solve problems and do routine maintenance on the city’s interweb biotechnology. Due to the haunted land and sentient mainframes, Wylie faces many occult adversaries. Storms constantly threaten to destroy NYORG, but a secret feature of the Flatiron building keeps the storms at bay, that is as long as the cloud-code is cracked and the correct ritual procedure is followed. Inspired by speculative fiction and neo-noir, “The Flatiron Hex” is peeking inside a parallel world infected with intelligent viruses and paranoia. Elements of the fantastic collide with the every day to become evocative of a magical reality. It’s also a quest, a blood soaked comedy of redemption and sacrifice. HISTORY OF DEVELOPMENT: “The Flatiron Hex” was created by Co-writers James Godwin and Tom Burnett during a residency at Dixon Place, supported in part by a Doris Duke Exploration Grant. The first workshop presentation of “The Flatiron Hex” took place in October 2014 as part of the P.A.T.C.H. Series with the support Heather Henson and a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant. After completing a wildly successful 6 show premiere run at Dixon Place in New York City in May 2015, “The Flatiron Hex” is now raising funds for a month-long run at HERE Arts in September 2017.

This is the link where you contribute!

Here is James Godwin posing for my “Clown Un_Mask” series a few years ago.

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Sept 7th through Sept 30th, 2017

For more information about the show go here!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Robert Prichard – “Surf Reality”

 The interview with SURF REALITY  co-founder Robert Prichard

Performers who played Surf Reality include: (A Who’s Who of the downtown performing arts scene)

Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Louis Black, Rick Shapiro, Jeff Ross, Judah Friedlander, Sarah Gold, Sonya Sohn, Michael Portnoy, John S Hall and King Missile, Kimya Dawson and Moldy Peaches, Seth Faergolzia (Dufus), St. Rev Jen Miller , Faceboy, Maggie Estep, Angelo Moore (Dr. Mad Vibe from Fishbone), World Famous Bob, Michael Moschen, Matt Mitler, Glen Heroy, Ben Stiller, Trav SD, Irwin Smalls Trio, a comedy duo featuring Adam Felber (head writer for Bill Maher), Eric Drysdale (head writer for Colbert Report), Tammy Faye Starlite, Premium Bob (avant-garde comedy duo), Jay Martel, Steve Ratazzi, Todd Alcott, The Poster Boys, Mo B Dick, Linda HillMike Epps, Deb Margolin, James Godwin, Coo-Coo Handler. Tom Burnett, Akim Funk Buddha, Brad Prowley, Bob Greenberg, Dave Konig, Burn Manhattan, Colleen Werthman, Sloven & Allen, Randy and Jason Sklar, Amy Sohn, David Jenness, Victor Verhaeghe, Robert Sikoryak, Alien Comic (Tom Murrin), Doug Skinner, Aaron Beale, Peter Pitofsky, Zeroboy
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“The atmosphere is more party than performance. The audience — many of whom will perform — bring beer from the local delis. Typical hallway conversation runs like this: “I’ll go on for three minutes, then you break in with this poem . . .” All performers get a care package, which this night included a condom, a lollipop, and a mint.”
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 Quotes from the press about Surf Reality!
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“At Surf Reality a form of comedy is being worked on even more alternative than alternative comedy”  – The New Yorker
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“Surf Reality is …the brackish undertow of the cultural comedic wave, a radical rejection of standard stand-up” – The Wall Street Journal
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 “Surf Reality continues its quest to present the best in alternative comedy” – Daily News
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“Best Performance Art, Very Funny.”  – NY Press, Best of Manhattan ’97
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“Surf Reality, the Lower East Side’s infamous bastion of cutting edge, theatrical zaniness…” – Shout Magazine 1999
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 Check out the Surf Reality website from back-in-the-day! 
Feb 2001
April 2002
 June 2002
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Written History of Surf Reality by Robert Prichard
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 One of the many productions that Surf Reality’s Tom and Rob produced after leaving Allen Street was a show titled
Radical Vaudeville“.
Here is a review of Radical Vaudeville presented at The Krane Theatre in 2014.
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Article in The Villager about Robert’s project in 2012 titled “64 Paintings”
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One of the posters for FACEBOY’s OPEN MIKE show. 
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Interior shot of Surf Reality
Surf Reality Theater interior
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Flyer created to announce Reverend Jen’s ‘Warrior Elf” show.
Rev Jen's Warrior Elf show poster
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“Grindhouse A-Go-Go” poster  circa 1999
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Poster from Jan 1998 
Robert is currently the ‘Talent Director” of  RadioFreeBrooklyn – a non-commercial  freeform Internet radio station.
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James Godwin – Works from ‘The Flatiron Hex’ – Exhibit at Dixon Place –

The Flatiron Hex - Exhibit at Dixon Place

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The Full Moon Show – Curated by Aunts – LaMama etc. April 17th, 2014

In this homage to the mood goddess Luna Macaroona on the occasion of the April Full Pink Moon, AUNTS presented a stellar lineup of performances and a touch of mayhem. The list was a ‘who’s who’ of the downtown performance scene. Hosted by Lucy Sexton.

Lucy Sexton performing at The Full Moon Show.Lucy Sexton hosted the Full Moon show with  joy and pizazz which was evident on her face throughout the night.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_026LaMama’s ‘The Club’  program director Nicky Paraiso holds up the program for the festival and gets the show started.

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Antonio Ramos performs at Full Moon Show.Opening this wonderful evening of performances was Antonio Ramos and his peculiar ‘barbie doll’ fantasy.

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Salley May performs at Full Moon ShowSalley May and her ‘Pink Full Moon’ piece was wonderful. Pedro J. Rosado(L) on stage with Salley.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_049Pedro J. Rosado (on floor) Louis Belle Ethyl May, Salley May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry fight to the finish.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_080Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry, Salley May, Pedro J. Roasdo, Lucy Sexton,Alice Klugherz and Louise Belle Ethyl May take curtain call.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_104Brooke O’Harra (at computer) and Sharon Hayes (standing) interpret a Tom Murrin performance using projection and monolog.

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Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot performing at Full Moon ShowKaty Pyle and Jules Skloot start their piece in the back of the theater above the audience.

Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot at The Full Moon Show

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Stan Baker performs at the Human TV at The Full Moon ShowStan Baker performs his ‘infamous’ and hilarious hilarious ‘Human TV’.

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Alice Klugherz performs a solo movement/monlog at Full Moon ShowAlice Klugherz performs a solo movement/monolog.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_210Alice Klugherz ends the piece in a stark, bold costume undulating to the floor.

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Lucy Sexton at The Full Moon Show.Periodically during the show Lucy Sexton would liven up the crowd with her charm.

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LumbeRob performs at The Full Moon ShowRob Erickson (LUMBEROB) performed his “Tom’s Alien Flight School’ routine.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_257Utilizing electronic equipment and his voice LUMBEROB created an audio track that was brilliant.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_270Heidi Dorow and Diana Y Greiner adorn mask and performed with Julian Fleisher as dj.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_280Introducing the “Westchester Free Theater” was a lovely woman who had a lot to say about Theater.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_328The Westchester Free Theater company members danced and sang a song accompanied by a live music trio.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_355Suddenly from the audience a voice (Chris Tanner) is heard singing a lovely song.

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Bif Locamp performs at The Full Moon ShowAfter taking a short hit from his metal flask Biff Locamp (James Godwin) addresses the audience.

Jonathan Ames introduces the 'Impact Addict'.Jonathan Ames talks about his friend Tom Murrin and introduces the “Battle of the Sexes” boxing match.

"The Impact Addict" David LeslieIn this corner – Introducing “The Impact Addict” – David Leslie

2014.04.17_FullMoon_375VS Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis. David gets the first punch towards Sonya but misses.

David Leslie in a boxing match at The Full Moon ShowAnother good try for both contestants as the match moves to the 2nd round.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_405Sonya gets her right fist into David’s gut as cigar yielding Galinsky spots the fighters while leaning on the wall.

Sonya wins the match at The Full Moon Show.Jonathan Ames holds up the winner Sonya’s arm.

2014.04.17_FullMoon_414Jonathan holds up David’s arm as he is a winner too!

2014.04.17_FullMoon_427After the boxing match David Leslie sits ringside with his adorable son Brooks looking startled.


 

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Enticing the audience to open their Luna Receptors, Lucy Sexton, Laurie Berg (AUNTS producer) and James Godwin celebrate a great night in honor of a great legend. 

2014.04.17_FullMoon_438Still from video. Tom Murrin talking to the Luna Macaroona via his Luna phone.

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2014.04.17_FullMoon_424Stage Manager Lori E.Seid was so vital to making this great evening possible!

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More shows for the next two weeks! Make sure you come and celebrate by seeing one of these fun shows.

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PS122 – “Avant-Garde-Arama” @ Abrons Arts Center – Day 1 – Friday, April 12, 2013

Last night was the first night of two ‘Avant-Garde-Arama‘ presented at the lovely Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side.

A Tribute to the late downtown luminary performance artist Tom Murrin, aka Alien Comic, in celebreation of his 28 years of performing in Avant-Garde-Arama.

Co-hosted by Dynasty Handbag and Jonathan Ames.

The lineup was amazing!

Elevator Repair Service

David Leslie

James Godwin

Alice Klugherz

Cornelius Loy

Brave Nude World Study #1: Etude en Nude -Directed by Lulie Atlas Muz

Dynasty Handbag

Here are some images from the evenings festivities.

Salley May witjh Louise May and Annabel Sexton Daldry

Salley May with Louise Belle Ethyl May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry.

Jonathan Ames

CoHost Jonathan Ames does one of his ‘hairy calls’.

Jibz Cameron cohost the show

Dynasty Handbag cohosted the show with Jonathan Ames.

Mat Fraser sings a beautiful song.

Starting off the “Brave Nude World Study” piece was Mat Fraser singing an amazingly beautiful song.

Julie Atlas Muiz on stage photograpjhing the Etude en Nude dancers.

Julie Atlas Muiz on stage photographing the ‘Etude en Nude’ dancers.

Alice lugherz performing on stage.

Alice Klugherz performing on stage in a monolog followed by dance.

Dynasty Handbag had the audience in laughter.

Dynasty Handbag had the audience in laughter with her wild dance improv.

Cornelius Loy mesmerized the audience with his therimin and hypnotic stare.

Cornelius Loy mesmerized the audience with his therimin music and hypnotic stare.

David Leslie dances in a space suit as Tom looks on from the moon.

David Leslie dances in a space suit as Tom looks on from the moon.

Salley May host the '40seondStreet' segment of the show.

Avant-Garde-Arama curator Salley May host the ’40seondStreet’ segment of the show.

Audience member dances for himself with audience watching but not hearing the music.

Audience member dances for himself with audience watching but not hearing the music.

James Godwin performs a 'bunraku' style puppet piece.

James Godwin performs a ‘bunraku’ style puppet piece.

Elevator Repair Service curtain call after their play

Elevator Repair Service curtain call after their play.

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Avant-Garde-Arama curator Salley May (with Louise Belle Ethyl May and Annabel Clare Sexton Daldry) and a host of other wonderful fans of Tom Murrin get together and dance to celebrate his legacy and performance work at "Avant-Garde-Arama'.
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The Clown Un_Mask – James Godwin – New York City

James Godwin UnMask

James Godwin

James Godwin as ‘Uncle Jimmy’ MC’ing the PS122 Benefit in 2011.

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Interview with James Godwin – “Lunatic Cunning”

Scenes from the “Lunatic Cunning” at Dixon Place with James Godwin.

Here is an interview with James about his work and a little history of how he got to this stage.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS ©2012 JIM MOORE

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‘Wrecking Ball’ Avant-Garde-Arama – Post Cards from the Edge – The Last 2011 Show

The PS122 Postcard from the last 2011 Avant-Garde-Arama

The Avant-Garde-Arama Poster displayed outside the edifice.

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Here are a selection of performers from the Saturday evening’s show!

Uncle Jimmy (James Godwin) was the MC for the evening’s Festivities.

Salley May ‘busts’ out of the AGA wrecking ball.

Andrew Schneider comes in to the performing space from the top!

Andrew talks backwards to the audience in his ingenious performance.

M. Lamar sings with operatic tone and piano.

Miss Rose Wood performs two pieces – one of which is pictured here.

Lisa Kron displays a ‘head shot’ from her earlier years!

Koosil-ja with Lance Blisters rocks the house with songs of being ‘pissed off’.

The Ethyl Eichelberger Museum introduced by Miss Joan Marie Moossy.

Salley May cuts up with stage hand.

The line producers are Eileen Goddard, Nick Bixby and Lauren Brown. The built the wall, made projection videos and so much more!

Flawless Sabrina reads a few passages from text.

Peggy Pettitt sings and weaves a story for the audience.

Black Eyed Susan sings the Ethyl Eicherberger song with accordion player Margaret Stutt.

Salley May is exasperated knowing this is the last of AGA for awhile!

Bad Buka Gypsy Punk Rock Extravaganza closes the show.

Production crew gets some beer just before they ‘Cheers’ to the audience!

Lori E. Seid spinning the digital vinyl in the basement cafe.

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AGA Wrecking Ball – Sat Night June 18th, 2011 – Credits from Jim Moore on Vimeo.

To follow the progress of PS122 construction and to get info on upcoming performances check here!

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