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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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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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Vaudevisuals Interview with Matt Mitler – Dzieci Theatre Group

DZIECI THEATRE GROUP

Dzieci Theater Company

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Dzieci (djyeh-chee) is an international experimental theatre ensemble dedicated to a search for the “sacred” through the medium of theatre.

Integrating techniques garnered from such theatre masters as Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba and Peter Brook, ritual forms derived from Native American and Eastern spiritual disciplines, and an ethic based securely in Humanistic Psychology, Dzieci aims to create a theatre that is as equally engaged with personal transformation as it is with a public presentation.

Towards this aim, the ensemble balances its work on performance with work of service, through creative and therapeutic interaction in hospitals and a variety of institutional settings. Dzieci believes helping others generates a profound healing effect that not only serves the patient but also strengthens the ensemble’s work.

Dzieci is firmly dedicated to process. Our theatrical creations come organically over a long period of time, and a relationship with the world around us is essential. Therefore, public demonstrations of the work in progress are offered along the way, along with para-theatrical workshops, which invite participants to experience the work underlying our most current investigations.

note: “Dzieci” is the Polish word for “Children”.

For more information about Dzieci Theatre Group go here!

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December 2010 – NY Downtown Clown Revue at Dixon Place

Host – Christopher Lueck introduces the evenings Talent!

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Jacob Deustachio

Visiting home from circus school, Jacob Deustachio wowed audiences with his freshly polished juggling act packed with amazing skill. He’d have to have balls to come on stage with that act and he had 7.  7 balls all by himself!

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Chispi El Payaso

Chispi El Payaso is working his way around the world spreading his message of joy and peace. His brief stop here in NYC resulted in an orchestra of squeaking, squawking, and thumped balloons. Have a safe journey Chispi El Payaso!

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The cleaning lady wasted our time yet again. (Katherine M. Horejsi)

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THE GAMES

Mariko Iwasa was the winner of the evenings clown game (a variation of musical chairs played with clown noses). Showing true Japanese sportsmanship she beat out contestants from GA, PA, and NJ  taking home a DVD of classic clowning and three rubber chickens!

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Michael Schruefer

Just back from Japan and on his way to Flordia, Michael Schruefer took on the commission to create a musical clown act with a tramp character. He pulled together his skill as clown and flautist to create a fun and silly piece. Mr. Schruefer is off to be married soon, so get ’em while you can ladies!

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Matt Mitler – Commission Work

Matt Mitler took on a commission that only he could create. The commission was to create a shamanistic clown piece with musical themes. If you missed it, you missed some serious comedy and serious spiritual cleansing.

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JOEL JESKE

Finishing up the evening were comic greats Joel Jeske and Barry Lubin, with guest appearance by Mr. Lubin’s Swedish sweetheart. These two are one of the best duos imaginable. Joel’s serious stillness is the perfect invitation for Grandma to run amok and slowly torture the great Jeske. Barry also proves that water-spiting with your girlfriend is always fun. Who knew?

 

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Curtain Call

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Blog Text by Christopher Lueck

PHOTOGRAPHS © 2010 Jim R Moore
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Theatre Group Dzieci’s Cirkus Luna – NY Clown Theatre Festival

CIRKUS LUNA

The Best East Molvanian Cirkus in the World –

Here is an interview with Theatre’s Dziecei’s founder Matt Mitler about Cirkus Luna

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Can’t quite find enough breath to fill that balloon.

The Human Canon Ball Trick with volunteers from the audience.

YEA! They caught him and then whirled him into the air one more time.

The ‘encore’ was a Riverdance done East Molvanian style.

Curtain call for Theatre Dziece’s CIRKUS LUNA.

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The Clown Un_Masked – Matt Mitler

I have been aware of Matt Mitler’s work for many years but only recently had the pleasure of seeing him perform both with his company Dzieci and as a solo artist.
I photographed his solo performance work at the NY Downtown Clown Revue this past March.

Here is Matt as his character

‘Little Hymie’

The education and working experience of a performer is usually indicative of where they will go with their own work.
Matt Mitler has had a broad base of influences that have shaped his work both for his company and solo work.
Initially trained in Humanistic and Existential Psychology,
before discovering the healing potential of theatre, he considers his therapeutic study with such masters as R.D. Laing and Carl Rogers to be equal to his theatrical study with Jerzy Grotowski and Eugenio Barba.
Grotowski’s work was very ‘cutting edge’ and one of his premises for going to that edge was:
” focus on the very root of the act of theatre: actors co-creating the event of theatre with its spectators.”
He couldn’t compete with the technology of film and made his mark with what theatre had that film didn’t have.
A live relationship with the audience. Matt uses that principal for his company work.

Theatre Group Dzieci (djyeh-chee) an international experimental theatre ensemble (founded in NYC, 1997) dedicated to a search for the “sacred” through the medium of theatre.

It is a serious undertaking!

Using techniques garnered from his theatre masters Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, ritual forms derived from Native American and Eastern spiritual disciplines, and an ethic based securely in his work in Humanistic Psychology,

Dzieci aims to create a theatre that is as equally engaged with personal transformation as it is with public presentation.Towards this aim, the ensemble balances its work on performance with work of service, through creative and therapeutic interaction in hospitals and a variety of institutional settings. Dzieci believes helping others generates a profound healing effect that not only serves the patient but also strengthens the ensemble’s work.

The word ‘Dzieci’ is the Polish word for Children.

Matt performed some wonderful solo pieces that I was fortunate enough to photograph. Here are few more images from his evening at The New York Downtown Clown Revue.

And from his hysterical piece

“Tango de la Coca Cola Classico”

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Ladies and Gentleman.

May I introduce you to Matt Mitler

The Clown Un_Masked

To get more information on Matt’s work with his company and his solo work you can go to the following web sites.

http://dziecitheatre.org/dzfiles/mission.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Mitler

All Photographs (Except Dzieci Group) © 2010 Jim R Moore