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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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“Don’t run, RUSH!” – Mona Ray – Finland – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Don’t run, RUSH!

Directed by Lilli Sukula-Lindblom

(Description from NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure)

This absurdly fascinating comedy comes straight from Finland, known for its wintery darkness and summery light, where people neither talk, kiss, nor laugh out loud. The bold and hot-blooded Mona Ray conjures up therapeutic as well as hysterical and infectious laughter. Don’t run, RUSH! features four different pictures of reality in its most absurd forms. A one-woman show where the viewer is never safe. The feeling of danger brings that extra spice to this comedy act where the recipient gives and all is taken.

In this presentation, believe it or not, the audience really wants to participate! Come along and experience Mona’s incredible characters!

Mona Ray takes the stage with much charm and silliness.

Mona Ray tries to get her electronic device to work.

Mona Ray needs to find a husband in the audience.

A gentleman is volunteered for the position of ‘husband’.

Mona and other audience members get their ‘wedding’ picture taken.

Mona Ray changes her identity to a business man giving out diplomas.

Mona Ray awards audience member Mandi a diploma.

Volunteers from the audience participate in an ‘art project’ performance.

The  ‘art project’ involved blowing up paper bags and popping them.

Mona Ray changed her identity into a chef with toilet cleaning brush.

Mona Ray removing her tie forcefully.

Swinging her clothes in the air and dancing was the culmination of a wild show.

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The Clown Un_Mask – Mona Ray – Clown – Finland

Mona Ray performing in her one-woman show “Don’t Run, RUSH!” at the 2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival.

Mona Ray performing one of her many characters  in her one-woman show “Don’t run, RUSH!” at The Brick Theater.

Mona Ray performing in her wedding gown in the one-woman show “Don’t run, RUSH!” Directed by Lilli Sukula-Lindblom.

Mona Ray in the hallway Un_Mask.

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The Clown Un_Mask – Lilli Sukula-Lindblom – Performer/Director – Finland

Lilli Sukula-Lindblom performed in the “Short and Fatty’s Half Century Extravaganza” on Sept 10, 2010 as part of the 2010 NY Clown Theatre Festival. Her piece was titled LILLI’s HAIR AND BEAUTY PARLOUR

Lilli Sukula-Lindblom (r) performs with audience participation at 2010 Clown Festival.

Lilli directed her fellow Finland clown Mona Ray in Don’t Run, RUSH! at this year’s 2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival.

Lilli Sukula-Lindblom in the hallway Un_Mask.

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2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret – Sept 13th, 2012

Hosted by Fantasy Grandma

Fantasy Grandma hosts the NY Clown Theatre Festival CABARET

Summer Shapiro dances with audience volunteer in excerpt from IN THE BOUDOIR

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Billy Schultz performing as Gooper Junior in the “Re-enactments of Country Life”.

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Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown perform in the “Vindlevoss Family Circus”.

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Z Smith performs as Pepito in ‘Pepito’s Big Date’.

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Fontaine and Bernie are Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith in “We’re Not Here”.

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Mona Ray performing an excerpt from her one-woman show “Don’t Run, RUSH!”

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Mister & Missus Clown perform in “Blind Love”.

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Check out the upccoming shows and Cabarets at The New York Clown Theatre Festival.

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