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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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“Smoke & Fire” Deborah Kaufman and Nina Levine – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

A Double Bill

with

‘Leave Nothing but Footprints”

performed and created by Deborah Kaufman

&

“The Quitter…Now with Added Flavor”

performed and created by Nina Levine

(From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure)

Cookie, seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of scouting, challenges herself in the wilderness. Is a badge within her reach, or will she be undone by the Great Outdoors?

Deborah Kaufmann has delighted audiences worldwide with original physical comedy and puppetry, most recently in Warsaw and Lisbon. She celebrates over 25 years of foolishness with Big Apple Circus Clown Care®, where she oversees the artistic development of BAC-CC clowns. She teaches Pochinko-inspired mask-to-clown and as “clown midwife” she helps others develop new material.

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A devoted smoker reaches her moment of truth: extinguish the habit! Is being a quitter for life attainable, or will she be undone by the Great Addiction?

Nina Levine creates, performs, directs, writes about, and teaches clown. Based in New York, she has appeared in numerous venues here and abroad. Nina’s acts reflect her traditional theatrical background in combination with training in physical comedy and music. In addition to her body of solo work, she is a founding member of the award-winning clown trio Those in the Nose.

Nina tries to get hypnotized to quit smoking.

Neither hypnotics nor patches seem to remedy the smoking addiction.

Deborah Kaufman gives Nina a ‘helping hand’ with her over whelming problem.

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For information on Deborah Kaufman:

http://tooshorttofallover.com

For Information on Nina Levine:
http://ninalevine.com

 


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NY Clown Theatre OPENING NIGHT Preview Cabaret – Sept 7th, 2012

At the end of the day (after the Clown Parade and Pie Fight) The New York Clown Theatre Festival hosted a PREVIEW CABARET with a sample selection of some of the upcoming shows scheduled for the Festival. Here is a few photographs taken at the PREVIEW CABARET!.

Audrey Crabtree and Robert Honeywell host the Opening Night Cabaret

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Cirque This presented an excerpt from their MACHINATIONS show.

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Poe and Mathews perform a misadventure in the middle of nowhere.

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Nina Levine performs an excerpt from her show THE QUITTER.

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Emmet and Merril Garrick perform an excerpt from their show TO OPERA WITH LOVE.

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Denni Dennis and Kate Taylor perform an excerpt from UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS

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Jeff Seal and Chris Manley perform  an excerpt from their show NEON LIGHTS.

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Alan Fessenden performs an excerpt from WHAT IF I’M DEAD.

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The Company “LA PIARA” from Mexico City perform an excerpt from GUERRA.

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Summer Shapiro performs an excerpt from IN THE BOUDOIR.

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Will Shaw performs and excerpt from his show DEADPAN ALLEY

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Small Matters Company from Edmonton, Canada performs FOOLS FOR LOVE.

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For more information on these and other NY Clown Theatre Shows go here!

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The Clown Un_Mask – Nina Levine

Nina Levine at ease without a clown nose on.

In her hilarous piece about quiting smoking Nina Levine ends up startled on the floor.

Still trying to quit.

Nina performing in an earlier piece at The New York Downtown Clown Revue.

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Nina founded Those In The Nose clown trio with her partners Evelyn Tuths and Holly McCracken

Evelyn Tuths, Holly McCracken and Nina Levine performing ‘Those in the the Nose’ at The NY Downtown Clown Revue.

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The New York Downtown Clown Revue – Historical Post

It seems like only a short time ago I began photographing the NY Downtown Clown Revue.

It was December 2006!

It was being presented at the cellar space on St. Marks Place called UNDER ST. MARKS.
Christopher Lueck and Amanda Pekoe began the show on a shoe-string budget.

The sign was attached to the wrought iron gate at the top of the stairs that led to the basement performing space.

Christopher and Amanda worked constantly getting new talent to perform in the revue.

Every week it was a new group of performers. On several nights they would have performers that weren’t clowns but comedic and funny. The Pajama Men performed in the review and now have a run at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Some of the regulars at the revue are pictured below.

The NY Downtown Clown Revue has a new home!

DIXON PLACE

Come and see the show. You will have a great time laughing and smiling.

Click HERE for more information and to buy tickets.

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October 2010 – NY Downtown Clown Revue at Dixon Place

DIXON PLACE

The New Home for The New York Downtown Clown Revue

October 2010 NY Downtown Clown Revue has many new surprises in store for the audience.

Commissioned work by Kevin C. Carr and Nina Levine along with performance by Chris Allison, Jef Johnson and Hilary Chaplain.

To open the night Christopher Lueck performed a short clown Intro.

A pratfall is a wonderful way to open a clown revue!

The balloon took center stage.

Playing with the ball and the audience.

After the large balloon popped he had an audience member (Peter Daniel Straus) get the remains.

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“CONEY ISLAND CHRIS”

One of his fun stunts is getting his tongue stuck in a large rat trap.

He was so excited to try out his new Xray vision glasses he had a woman audience member stand up as he put them on.

With a raw egg taped to his head he attempted to smash it with his new ‘bed of nails’ mechanical smasher.

Travel far and wild to see ‘CONEY ISLAND CHRIS’ do this act.

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Host Christopher Lueck introduces the next act JEF JOHNSON

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JEF JOHNSON

An abstract clown piece from head to toe.

Walking on stage he was pulling a balloon on a string.

Balancing on top of a ladder listening to a ipod. Audience could hear silence.

After having recruited audience members he was pushed around the stage through the maze of music stands.

In and out of the music stands on stage until he reached the original starting point.

The little balloon that finished the piece intact with him.

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One of the fun audience participation segments is:

THE GAME!

Tonight’s game had two contestants that were given a deck of cards with many aces that needed to be found & run across the room to be put on a music stand.

The Winner was Monica who won 2 tickets to see PLAY DEAD at the Players Theatre.

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NINA LEVINE – The Quitter

A Commissioned Work by the NY Downtown Clown Revue
What is must be like to try and give up smoking when you have a habit?

On all fours looking for that next cigarette.

Pleading with the audience to give her a cigarette.

Ahh..that is more like what I remember it to be like!

Collecting all the cigarettes from the audience members.

Having ‘QUIT’ she plays the flute as the lights fade out. Funny Piece indeed!

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Host Christopher Lueck introduces the next commissioned act. Kevin C. Carr.

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KEVIN C. CARR

The Hoboken Hobo

A Commissioned Work by the NY Downtown Clown Revue

Flask in hand ready to take on the world.

Blowing up a balloon in preparation for a trick.

Pushing the skewer into the balloon with it popping.

Showing off that terrific ‘hobo’ physique.

Always wants to be in the ‘spotlight’.

Kevin C. Carr can be seen in the upcoming film The Ridiculous Romantic.

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Host Christopher introduces the new VOTE containers.

Every month the audience is encouraged to VOTE for their favorite act/performer and at the end of the season the winners are selected and presented with

THE GOLDEN NOSE AWARD.

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HILARY CHAPLAIN – The Diva

Dressed so elegantly and performing an aria so nicely.

Then the audience realizes she is pregnant. The show must go on!

The singing is divine.

But she still feels a little uncomfortable.

The ‘bambino’ is born and the diva completes her show!

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Curtain Call for the cast. Drinking a glass of champagne to celebrate the New Season!

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For information on upcoming shows of The New York Downtown Clown revue click here.

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DIXON PLACE is available for parties, performances and other events.