Three years ago, John Towsen, artistic director of the first NY Clown-Theatre Festival in 1983, hosted a clown-theatre reunion of performers from back in the 80s. When he made plans for a “second tri-annual” clown-theatre reunion this September, Audrey Crabtree suggested he stage a cabaret of older clowns as part of the 2012 festival. The happy result was the sold-out September 28th cabaret, “Return of the Old-Timey Clowns,” which featured twelve acts from a total of fourteen performers.
Area man John Towsen put on his best circus tie to host the festivities.
Hank Smith performs The Mime, a parody of mime clichés to the music of James Brown.
David Tabatsky somehow convinces himself he’s a black cowboy in If I Tell You Now, There’s No Surprise, and Really, What Fun is That?
The Tunisian Toe Tapping Twins with Liz Bolick (left) & Therese Schorn.
Storytelling and face painting come together in Story Faces by Christopher Agostino, a finalist for the 2012 Unique Artist Awards. The volunteer is none other than festival luminary Summer Shapiro.
Hovey Burgess introduces Jim Moore and his film, The Ridiculous Romantic.