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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Atomic Clown” by Sara Moore

“If we could get beyond the concept of betterness and embrace otherness maybe then we’d have a shot at respect for all living beings!”

From ‘Atomic Clown‘ by Sara Moore

Atomic Clown is a whimsical memoir by celebrated clown & “human cartoon” Sara Moore about surviving grief, heartbreak & cancer by laughing in the face of it all. This colorful jolly-rancher of a book, designed by Fernando Gambaroni, chronicles Moore’s adventures in cancer treatment, donning big shoes & various comic guises, with the wonderful staff of Kaiser Permanente Oncology & Radiology. Accompanied by insights, musings and testimonials, we hope this effort will inspire others to venture where the humor meets the humanity! 80% of the sales of this book will benefit San Francisco’s Medical Clown Project whose mission is to bring joy and laughter to patients in healthcare facilities throughout the Bay Area. The rest will buy donuts for Fernando and Sara’s clown students!

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Sara Moore is an award winning, critically acclaimed American clown. She brings to the leadership of Clown Conservatory over three decades of experience as a performer, writer, educator and filmmaker. Her substantial body of creative work covers the full spectrum of clowning and spans multiple media, from the big top to film and stage, including Ringling Bros., The Krofft Puppets, New Pickle Circus, Make*A*Circus, Circus Bella, cruise lines, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, guerilla busking and as the comic foil in huge shows for entertainment tycoon Merv Griffin who dubbed her “The New Fanny Brice.” Hailed by critics as a “21st century Pagliacci,” her trademark Human Cartoon productions include her effusively reviewed tour de force Show Ho as well as Wunderworld, The Supers, Cyclones, The Secret Life of Custodians & Noses Off!

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BUY ‘ATOMIC CLOWN’ here!

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The Clown Conservatory in San Francisco

If someone ask you ‘what is the best way to becoming a professional clown’ you might have to think about it for awhile. THE CLOWN CONSERVATORY!

Ringling Bros clown Paul Jerome.

“Circus Center’s nearly 20-year-old Clown Conservatory program has been given a spirited, innovative push by Conservatory director Sara Moore’s ‘Human Cartoon Studio.’ Moore’s take on new American clowning pulls straight from the realm of Looney Tunes with an emphasis on wildly physical, non-verbal performance encompassing training for Ring, Stage and Film. Graduates are then ‘human cannonballed’ into the world armed with an elasticity of body, mind and spirit affording them the necessary versatility to compete in ever-shifting markets. In spite of the ridiculous onslaught on horror clown imagery, Moore believes Clowning is on the rise. Students are passionately seeking ways to bring physical comedy to our ever-divided world and ClownCon’s faculty, an amalgam of the very best practitioners and teachers of the many Clown disciplines, are ever eager to teach them. Moore says ‘If laughter is the most buoyant form of love, then that’s surely what the world needs now more than ever.'”
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For more information or to ‘just enroll’ click here!
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Vaudevisuals Interview with Director Jon Stancato and Actor Dave Droxler

The current production of The Stolen Chair Theatre Company is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's THE MAN WHO LAUGHS. The production is running from Jan 31st to Feb 24th at the Urban Stages. I interviewed the director Jon Stancato and the lead actor Dave Droxler after the show. Jon talks about the inspiration for and process of directing this play and Dave discusses some of his training for the show and a few of the people that were instrumental in inspiring him to delve into silent films and silent acting.
The play is staged as a 'silent film' with live piano and title projections. No words are spoken during the performance but it is a delightful experience due to the talent of the actors, director and the ensemble that made it all happen. The adaptation is by Kiran Rikhye. The original score was by Eugene Ma.
Interview originally appeared @ https://vaudevisuals.com
For information about this show/company go to: http://stolenchair.org