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Bindlestiff Open Stage – Nov 6th, 2017

Dixon Place hosted another great night of Variety presented by The Bindlestiff Open Stage. The first Monday of every month (almost every month) Keith Nelson hosts a wonderful evening of variety. This week was spectacular with a full house!

Host Keith Nelson opens the show with his ‘Chinese YoYo’.

Pamela Wess performed a clown piece with lots of special juggling and other twists.

Olga Karmansky & Anna Venizelos performed a beautiful contortion duo act

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Tanya Solomon performed a wonderful and scary magic trick.
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Hélène Demé Elzévir performed a wild story in mimic and sound effects.
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Sam Malcolm was clever, funny and juggled knives.
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Will Shaw added ‘deadpan’ to the show with his unique sense of timing and piano.
Will Shaw is a very seasoned professional. He even seasons his piano keys.
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Jenny Tufts performed an amazing hula hoop act.
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Keith always uses this show to practice his delightful yo-yo tricks.
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Collette Campbell performed a fun and personal clown piece.
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Mr. Spring attended a whole new hand balancing act to the show.
Posing for photographs before starting his hand balancing act.
  This act takes much discipline and hard work.
Amazing physical control in his act.
His daughter Gemma got into the show in a big way!
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Snö Bunta performed an amazing contortion act.
 Amazing physical dexterity in these moves.
 
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To finish the wonderful evening of variety Keith Nelson did a new plate-spinning act.
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“The Night Circus” a new variety review…

Last night I attended the first show of a new bi-monthly series titled “The Night Circus”. Located in The Workshop Theater Company at 312 West 36th Street.

The Night Circus Banner hangs across the curtain during the show.
The Night Circus Banner hangs across the curtain during the show.

The host and hostess of the show are the married misfits Mister and Missus Clown.

Mr. and Missus Clown performing in The Night Circus
Mr. and Missus Clown performing in The Night Circus

The evening was stocked with popcorn, beer and amazing entertainment for those who ventured out into the cold weather to attend this show.

Rhonda Hansome really has a talent for making people laugh.
Rhonda Hansome performed  stand up that really was intelligent and hysterical.
Will Shaw has a talent and professionalism that always wins the audience over not to mention make them laugh.
Will Shaw has a talent and professionalism that always wins the audience over not to mention make them laugh.
Richard Kent Green, Mr. And Missus Clown move the show along with song and merriment.
Richard Kent Green with Mister And Missus Clown move the show along with song and merriment.
Mike Smith Rivera (Mr. Clown) warms up the audience.
Mike Smith Rivera (Mr. Clown) warms up the audience.
Soloman The Peculiarist entertains the audience with her magic.
Solomon The Peculiarist entertains the audience with her magic.
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Sir Richard Kent Green sings a very funny original song about love.
Mike Smith Rivera performing as a 'wacky' lion tamer.
Mike Smith Rivera performing as a ‘wacky’ lion tamer.
Stefania Schramm (Curlyburly)  performing as one of the tigers.
Stefania Schramm (Curlyburly) performing as one of the tigers.
Juliet Jeske sings tawdry personal songs of love.
Juliet Jeske sings tawdry personal songs of love.
The Night Circus's Fool School Academy Players.
The Night Circus’s Fool School Academy Players start the curtain call with a ‘rockettes’ dance.
Crump and Hambone get the audience to sing for a finale!
Hambone and Crump get the audience to sing for a finale!

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The Fools Academy Players are: Mister Clown, Missus Clown, Stefania Schramm, Beary Manilofsky, Richard Kent Green, Patsy Clare Patterson, Margo Hammond, & Dummy.

Proceeds to Benefit The Workshop Theater Company

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Clown Cabaret 9/27 – hosted by Billy and Audrey – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Billy Schultz (Phil) and Audrey Crabtree (Maggie) attend an evening performance in the park.

While attending the performance in the park they host the cabaret.

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Carol Sirugo and Jonathan Kaplan

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Will Shaw

Will Shaw gets the spinning top moving in space.

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Maggie and Phil get closer together on their date in the park.

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Zero Boy

Zero Boy performans his magical voice sound effects.

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Pearl the Mime

Pearl the Mime arrives on stage with a beautiful white costume.

Pearl the Mime performs a lovely mime tale.

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Dante – The Magician

An amazing talent for magic and close up.

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Jeff Seal and Buttons

Buttons and Jeff perform some funny comedy.

Jeff Seal and Buttons stir up the audience with laughter.

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Sampo Kurppa

Sampo Kurppa entertains the audience with his ridiculous coat hang up.

Sampo Kurppa juggles with amazing finesse.

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Maggie and Phil get crazy when they get a bottle of wine.

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Miguel Suero cleans up the mess as a janitor character.

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Helen Donnelly

Helen Donnelly performs an excerpt from her ‘Foo Musical’.

Helen Donnelly is Foo in this delightful excerpt from ‘Saucisse. A Foo Musical.’

Helen Donnelly’s “Foo” strikes a pose for the photographer.

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Will Shaw – DEADPAN ALLEY – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Will Shaw

DEADPAN ALLEY

In Deadpan Alley, Will Shaw uses his skills as a juggler and musician to explore the big questions such as: Huh? . . . and: What the . . . ?

Also featured will be random discourse as well as periodic non sequitur. Persons with a history of sensitivity to quandary or predicament should consult a doctor before attending this performance.

There certainly is a reason the show is called DEAD PAN ALLEY.

WillShaw balances a ball on a stick while playing classical piano.

A moment of reflection inbetween juggling and playing music.

WillShaw balances cigar boxes on his chin.

Will Shaw spins tops that spin in many different places.

The top spins and causes little pain to Will Shaw.

Will Shaw performs many wonderful top tricks.

An innocent audience member becomes a top spinning surface for Will Shaw.

Will Shaw discusses with the audience the many kinds of tops.

Will Shaw performs with many sized tops.

The ‘toy baby’ arm balances the spinning ball.

Will Shaw balances a ball on his head while juggling 3.

Will performs with the devil sticks.

Will finishes the show in clown shoes and clown nose (that lights up) playing BACH.

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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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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Sept. 3rd, 2012 at Dixon Place

Keith Nelson warms up the audience with his opening act.

Keith Nelson is always adding new moves to his amazing diabolo act.

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Audrey Crabtree and Billy Schultz

Audrey Crabtree and Billy Schultz performing “No Reservations Needed”.

Directed by John Towsen and Piano by Will Shaw.

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Torkova

Torkova performs amazing tricks with money.

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Helena Reynolds

Helena Reynolds performs her hula hoop act.

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Gustavo Pace Estefan

Gustavo Pace Estefan performing a new piece of monolog.

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Joe Showers

Joe Showers performing with his own kendama.

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Josh Bisker prepares the silk fabric for the next act.

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Amanda Hackman

Amanda Hackman performing on the silks.

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Keith Nelson – Plate Spinner

Keith completes 7 spinning plates.

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Alberto Burgos

Alberto Burgos performs a funny monolog skit.

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Amazing Amy

Amazing Amy performs contortions with disbelief.

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Helena Reynolds

Helena Reynolds amazes the audience with her skill.

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Best of 2010 – New York Clown Theatre Festival

Thinking about the upcoming 2012 Edition of the NY Clown Theatre Festival I remembered doing lots of photographs at the 2010 Festival. Here are some of the highlights from that great, fun Festival. Hope you will come out to this years!

Eric Davis hosting an evening of Clown Cabaret at the Festival.

Peter Musante and Summer Shapiro performing in the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Gabriela Munoz performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Butt Kapinsky performing on location for the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Will Shaw performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

There were lots more clowns at the 2010 Festival and you can see them all here.

Consider attending this year’s shows as they are all new, from all over the world in a very intimate theater. THE BRICK.

For more information on the festival go HERE!

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March 2012 – New York Downtown Clown Revue at Dixon Place

The New York Downtown Clown Revue

Season 5, Show #58

Christopher Lueck hosting the Downtown Clown Revue.

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Will Shaw

Will Shaw performs a new piece of business which includes a dry wit and dazzling skills.

Will Shaw spins a top on top of his cigar box structure.

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The Ridiculous Romantic

Kevin C. Carr and Carol Sirugo in a still from the film “The Ridiculous Romantic”.

Directed by Jim Moore, edited by David Katz, with Kevin C. Carr, Peter Daniel Straus, Kenwyn Dapo, Carol Sirugo, Emily James, Ishah Janssen-Faith, Emily Season, Music Score by Polygraph Lounge.

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Matthew “Phineas” Lish

Matthew ‘Phineas’ Lish juggles 9 balls all at once!

Matthew ‘Phineas’ Lish juggles 3 machete knives.

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Christopher Lueck prepares the audience for the next act by reading the cue cards.

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Everybody Nose It’s My Birthday

A series of short vignettes about dating and family life.

An offer from the audience to ‘marry’ the on stage actress.

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No Reservations

Billy Schultz takes Audrey Crabtree out on a date in ‘No Reservations’.

This piece gets wilder as it goes along but I will leave that to you when you see it!

This new piece is being directed by John Towsen.

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‘tinydangerousfun’ – August 20th, 2011

A wonderful evening of variety, song and birthday wishes!

Co host John Leo and Andy Sapora lead the way to a great evening of fun!

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Bee Bernard‘s FINALLY gets to her cello!

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Glen Raphael with his quirky love songs.

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John Leo searches for the true meaning of  hurricane Irene.

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Gustavo Pace tells tales of unrequited love.

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Redhot Pinky is Lady M.

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Barbara Michaels, the tinyDANGEROUS sound lady shows off…

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The Thirteenth Act gets over frozen peanut butter, lack of hurricane sex and mud slides.

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FREE COOKIES!

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Will Shaw is the Tops!

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COBRA GOLD

John Waters (trumphet), Josh Bisker (Uke) and Cecil Scheib (Trombone)

Josh Bisker is Ludacris

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Paper Cut, created and performed by Yael Rasooly

She sold out at the NYC Fringe and has Encore Performances from Sept 9 – 13th and we know why!!

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Co Host Andy Sapora tries to keep quite a few items in the air.

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The neighborhood librarian (performed by Audrey Crabtree) tries to entice and audience member.

DON’T FORGET TO COME TO THE NY CLOWN FESTIVAL THIS MONTH!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY

 

 

Andy Sapora after the 39 + 1 kisses from Audience members!

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Video of the Finale song GOOD NIGHT IRENE.

 

 

 

OCTOBER 25th – Mark that date on your Calendar to attend the next ‘tinydangerousfun’.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © 2011 Jim  Moore

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Big Apple Circus ‘CLOWN CARE’ 25th Anniversary

On Monday at 11am a Celebration was held at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on Broadway and 165th St.

Serving that facility for 25 years, The Big Apple Circus Clown Care staff sang, blew bubbles, played music  and entertained the children and adults.

In 1986, Big Apple Circus co-founder and Creative Director Michael Christensen founded this professional hospital clowning program.

In the beginning it was only three clowns. Michael Christensen (Mr. Stubbs), Barry Lubin (Grandma) and Jeff Gordon (Gordoon)

Today the Big Apple Circus’s Clown Care is at 18 leading pediatric hospitals nationwide with over 80 talented professional clowns.

It also has inspired many other groups world-wide to develop in Germany, France, Mexico etc.

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The ceremony began with remarks by Big Apple Circus Chairman Chris Wearing.

Chris Wearing

Dr. Robert Seigle, pediatric nephrologist spoke about his relationship with the Clown Care group from the beginning.

Dr. Robert Seigle

The other speaker was nine time Emmy  award winning broadcast journalist Jane Hanson, host of NBC’s LX NEW YORK.

NBC’s Jane Hanson (w/clown nose)

They had celebratory cup cakes donated by Magnolia Bakery.

Philip Thurston, Press Contact for the Big Apple Circus organized this delightfully heartfelt event.

Philip Thurston and Clown Dikki Ellis.

The event was very emotional. Michael spoke about the role of the clown in the hospital environment. The Big Apple Circus Clown Care has been working in hospitals for 25 years and has brought joy and laughter to many children.

Mr. Stubbs (Michael Christensen) speaks to the hospital patients and press.

Directing part of his talk to the clown members of the audience he spoke of the importance of their work.

The Clowns gathered together at the end of the celebration and collectively chanted;

“See you down the road”

The tuba and banjos began playing as they marched out of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and into the street.

They gathered their belongings, suitcases and instruments and paraded out the front door and took the subway to another hospital in Harlem.

Here are some photographs from the day.

Karen McCarty

Deborah Kaufman

David Engel

Audrey Crabtree and Andy Sapora

Dikki Ellis and Deborah Kaufman

Getting ready to Parade out the door.

The Big Apple Circus Clown Care CLOWNS!

(Not listed in order)

(Michael Christensen, John Grimaldi, Erin Schmahl, Karen McCarty, Josh Matthews, Julie Pasqual, Will Shaw, Audrey Crabtree, Watson Kawecki, Laine Barton, Leo Dessilets, Phyllis Capello, Ron Hoffman, Deborah Kaufman, Sarah Petersiel, David Engel, Lauren Sharpe, John Leo, Dikki Ellis, Hilary Chaplain, Maria Para.)

(L to R)Audrey Crabtree, Michael Christensen, Deborah Kaufman and Hilary Chaplain

The Big Apple Circus Clown Care ensemble (in hospital coats) travel to the next hospital in Harlem.

Mr. Stubbs (Michael Christensen) entering the subway at 165th Street station with props and gear!

Juggler Will Shaw with Big Apple Circus Clown Care 25th Anniversary Banner getting on the elevator with peers.

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Help the New York  Big Apple Circus Clown Care community outreach program continue by donating here!

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