Daniel Stein-Celebration Barn.

Daniel Stein in “Timepiece” Timepiece On Saturday, July 23rd at 8 PM, Celebration Barn Theater presents Daniel Stein in “Timepiece”. Having toured 30 countries, Timepiece deals with the passage of time in the life of a man, and how conflict and power and subsequently, joy and love emerge from time’s progression.  “One of those rare revelatory experiences one waits for […]

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Synetic Theatre in DC– a silent King Lear (through April 24)

Thanks to Brian Foley for pointing this out to me! This looks like an amazing and highly stylized King Lear.  See the video below to see how amazing the production values of this show are. Apparently Synetic has been doing Silent Shakespeare productions, and this is the SEVENTH Synetic’s King Lear Presented by Synetic Theater Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili Choreography […]

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RCCU’s 10nth Anniversary Workshops June 12-July 1 (NY)

Stanley Allan Sherman, well-known maskmaker who contributed an excellent guest post to our Commedia Month series, will be teaching a 3 week commedia intensive from June 12-July 1 in New York.  The workshop will feature over 128 hours of instruction. Here’s some of the details: RCCU 2011 RCCU is beginning its 10th anniversary year teaching Classical Commedia dell’Arte.  Students will […]

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The Adventures of Steve and Ryan

I’ve been reading a blog “The Adventures of Steve and Ryan” which is a blog  by Steve Copeland and Ryan Combs, the two clown partners that are on the Kelly Miller Circus. Kelly Miller is an Oklahoma based circus that has been performing since 1938, and is currently owned by John Ringling North. They bill themselves as “America’s Finest One […]

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Ten West: Comedy Duo

TEN WEST is the comedy duo of Stephen Simon and Jon Monastero under the direction of Bryan Coffee. They blend physical virtuosity and inventive comedy with poignant writing, broad audience appeal to create their own theatrical style with strong influences of vaudeville, commedia, and clown. Ten West originated in the sketch comedy world in 2003, and has been touring throughout […]

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Guest Post: What makes a Great Commedia Mask? by Stanley Allan Sherman

[I’ve asked a few great mask makers to submit a guest post entitled: What Makes A Great Commedia Mask? Their responses will appear here over the next few days. The images sprinkled throughout this page are from the author’s website, copyright by the author (as is the text), and used by permission. For permission to reprint this article or the […]

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Giants of Commedia: Flaminio Scala

The Glorious Ones

Flaminio Scala was an actor/manager of one of the most pre-eminent commedia companies of his time.  A contemporary of Shakespeare, he was an innovator in that he actually wrote his scenarios down.  Before Scala, scenarios were never written down as they were afraid of being stolen- they were the gold with which you could make hay, and what distiniguished your […]

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Commedia Mask Museum: Amleto and Donato Sartori

After World War II, the Italian intellectual community was searching for their cultural and historical roots. A number of theatre people started to explore commedia dell’arte, which at that time when it was performed was being done as stodgy museum pieces really devoid of life (think bad Moliere)  A group of artists, including Giorgio Strehler, Dario Fo, Jacques LeCoq, Marcello […]

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19nth Season of the Ko Festival, Amherst

The 19nth season of Amherst’s Ko Festival has been curated on the theme of “It’s All in the Family.” They’ll have five weeks of shows that take a penetrating and entertaining look at families – both traditional and non-traditional. A rich examination of ways that people negotiate expectations, identity and legacy. The festival runs July 5 – August 8, 2010, […]

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