'All Wear Bowlers' at the Here Arts Complex
The dreamscape vaudeville all wear bowlers, created and performed by Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle, returns to the HERE Arts Center for an encore presentation from the 22 Apr - 29 May 2005.
all wear bowlers enjoyed its New York premiere at HERE, where it played from the 17 Feb- 12 Mar 2005.
In all wear bowlers, two silent film clowns fall off the screen to find themselves trapped in a live clown show. Caught in an existential nightmare, they employ all the tricks of their trade in an effort to escape it.
This two-person absurdist play melds physical comedy with visual metaphor, stage magic and vaudevillian patter in an exploration of identity and memory, nostalgia and amnesia. Elements drawn from the desolation of Samuel Beckett, the beauty of Renï¿½ Magritte and the pathos of Laurel and Hardy collide, creating a surreal landscape of venomous ventriloquists and belligerent bowlers.
The New York Times applauded the show as ï¿½a singularly inventive and surreal vaudeville actï¿½ and ï¿½one more reason to feel foolish about spending money on a Broadway showï¿½ and The New York Sun proclaimed ï¿½The cityï¿½s funniest show is Off-Off-Broadway.ï¿½
all wear bowlers has been in development for over three years, during which the co-creators Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle have been awarded grants from the Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative and the New York State Council on the Arts. Through this support, they had the opportunity to develop the clown characters with renowned new vaudevillian David Shiner (Fool Moon) as well as probe the showï¿½s darker modernist dramaturgy with director Aleksandra Wolska.
This production includes direction by Aleksandra Wolska, films by Michael Glass, lighting by Randy ï¿½igleuï¿½ Glickman, sound by James Sugg and costumes by Tara Webb.
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