January 9, 2013 by rmwerner
LAST MAN STANDING:
THE FINAL CHAPTER (NOT REALLY)
So I’m back in LA.
Lots of things to do.
The Annual Hollywood Performance Marathon is coming up.
THEATRE OF NOTE
SAT JAN 19TH
Show starts at 3 PM
Goes till it ends!
I will close the show as the last man standing for the 18th year in a row.
I do a half hour uber-trippy musical puppet performance art horror operetta I call
The full title of the piece this year is listed above.
No intention of it really being the last.
Already brainstorming on a karaokapocalypse blues show with live music.
But that’s for another marathon.
I started brainstorming on this year’s coming show almost immediately after last year’s.
I often begin with pieces I had to previously cut from other shows because of time constraints or the like.
This years piece will also be a mix of short bits, musical numbers, props, puppets, vegetable theatre, sound bites, magic tricks, grande Grand–Guignol and surprises.
Probably close to 100 new pieces of art for the show.
For my purposes I’ve always taken the term performance art quite literally.
That is, I use the one medium of performance as a way to showcase the other medium, my graphic art; my paintings, puppets, masks, sculptures, props etc.
In a sense, my solo works are the polar opposite of my ensemble work.
If I do it correctly, there is strange loneliness and inevitable doom I should feel from executing it.
Like Daffy Duck.
Devil Costume, with a belly full of Nitro.
Match in hand.
“Girls, you’d better hold onto your boyfriends”
Swallow the Match.
Frank Moore described my work as reminiscent to Ernie Kovacs.
I think it’s Ernie Kovacs meets Un Chien Andalou.
I’m kind of prop comedian although I’m not always going for a laugh.
Sometimes a gasp will do.
Practicing up on my Harmonica.
Just brought over 50 beanie bears back from Washington.
Almost a shame to deface them..
Planning on doing a mini-panto of the rising of a messianic teddy bear avatar.
Everyone who stays late to watch my piece gets a teddy bear
and maybe more!
Lots of art gifts to give away at the show this year.
Vegetable porno mags, teddy bears from hell, a visual guide for the show and at least 3 BRAND NEW CARS to the lucky audience member(s).
So many puppets to build.
So little time.
The wonderful Christine Breihan will be joining me for the finale.
Ever so psyched!
More to come!
Show was a huge success!
Theatre of NOTE has been and will always remain my artistic home.
I went on stage around 4am.
Show lasted a half hour.
I’ll have pics and a video archive of my performance very soon.
Certainly the most ambitious thing I’ve put together.
My two most complex puppets (Mr Skull and Richieface Bustapart) broke mid performance.
Lots more to come!