Secret Project – Building a Monster or Talking to daughters…

Prune Nourry's 108 Terracotta Daughters

Prune Nourry’s 108 Terracotta Daughters

On Monday December 7, 2015, I’ll be stepping into a studio and working with a number of different artists to generate material to show to the public on December 12, 2015.

The outcome… I’m not sure.

WHAT:
A new work performed by me in collaboration with various artists.

As with any QuipTake production, the show promises to provoke and jostle. It’ll be funny and not.

There will be bourbon.

Why? Come to the show.

Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be sharing images, and ideas related to the piece.

That’s it. What more do you need to know? It is a secret project after all…

WHO:
The collaborators will be revealed in time.

TIMES:
Saturday, December 12, 8pm.

HOW MUCH:
This is a PWYC event with a cash bourbon bar.

LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Toronto

Keep in the loop:
KEEP VISITING US HERE
twitter: @adlazarus

LOVE ME FOREVER BILLY H. TENDER

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BILLY H. TENDER

A new play written and performed by Jesse LaVercombe

Jan 5 — 12, 2016
Videofag
187 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L4

Directed by Adam Lazarus
Dramaturgy by Guillermo Verdecchia
Music by Jesse LaVercombe and Adrian Shepherd
Sound design by Adrian Shepherd
Design by Shannon Lea Doyle and Kelly Anderson
Stage Managed by Alexa Polenz
Produced by Curtis te Brinke

“I want to tell you about a day. January 31st, 2021. It wasn’t that long ago, I believe.

It was a salient day, at least in North America. I felt it on the Internet and in the weather and in my tummy. It was like the zeitgeist finally saw itself in the mirror, and it wasn’t sure whether to fight or flirt, so it kind of did both and just ate itself. It was a Sunday, clear skies but cold.”

– Hal Tender
(second son of Stella Virginia Tender [former Canadian stage actress, now research assistant in the U. of Guelph’s Post-Audience Theatre Theory and Semiotics Department], younger brother of the one, the only, Billy H. Tender)

Pig Iron Presents a Bouffon Masterclass with me…

Pig Iron Presents
Bouffon Masterclass
with Toronto’s Adam Lazarus
*One Night Only – Monday, November 23*  
Join us for a Bouffon master class with Toronto’s award-winning Adam Lazarus, former pedagogical assistant to Philippe Gaulier. Take the plunge into a world of hypocrisy, razor-sharp mockery, physical precision and the satirical world of the bouffon.

About the workshop
This workshop is designed for both professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre, this weekend course will challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions.  The workshop aims to help actors find the pleasure of being present and the utter joys in mocking the sacred and critiquing the people and institutions who have power and influence and who set the rules for how society should function.  

 
About the Bouffon
The bouffons travel in gangs and emerge out of the ghettos and swamps to look at and confront the mainstream world, to poke it and to unveil hypocrisy in all its forms.  A study of the bouffon ideally leads toward play, hilarity and incendiary critiques. It is with the performer’s pleasure to move, to sing, to cry and to dance, that the audience is drawn in and the performer’s beauty is pushed out. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to play and mock social deceptions while simultaneously making audiences love you.
Bouffon creation techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, especially those with a wicked sense of humor. Adam Lazarus is an award-winning actor, director and acting instructor.  He regularly teaches at Canada’s National Theatre School as well as the University of Toronto.  He was a former apprentice to Philippe Gaulier with whom he also studied.  Adam is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.
Date/Time
Monday, November 23, 2015
6:30-10pm
Location
Pig Iron Theatre School
1417 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cost
$30
RSVP
There are a limited number of spaces. Register now.
meganj@pigiron.org
215.425.1100

Performance Intensive – Toronto

IMG_8571PERFORMANCE INTENSIVE – TORONTO
For the first time in 3 years I’m teaching a performance week.  These were always very popular and the timing is finally right again!
 
WHEN:
December 7-12, 2015
10am-3pm + performances on the 12th at 4pm and 8pm.
 
WHAT:
A 6 day performance intensive led by Adam Lazarus and guest instructors.
This course focuses on the generation and refining of material. Starting with the question, ‘what’s on your mind?‘ and ending with created plays, character monologues, turns, dialogues, or readings that are ready for initial public viewing.

The goal is for these pieces to be in the pocket of the students for future development and presentation.

Each day, the time will be split into two streams – teaching and performance.

 
Teaching: We will explore the forms of jeu, clown, bouffon, character and melodrama. Students will be led through various improvisations and movement exercises to inspire scenes, characters and storylines.
 
Performance: Students will offer ideas for performance that will be worked on and refined.
 
On the final day of classes, there will be 2 public showings of the week’s generated material. Showings are PWYC with money going back to the students.
 
FOR WHO:
Designed for professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers. You don’t need to come with a finished idea or any idea at all – just a desire to create and present in a collaborative environment.
 
TIMES:
Monday to Saturday, December 7-12, 10am-3pm.
Saturday December 12, Public showing at 4pm and 8pm.
Please allow 2 to 3 hours of extra time daily outside of class for rehearsal.
HOW MUCH:
$500/$400 for CAEA/union affiliated/teachers/previous students
Showings are PWYC with money going back to the students.
 
$100 deposit required to hold a spot.
 
Bursaries available.
Small class size.
Sign up early.
 
LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Toronto
 
To reserve a spot:
email: adlazarus(at)rogers(dot)com
 
TAUGHT BY WHO:
Adam Lazarus is an internationally celebrated artist and acting instructor across Canada, the USA and in Europe. He is a sessional instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and a regular facilitator of workshops for many of Canada’s top musicians, theatre and film makers. He was the co-founder and artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns for it’s first 10 years and a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier.

WEEKEND INTENSIVE IN FORM – Clown, bouffon, character, melodrama and jeu

WEEKEND INTENSIVE IN FORM
Clown, bouffon, character, melodrama and jeu 
Bootsy Collins by Michael Weintrob

WHAT:
A three day taster of the language of comedy and physical performance. Over the weekend we will explore the forms of jeu, clown, bouffon, character and melodrama.

WHEN:
August 28-30, 2015

FOR WHO: 
Designed for both non-performers as well as professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers.

MORE WHAT:
Le Jeu
French word for play. The foundation of all performance under this pedagogy. A day of discovering how to have fun, how to play on the stage.

Melodrama
The play of performing the greatest emotions of the human palette, the song of the human experience, amplified for 5000 people.

Character
The pleasure to be hidden inside the full bodied mask of a character.

Bouffon
The art of social satire.

Clown
The joy of being ridiculous.

TIMES:
Friday August 28, 6-10pm,
Saturday August 29, 11-5pm
Sunday August 30, 1-5pm

HOW MUCH:
$250/$200 for CAEA/union affiliated/teachers/previous students

$75 deposit required to hold a spot.

LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Toronto

Auditing options available.
Bursaries available.
Limited Space available.

For more info or to reserve a spot:
visit: www.quiptake.com,
email: adlazarus@rogers.com
call: 416-821-3833

TAUGHT BY WHO:
Adam Lazarus is an internationally celebrated artist and acting instructor across Canada, the USA and in Europe. He is a sessional instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and a regular facilitator of workshops for many of Canada’s top musicians, theatre and film makers. He is the artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns and a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier.

Bunker in Vancouver

The Art of Building a Bunker is coming to Vancouver May 27-30 as part of the rEvolver festival.

Tickets and info here:  https://thecultch.com/events/the-art-of-building-a-bunker/

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2 Week Creation Workshop in July

IMG_8571This July, I’m running a two week intensive geared towards creation and presentation.

This course focuses on the generation and refining of material. Starting with the question, ‘what’s on your mind?‘ and ending the two weeks with created plays, character monologues, turns, dialogues, or readings that are ready for public viewing.

The goal is for these pieces to be in the pocket of the students for future development and presentation.

Classes run Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm

Please allow 2 to 3 hours of extra time daily outside of class for rehearsal.

Public performances on Saturday July 26th and Sunday July 27th.

Limited class size of 14 people.

If interested, please fill out the application below and return to me at adamlazarus0(at)gmail(dot)com

What: Creation Workshop
When: July 13 – July 26, 2015, 10am to 5pm weekdays, weekend evening performances
WherePia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Studio Theatre
Cost: $600 ($480 for union and previous students)
Who: Myself and guest movement instructors and dramaturges

APPLY HERE: Creation Workshop Application

January 2015, I’m teaching at Pig Iron Theatre in Philadelphia

Pig Iron Presents

Bouffon Physical Performance Workshop
with Toronto’s Adam Lazarus

Join us for a weekend intensive Bouffon workshop with Toronto’s award-winning Adam Lazarus. Take the plunge into a world of hypocrisy, razor-sharp mockery, physical precision and the satirical world of the bouffon.

This workshop is designed for both professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre, this weekend course will challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions.  The workshop aims to help actors find the pleasure of being present and the utter joys in mocking the sacred and critiquing the people and institutions who have power and influence and who set the rules for how society should function.

The bouffons travel in gangs and emerge out of the ghettos and swamps to look at and confront the mainstream world, to poke it and to unveil hypocrisy in all its forms.  A study of the bouffon ideally leads toward play, hilarity and incendiary critiques. It is with the performer’s pleasure to move, to sing, to cry and to dance, that the audience is drawn in and the performer’s beauty is pushed out. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to play and mock social deceptions while simultaneously making audiences love you.

Bouffon creation techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, especially those with a wicked sense of humor. Adam Lazarus is an award-winning actor, director and acting instructor.  He regularly teaches at Canada’s National Theatre School as well as the University of Toronto.  He was a former apprentice to Philippe Gaulier with whom he also studied.  Adam is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.

 

Dates/Times

Friday, January 16 7-10pm

Saturday, January 17, 2015 10am-5pm (with one hour lunch break)
Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 10am-5pm (with one hour lunch break)

Location

Pig Iron Theatre School of Advanced Performance Training
The Crane Old School

1417 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost

$175.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a spot.

RSVP
A limited number of spaces are available. Register now.
workshops@pigiron.org
215.425.1100

www.pigiron.org

Press release for Bunker

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Factory Theatre and QuipTake present
THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER
Written by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia
WARNING:  A play about sensitivity training that is anything but sensitive

On Stage October 11 to November 2, 2014

Factory Theatre launches its 45th season with the main stage world premiere of THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER in partnership with QuipTake. This one-man tour-de-force is co-written and directed by Guillermo Verdecchia and co-written and starring Adam Lazarus. First seen in 2013 at SummerWorks Festival, the show was heralded by Torontoist.com, The Grid, BlogTO and Artvox.ca as one of the best of the Festival, as well as named Best of the Fest for Outstanding Production, Performance and Direction by NOW Magazine.

THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is a viciously funny and tragic story recounting a week in the life of your average Elvis as he endures mandatory workplace sensitivity training. Elvis finds himself surrounded by a group of characters that is diversely bizarre and bizarrely diverse, all portrayed by Adam Lazarus with a sharp wit and comic genius. THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is an equal opportunity satire where nothing is sacred and no one is spared.

Guillermo Verdecchia is a director, playwright, dramaturge, and reluctant actor. He is the recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for Drama for his play Fronteras Americanas and a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award. His work, which includes the Governor General shortlisted Noam Chomsky Lectures (with Daniel Brooks), the Adventures of Ali & Ali (with Marcus Youssef and Camyar Chai), and Another Country, has been anthologized, translated into Spanish and Italian, and produced in Europe and the US. He is a Resident Artist at Soulpepper where he heads New Play Development.

Adam Lazarus is an award winning actor, director, and acting instructor and graduate of L’École Phillipe Gaulier. He is faculty at The National Theatre School of Canada and the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns. Notable credits include, The Solo Show Project at the National Theatre School of Canada (2009-13); The Lupe Trilogy (QuipTake); Bleed (QuipTake); [boxhead] (Crow’s Theatre/ Mammalian Diving Reflex);  Wonderland  (QuipTake); Le Fain de Partie (Waves Festival/Luminato Festival); Appetite  (Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille/ Exchange Rate Collective); Tyumen, Then (Groundwater Productions); and Terminus (Outside The March).

QuipTake produces startling new works that engage audiences through bouffon and clown styles. Often heralded as political meets comic, the works of QuipTake are challenging, entertaining and relevant. THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER is a Factory Theatre and QuipTake partnership. 

FACTORY THEATRE and QuipTake present
THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER
Created and Written by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia
Directed by Guillermo Verdecchia • Starring Adam Lazarus
Set and Costume Designs by Camellia Koo
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay • Sound Design by Richard Feren
Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)

Run Dates: October 11 to November 2, 2014 • Opening Night: Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 8pm
MEDIA NIGHT: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm • Sundays @ 2pm

Ticket prices range from $23-$45 (plus applicable service charges) and can be purchased by calling 416.504.9971 or online at www.factorytheatre.ca

Student/Senior/Arts Worker discounts and limited Pay-What-You-Can Sunday Matinee tickets also available

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710 • www.flip-publicity.com @Flip_Publicity
Ashley Belmer X253 ashley@flip-publicity.com or Carrie Sager X224, carrie@flip-publicity.com

Download Press Release here:
FactoryTheatre-BUNKER

Summer 2014 in pictures

9th Annual Toronto Festival of Clowns

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Red Nose Does Date Night

9th-Anniversary

9 years strong

Wrecking Ball – Nigeria 287

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Giacomo Sellar as ‘The Mime’ in Nigeria 287

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Adam Lazarus and Elizabeth Anacleto as ‘The Anchors’ in Nigeria 287

SummerWorks 2014 with Linnea Swan and Light Fires

The Review Project with Linnea Swan

The Review Project with Linnea Swan

Light Fires in 'Do I have to do everything my f$&*ing self?'

Light Fires in ‘Do I Have To Do Everything My F$&*ing Self?’