What happens when a performance is scheduled and the actor fails to show up?
This is the premise for “No Show,” a one-man play to be performed by Doug Berky on Sunday, April 25, in the David Behan Arena Theatre on the Tusculum College campus. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. in the theater in the lower level (side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum campus.
In “No Show” Berky portrays a lone spectator at the “no show” who unwittingly finds himself on stage and is transformed into several characters ranging from a gorilla to a ballerina as he explores the props and masks on stage.
The audience will experience a variety of theater forms during the show – mime, mask theater, circus arts, storytelling and physical comedy in this hilarious performance for the whole family.
Berky’s performances present classical theater arts in a way that transcends age, race and culture. Using the illusion of mime, the antics of the clown, the transformation of the mask, the suspense of a good story and the excitement of improvisation, Berky inspires laughter and reflection in his audiences.
Performing since the mid-1970s, Berky has toured with such groups as “The Two Penny Circus” and “The Montanaro Mime Theatre.” As a member of the latter, he appeared in the award-winning children’s NBC television series, “See Saw” and four televisions specials for Swedish National Television. In the early 1990s, Berky created a video series, “Jesus Stores” and “Light in the Darkness” with Ecufilm.
Since the early 1980s, he has toured nationally and internationally with his original one-man shows. He has been a featured performer at events such as the Eugene O’Neil Theater Cabaret Symposium and the fifth-year celebration of the CROP walk for the National Council of Churches.
He has also performed and taught as artist-in-residence at numerous schools and colleges including the Commedia School in Denmark, Roanoke College, Furman University and the University of Wisconsin.
In addition to performing, Berky is known internationally for his design and construction of masks. His mask creations are in use in schools and theaters across the country and in Europe. He has created masks for numerous Shakespearean productions, professional ballet productions, music video productions, television production, individual performing artists and of course, his own theater productions.
Admission is $6 to the performance, which is part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2009-10 performance and lecture series.
For more information, contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://arts.tusculum.edu.