Marissa Molnar & Joél Perez of “Skin”

Broken Box Mime Theater presents SKIN at The Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theater at A.R.T./New YorkListen in as Broken Box Mime Theater‘s Marissa Molnar and Joél Perez discuss creation of the company’s new show Skin, the freedom that comes from restrictions, “the spark,” leaning on the audience’s imagination, the power of reveal, and introducing future generations to the distilled theatrical power of mime.

“…what we’re really interested in is, not just performing for a small group. We want to open up the conversation to include as many people as possible…our work […] should be really accessible to anyone…”

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Becky Baumwoll & David Jenkins of “See Reverse”

Broken Box Mime Theater presents SEE REVERSEListen in as performers Becky Baumwoll and David Jenkins of Broken Box Mime Theater discuss working in the brand-new Gural Theatre in midtown, starting from naturalistic acting, how the company makes an evening from a series of smaller pieces, mime as free jazz, paring down your gestures to streamline a story through movement, wearing matching shoes, when giving line readings is ok (and preferred), and why you might want to rehearse with an audience.

“…something about the efficiency unlocks a huge amount of possibility for us as storytellers…there’s something about not having words that invites the audience to really immerse themselves in what’s happening. And, when you are building invisible objects, or interacting with an invisible costume, or a prop, the audience, in order to understand, has to fill in that blank…We’re using your imagination as our palette to create the story…”

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Nick Abeel and Becky Baumwoll of “Above/Below”

Broken Box Mime Theater presents ABOVE/BELOW at HERE Arts CenterThink of a mime.

Now go see Broken Box Mime Theater, and let them explode whatever preconceived notions you have.

Their new show is called Above/Below, a series of vignettes about what’s on the surface, and what’s hidden underneath, all done in mime.

Listen in as troupe members Nick Abeel and Becky Baumwoll discuss how mimes mess around, mime-versity, and what they’re keeping in their hearts.

…and even theatre-people [think] it’s boxes and ropes, ‘stop being stuck in a box, and climbing a rope.’ But in that way, we are able to really blow peoples’ minds, because we take it so much farther than that. People are surprised to find how playful, and profound, and accessible, and funny, and deep the form can be…”

“…we all happen to come to this medium because we love theatre, and mime is the most distilled version of theatre, in our opinion. It lets us get at the heart of the work the most efficiently and effectively…”

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