Sep 6, 2011

Barrymore Award Nomination

I've been nominated for a Barrymore Award (by the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia) for my work earlier this spring in "A Passing Wind," in which I played legendary Vaudeville performer Joseph Pujol – a.k.a. Le Pétomane (“The Fartiste”). I had the honor of performing the story for Pujol's own great-grandson and great-great grandson and talking with them afterward about their infamous ancestor. Many thanks to the troupe of seasoned players and the committed creative team who supported me. And thanks, Philly!

With the cast and creative team of A PASSING WIND, as well as Henry and Marc Pujol, Joseph's great and great-great grandsons.

World Premiere Musical
An enchanting chamber musical chronicling the (mostly) true life of  Joseph Pujol – a.k.a. Le Petomane (“The Fartiste”). From provincial baker to populist entertainer at Paris’ renowned Moulin Rouge, Pujol grosses-out thousands, while out-grossing his contemporaries, until World War I leaves unprecedented devastation in its wake, and Pujol’s act of crepitation no longer tickles France’s funny bone.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Seth Rozin
Directed by Seth Rozin
Music Direction, Sound Design by Daniel Perelstein
Assistant Director, Choreography by Karen Getz

Damon Kirsche as Joseph Pujol
Leah Walton as Elizabeth Pujol
Ian Bedford as Henri Oller
Tim Moyer as Sigmund Freud
Laura Catlaw as Angèle Thibodeau
Peter Schmitz as Claude Monet
Maureen Torsney-Weir as Sarah Bernhardt
Jered McLenigan as Erik Satie

"The Spirit of Paris 1910-1920"