Marcel + The Art of Laughter

Marcel + The Art of Laughter

Marcel + The Art of Laughter

Polonsky Shakespeare Center | Fort Greene

Marcel + The Art of Laughter is a double bill presenting a pair of comic acts from October 27 to November 19, 2017, at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene.


MARCEL; Created by and Featuring Jos Houben and Marcello Magni; U.S. PREMIERE

From Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Parisian home of Peter Brook, comes a poignant two-hander about the collision of clowning and mortality. Jos Houben and Marcello Magni, who starred in Samuel Beckett’s Fragments at TFANA, are comic masters and original members of the famed Complicité. In Marcel, which they co-created, they play an aging physical comedian and an inscrutable, clipboard-wielding nemesis mysteriously enjoined to test him with a battery of absurd tasks. Slapstick meets the limits of age and “all ages laugh and recognize their own absurdity in the comic antics.”

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THE ART OF LAUGHTER; Created by and Featuring Jos Houben

A comedy about comedy about what makes audiences laugh. Performing in English, Jos Houben dissects everyday life – a baby’s first steps, a man falling in a restaurant, the essence of various cheeses – revealing why laughter is at the core of our humanity.  The Guardian calls it a show about “how a body can make people laugh.”




About Theater for a New Audience

For more than three decades, the Theatre for a New Audience has produced over 60 master works, including 28 of Shakespeare’s plays alongside other classic works and distinguished contemporary plays, including Edward Bond’s Chair, W.S. Gilbert’s Engaged, Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats, and Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders, which was named one of the ten best productions of 2007 by The New York Times. In 2001, Theatre for a New Audience became the first American theatre company invited to perform Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon. Its production of Cymbeline, directed by Bartlett Sher, led to continuing artistic dialogue and exchange, and the Theatre returned to the RSC in March 2007 with its production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Darko Tresnjak and starring Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham.

Theatre for a New Audience is also at a turning point in its history: In October 2013, it opened its first home after over thirty years of itinerancy, a 299-seat theatre in the Brooklyn Cultural District that is the first theatre built in New York City for Shakespeare and classic drama since the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center in the 1960s. Thanks to a generous gift from The Polonsky Foundation, we have named our home Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Of a three phase Capital Campaign goal of $69.1 million, the Theatre has raised $66.9 million to date.