November 10, 2011
Posted By: Joey Panek
Well, how's that for a kudo?
"He creates this personable relationship with each audience," adds Greg Leaming , Director of FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.
I recently sat with Greg in his office, discussing Bill's upcoming return to Sarasota. Bill had brought his one-man show, It Goes Without Saying to the Historic Asolo Theater earlier this year.
"But he's a MIME?" I ask, immediately thinking, how can a mime do a one-man show? Doesn't it get awfully quiet?
Greg explains that it is not traditional mime in that sense. "There is no whiteface. No smelling flower tricks." Bill uses mime skills to create the story he's telling. "He brings his own approach to mime."
Bill tells the story of becoming a mime artist. Growing up in Montana. Growing up gay.
Greg cautions that you don't have to be a gay mime from Montana to identify with the show.
"Even though he's very straightforward about where his story has come from, it is completely accessible to anyone."
Greg points out that Bill's prior appearance here this Spring grew box office momentum through word of mouth and sold out. This time, he's here for one show only Dec 9th as a benefit performance for the Conservatory. As part of his visit though, he will be running workshops with the Conservatory students as part of their movement training.
Bill has performed in several NYC productions and was in the Broadway production of The Lion King when he suffered tendon injuries to his hand. While recovering in the hospital, he realized a lifelong dream to study mime with Marcel Marceau. Since then, he has solo shows have met critical and audience success. His latest show, Beyond Words just finished a successful engagement in NYC.
Check out this clip from It Goes Without Saying:
Tickets, which include the performance and a post-reception with the artist at the museum's restaurant, Treviso, are $75. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be directed to the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. For reservations, call 941-351-8000 or visit www.asolorep.org/conservatory.