SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD – Preview

SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
The first NINA: Are You With It, Rugged Path, and Girl From Nantucket, 1945

When:
Now through June 20, 2020

Where:
Online at the Al Hirschfeld Foundation website

SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: The Solo Show As Seen By Hirschfeld, a collection of 25 drawings, paintings, collages, and prints by legendary artist Al Hirschfeld will be on line for six weeks.  documenting a half century of one person shows.

SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Self Portrait, 1985
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Whoopi Goldberg in Whoopi Goldberg, 1984
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Al Hirschfeld, 2001. Photograph by Louise Kerz.

"In the world of the theater, the one-person show is perhaps the best situation and the worst," writes David Leopold, Creative Director for the Al Hirschfeld Foundation (AHF) in the introduction to the exhibition. "It is a supreme test of assurance and ability; of magnetism and charisma. But the format is also frightening; there's no one to play against, to lean on, to share the criticism. For an actor, if there is no one else to take the blame, there is also no one to share the credit with as well. The applause at the end is for only one performer. In many ways these performers are all caricatures in the sense they have exaggerated elements of their subject to bring a whole life or simply a story to life. So in essence, Al Hirschfeld, the ultimate solo artist, is the ideal portraitist for this unique form of theater."

In addition to showing the artwork in detail, the exhibition links to videos of parts or the whole of some of these solo performances. You can see Henry Fonda as Clarence Darrow, Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson, or Robert Morse as Truman Capote. Or you can see Eric Bogosian, Whoopi Goldberg, and John Leguizamo channel a seemingly endless parade of characters from their solo shows.

SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Mandy Patinkin Dress Casual, 1989
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Patrick Stewart in A Christmas Carol, 1994
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
The Hirschfeld Century published by Alfred A Knopf
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Elaine Strich At Liberty, 2002
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Socially Distant Theater: The Solo Show As Seen By Hirschfeld
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Self Portrait in Barber Chair, 1989
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Lily Tomlin in Appearing Nitely, 1977
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
John Leguizamo in Sexaholic...A Love Story, 2002
SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: THE SOLO SHOW AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD
Christopher Plummer in Barrymore, 1997

Tickets:

Free

Hirschfeld memorabilia is for sale online to support the foundation’s arts education program.

A special episode of "The Hirschfeld Century Podcast," dedicated to the works featured in "Socially Distant Theater" will be available starting May 20 from AlHirschfeldFoundation.org/podcastsiTunes and other popular podcast sites.

Images courtesy of Al Hirschfeld Foundation

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