Selected Community Events
Oct 25, 2012 - Oct 28, 2012 October 25-28
The Millibo Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan Street, Colorado Springs
While we live in a world where we communicate primarily through words and sounds, the absence of such can sometimes be the most effective way of conveying a societal message. New York-based actor Bill Bowers explores the power and meaning of silence in his upcoming solo play “Beyond Words”, which will take the Millibo Art Theatre stage for four performances October 25-28.
“’Beyond Words’ is a continuation of my ongoing investigation of Silence in our culture,” said Bowers. “I use the Art of Silence to explore the Silence in our lives, what isn't spoken about, and the experiences we all have that go beyond words. In this play, I look at the journey from Boyhood to Manhood, and focus on what is expected of boys and men; and most importantly, what is the experience of the male who doesn't fit the mold, doesn't meet expectations, the one who transgresses?”
The play is comprised of a series of stories, some from Bower’s own life and some from experiences that others have shared with him. “Beyond Words” examines what boys learn on their way to becoming men. The storytelling blends monologue, mime and music, and runs the gamut from hilarious to heartbreaking. Included in the evening is a Chaplinesque pantomime about a Wild West adventure, an adaptation of a story from Sherwood Anderson's novel Wineburg, Ohio, and a piece inspired by hate crimes against LGBTQ youth; in particular, the murder of Matthew Shepard.
Bowers has spent much of his career traveling to communities throughout the U.S, and some of the stories come from his experiences as a performing artist in small towns across the country. “But, the genesis of this play comes from the poem that was pinned to my blue baby blanket on the day my parents brought me home from the hospital after I was born,” Bowers notes. “The poem was titled ‘What is a Boy?". I came across this poem when I was going through my Mother's things after her death a few years ago. I was intrigued by the poem, and how little it seemed to do with the boy I actually was.”
Millibo Art Theatre Co-Founder Jim Jackson sees “Beyond Words” as a perfect fit for the kind of productions the MAT seeks to bring to their audiences. “We are dedicated to offering our patrons the best in ‘new’ theatre, and Bill’s solo work is an inspiring and creative exploration of critical issues in our society. We’re proud to have him on our stage once more.” Bowers, who has taken “Beyond Words” from off-Broadway to theatres across the country, has a special connection to the MAT. “I have been to this theatre several times, and in many ways, I feel like the Millibo Art Theatre is an artistic home for me.”
For more information, or to obtain tickets, call (719) 465-6321 or go online at www.themat.org. This show is not suitable for children.
About Bill Bowers
As an actor, mime and educator, Bowers has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. His extensive training and heartfelt personal style of acting and pantomime have led him on an incredible journey, from regional stage to tours, television, film and even Broadway. As a student of life, Bowers continues to develop and hone his craft. He is a perpetual "whirling dervish" who keeps busy combining critically acclaimed stage performances in plays and musicals with tours of his original mime shows and educational workshops and residencies. Visit www.bill-bowers.com.
About the Millibo Art Theatre
The Millibo Art Theatre is a 90-seat theatre dedicated to producing and presenting new performance art for children and adults. They present three series of professional theatre, the Kids First, MAT Premieres and MAT Encores. In addition, they provide a full slate of theatre classes and workshops for children and adults. Visit www.themat.org or http://www.facebook.com/MATMillibo.
Jim Jackson, 719-465-6321