Best of the Fringe Winner Antonio Sacre in The Next Best Thing
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In 1916, the generally good people of Erwin, Tennessee lynched an elephant. Hot on the heels of sold-out runs at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and The Encore Producers' Awards series, Man's Dominion uses this decidedly disturbing (and completely true) event to examine themes that include animal cruelty, race relations and religious intolerance. An incident that's lost none of its resonance in the ensuing century, Mary -- the 18 year old elephant and captive star of a traveling circus -- killed her trainer and was subsequently sentenced to death by the citizens of Erwin, who saw her hung from a giant railroad crane. A one-man show, this shocking, poignant and powerful play finds actor Tim Powell giving voice to 10 different characters whose lives intersected with this horrific occasion -- including clowns, ringmasters, a minister, a hunter and even both of the event's victims: Mary and her trainer. Learn More
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Learn more about Antonio Sacre and see clips of his performance at his website.
“Remarkable … a serious artist.” —Village Voice
Bill O’Reilly calls him a sexual extremist, and Dennis Miller wants to punch him in the nose. Antonio Sacre, solo performer and two-time Best In Fringe Festival winner at the New York City International Fringe theater festival, returns to the Hollywood fringe with The Next Best Thing, a 60-minute solo performance piece developed with renowned Chicago director Jim Lasko and directed by Paul Stein. At last year’s Fringe, his _LA Weekly _Go-recommended show _My Penis – In and Out of Trouble _was extended and honored as one of Theatre Asylum’s Best of the Fringe.
In The Next Best Thing, Sacre blends contemporary storytelling, ancient myth, and modern verse into a blisteringly funny and moving theatrical exploration of love and its aftermath. What happens after the meltdown? How does one man survive falling in love?
Surprising in his manner, Sacre is self-effacing, with humor coming from his bedrock honesty and piercing writing. _The Next Best Thing _explores love, sexuality, and celebrity unflinchingly.
Born in Boston to a Cuban father and an Irish-American mother, Sacre is an internationally touring solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He earned an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. Since 1996, Sacre has created eight solo performance pieces, performing them to critical and popular acclaim at the New York International Fringe Festival, PS 122, the Present Company Theatorium, and PS NBC in New York City; the San Francisco Fringe Theater Festival; the Hollywood Fringe, Edgefest, the HBO Workspace, and the Comedy Central Workspace in Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Live Bait Theater, and the Rhinoceros Theater Festival in Chicago; the Kennedy Center; and various festivals internationally.
Also a children’s author and storyteller, Sacre’s retelling of the story _The Barking Mouse _was published as a picture book by Albert Whitman and Company in March, 2003. His storytelling recordings have won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Notable Recipient Award, the Parent’s Choice Gold and Silver Awards, and the National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award. He was awarded an Ethnic and Folk Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council.