Part of the famed "Great Performances" series, "Bill Irwin, Clown Prince" will air on WNET/Thirteen at 8 PM ET; check local listings. The program will include excerpts from 25 year's of Irwin's most memorable moments, including scenes from The Regard of Flight, The Harlequin Studies, Mr. Fox: A Rumination, Largely New York, Fool Moon and Waiting for Godot. In addition to an interview with Irwin, the one-hour broadcast will also feature chats with Irwin friends and colleagues, including director Julie Taymor; playwright John Guare; critics Mel Gussow and Richard Schickel; producer James Freydberg; actors Robin Williams, Steve Martin and Brendan Fraser; Signature Theater's artistic director James Houghton; and Geoff Hoyle, an actor, clown and longtime Irwin collaborator.
Bill Irwin began his clowning with San Francisco's famed Pickle Family Circus, and Irwin's comic antics and physical feats are now well known through his many original works, including the Broadway productions of the Tony Award winning Fool Moon, The Regard of Flight and Largely/New York. He is also known for Texts for Nothing (Classic Stage Company and New York Shakespeare Festival) and Scapin for the Roundabout Theater Company. His appearances as an actor range from Edward Albee's The Goat on Broadway and Waiting for Godot for Lincoln Center Theater to Mr. Noodle on "Sesame Street." He was also the Signature Theatre's playwright-in-resident during the 2003-04 season.
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