I feel this photo helped define Theatre of Fools for the 21st Century. This was the last picture that Marc took of me in the 20th Century, but it crystalized the direction Rosie and I were heading.
Marc had just finished photographing my new Chicken Man character to promote my one-man show at Bryant Lake Bowl’s cabaret theater that premiered on January 1, 1999.
At the end of the shoot Marc looked down at my shoes, and realized that they hadn’t been included in any of the shots that day. He insisted that I return the next morning so he could photograph just the shoes.
This image he captured the next day ended up becoming Theatre of Fools’ logo because it was the perfect masthead for the direction of our work in the 21st Century. In the following years we developed a series of full evening shows, where I explored a different aspect of the clown archetype in every production. Each of my new characters had one thing in common… their shoes.
Note: This photograph is of my hand crafted slap shoes that I made when Rosie and I were performing at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. During the off days I apprenticed with master shoemaker Doug Gilisppi, who taught me everything I know about shoe making.