Bill Bowers is a mime … who talks … about his adventures … around the world, ALL OVER THE MAP. This is a featured event of the special Stonewall50 Fresh Fruit Festival, at The WILD Project 195 East 3rd Street (between Aves. A & B) New York City. Limited Engagement: Wednesday 7/10 @ 8:30 pm and Sunday 7/14 @ 2:30 pm. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/527
For a mime, Bill Bowers has a lot to say. He’s studied with the legendary Marcel Marceau; performed on and off Broadway; at the Kennedy Center, for the president (a different one) at the White House; throughout Europe and Asia; and in-between, at some of the finest grade school cafetoriums in America. In All Over the Map, Bill brings us to 50 states and 25 countries, where we get to share some of his more memorable moments over a 30 year career on the road. Powerful stories that will make you laugh and cry – and even gasp as Bill takes you places so unbelievable they could only be TRUE! Did we mention the hookers and the bunny? Bill’s indelible memories and characters will stay with you long after lights come up.
We took this rare chance to chat with a mime.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a mime and actor, based in NYC. I perform autobiographical solo plays. Originally Montana, much of what I write about is inspired by growing up as a gay kid in the 60’s-70’s in a small western town.
What inspired you to create this unique autobiography?
I have been touring my solo plays around the world for the last 20 years. As of now I have traveled to 35 countries and all 50 states. I have had extraordinary experiences, some of them unbelievable. I keep a journal, and decided to make a solo show about touring a solo show.
In terms of that, once the idea is there … what’s the creative process?
I work with an amazing director named Martha Banta, who has a great ability to hear the overarching story in my stories. She keeps me honest, concise, and basically doesn’t like mime!
You’ve done this many times. What realizations or epiphanies (if any) did it give to you?
I have performed ALL OVER THE MAP all over the map, and I am continually struck with how similar we all are as human beings.
What will your audience take away from this?
I hope the audience will have some great laughs, and I hope they see themselves in the stories I share.
I have been commissioned to make a new solo play, with no words. A true MIME play. I have been working on it for a year so far, and hope to premiere it in 2020.