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Draw the line - it’s fine - Interactive performance wows audiences

Over the course of three and a half years, Michael Alan’s Draw-A-Thon Theater has developed into a multi-level, interactive art project. The performance can and has been done everywhere in New York City, from theaters, to the streets, to galleries, to a church on Governers Island, to a recent guerilla performance inside the Whitney Museum.

They are now at home in a new theater, Jack The Pelican Presents, one of the most innovative gallery spaces in Williamsburg, at 487 Driggs Avenue between North Ninth & North 10th streets. For two consecutive Saturdays, August 23 & 30, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight), the Draw-A-Thon team, with direction by Michael Alan, will be showcasing three performance pieces.

Artists will be drawing simultaneously right inside the gallery and the whole event will photographed, filmed and watched by curious onlookers. The experience is a continuous loop of output and input with all parts informing each other and adding to an overall experience.

All of this takes place in the gallery setting where art is usually only an object and not an action.

Draw-A-Thon Torture, August 23: The Draw-A-Thon Performance Troop will eat each other, cellophane their faces together, battle for yarn. The show will include poses of torture, acts of true love inspired by pain, faces submerged in goo and a tug of the human, two hour act.

The Draw-A-Thon Circus, August 30: Step right up to the circus from Hell. Every circus in the world is outraged that they are naked and don’t play by the rules of traditional circus practice, so they decided to make their own circus. Come one, come all to draw the female skeleton, the eight year Pregnant Lady, the Man/Women, the Chicken Man, the Nine Armed Man, and their special Evil Clown. Many more freaks to come, including you.

Draw-A-Thon Theater was founded by artist Michael Alan in 2005 and he has brought this hybrid art extravaganza to thousands of artists since its inception. As well as the performance, Alan’s fine art will be on exhibit in the gallery along with pieces from team.

Alan works with a talented group of visual and performing artists including Matthew Brennan, Nick Greenwald, Kendra Elliot, Theresa Magario, Valmonte Sprout, Faux Maux, David Number One, David Number Two, Viva La Vivian, Rachel Hoffman, Stephanie Landers, Steve Number One, and Steve Number Two, Jon Holy, Czerton, Carla Bloomberg.

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