A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action: National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA)

Reception | May 18 | 6 – 8 PM
Book Launch Event | May 27 | 6 – 8 PM 

Quixotic downtown theater collective the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) presents a gallery show of illustrations and commentary from their forthcoming book A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action (53rd State Press, 2017).  Based on Henry Siddons’ 1807 actors guide Practical Illustrations of Rhetorical Gesture and Action, this beautifully illustrated book uses the historic form of the original to document the stars and stalwarts of New York’s experimental theater community. At Abrons Arts Center, Jesse Hawley’s hand colored originals will be displayed alongside descriptive commentary by Normandy Sherwood.

Performers documented include Kate Valk, Juliana Francis, David Patrick Kelly, and Black Eyed Susan, actor/director Paul Lazar, writer/choreographer/performer Okwui Okpokwasili, storyteller Edgar Oliver, stars of the neo-burlesque Julie Atlas Muz and Matt Frazier, radical performance ensemble Radiohole, inventor/performer Joe Silovsky and his robot Stanley, playwright Sibyl Kempson, as well as members of Half Straddle, Hoi Polloi, Elevator Repair Service, New York City Players and many independent artists and performers.