As Seen On TV

1988, 24:39 min, color, sound

In As Seen On TV, "new vaudevillian" performance artist Bill Irwin is the subject of a wryly comic performance narrative. Framed by the storyline of a parodic theatrical audition, Irwin plays a hapless Everyman who inadvertently becomes trapped inside a television set. Displaying an antic physical comedy that has been likened to a contemporary rendering of Chaplin's Little Tramp, Irwin wanders, baffled, through the television space, caught in the flow of televised soap operas, commercials, sitcoms and ballets. This narrative ploy allows Irwin and Atlas to demonstrate their respective skills at constructing an ironic and inventive forum for contemporary performance.

Director/Editor: Charles Atlas. Choreography: William Whitener, Diane Marter. Music: Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham; Abram Khatchaturian; Lipp and Cohen; The Ohio Players; Boris Policeband; Gene Mackles. A co-production of WGBH and KTCA. Executive Producer: Susan Dowling. Special Thanks: Amity Arts, The Kitchen, Pineapple Fitness and Dance Center, Showroom Outlet, Craftmatic Beds, Vadar Industries, Wolf Paints and Wallpaper, Skip Blumberg, Peter S. Diggins, Robin O'Hara, Karen Flaherty, Eleanor Jewett, and Robin White.