Legs And All

Legs And All

Peter Musante and Summer Shapiro photo by Lane Allen

LEGS AND ALL and IN THE BOUDOIR are coming to New York’s APAP conference — Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference — and the shows are open to the public.

The Kraine Theater & The Red Room

85 East 4th St. NY, NY


1/7: 6:30 Showcase + 8:30 Performance

1/8: 6:00 Showcase

1/9: 5:00 Shocase + 7:00 Performance


1/8: 7:00 Showcase – The Red Room (upstairs)

1/10: 7:00 Showcase – The Kraine Theater

1/11: 8:00 Performance – The Red Room (upstairs)

1/13: 7:00 Performance – The Kraine Theater

The Story:


A man in an attic meets a woman in a box.  As they lure one another into their worlds, their curiosity unfolds and exposes a hilarious, mind-bending, innovative allegory for the classic man-meets-woman story.  San Francisco’s beloved physical comedienne Summer Shapiro, teams up with Peter Musante (Blue Man Group – NY), for 55 minutes of kinetic comedy and subtle pathos, all supported by a tango-meets-bluegrass score.

“Utterly mesmerizing. A spellbinding…innovative work” – Show Business Weekly, NYC
“Funny, clever, conceptual, and innovative. Shapiro and Musante raise the craft of clowning to new levels.” – NYTheatre.com
“a kinetic poem” – Cultural Capitol, NY
“an overwhelmingly beautiful piece of art” – That Sounds Cool, NY
“masterful” – LA Entertainment Today
“Deft physical comedy…Legs offers a swift all-ages kick in the funny groin.” San Francisco Bay Guardian
“A brilliant translation of the details of conversant life as we know it, taking these details a few steps beyond Harold Pinter and flinging them with utmost precision into kinetic comedy.” San Francisco Bay Times





Rampaging about the stage in a frothy white hooped tutu and sparkly heels, throwing plates of cold spaghetti around and trying desperately to make an impression on — and be impressed by — the opposite sex, In the Boudoir tells a deceptively simple story about a young female comedienne’s love life.  Matters of the heart can be messy and In The Boudoir delights in making a mess.  Veering erratically and erotically between the cliches of the helpless, ditzy female and the aggressive femme fatale, Shapiro both explodes stereotypes while making us recognize the universal desires for romantic passion within us all.

“Amazingly seamless…Summer conspired to make the entire audience fall at her feet…a masterful, sweetly-scathing performer.” -Chloe Veltman*, lies like truth Arts Journal
“Summer is a master of physical comedy. She speaks volumes in the raising of an eyebrow or the flick of a wrist.” -NYTheatre.com
“It’s impossible not to be delighted by Summer.” -John Gilkey, Cirque Du Soliel

Special Event:

“Devising Physical Theater: a performance workshop in getting out of your own way

Collaborators Summer Shapiro and Peter Musante facilitate a three-hour investigation into the creation of physical theater. Structured around their devising methods for creating LEGS AND ALL, the workshop will help participants identify a creative spark and propose techniques to help extract its theatrical possibilities. The workshop centers around the importance of play and how to harness its creative power.  Participants will acquire new tools and leave inspired to create their own work.

Who’s behind the work:
Creator/Performer of IN THE BOUDOIR
Co-creator of LEGS AND ALL
Summer Shapiro has written, directed and performed a collection of physical comedy shows, touring to San Francisco, Hawaii, Orlando, Los Angeles and New York since 2007.  Sharing the bill with Cirque Du Soliel star, John Gilkey, her solo show In The Boudoir continued to perform through San Francisco and headline at the 2009 WOW Festival.  Shapiro’s PANTS! The Best Show Ever sold out in the San Francisco and New York Clown Theater Festivals in 2008.  She has been a company member and teaching artist with The Medea Project: Theater For Incarcerated Women as well as assistant director for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Merry Wives Of Windsor. Shapiro has trained, performed and taught her craft in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ireland.  She holds a B.A. in acting from UCLA’s School of Theater and has performed on the streets of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Berlin.
Co-creator of LEGS AND ALL
Peter Musante is a San Francisco-raised, Brooklyn-based theater artist currently performing off-Broadway in Blue Man Group. As a Blue Man he’s worked in NY, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, Bogotà, São Paulo, and on the North American Tour. Out of blue, Peter collaborates on original works of physical/puppet/dance theater including Angel Reapers by acclaimed director/choreographer Martha Clarke and Pulizer Prize winning playwright Alfred Uhry. As an educator, Peter is a proud member of the teaching artist ensemble at  the The New Victory Theater where he develops/leads workshops to enhance the theater-going experience for students throughout NYC. He also has spent much of the past year working with medical students as a standardized patient as well as conceiving an original series of sensory-based workshops in kinesthetic awareness which he has facilitated as a guest artist for Movement Workshop Group, Rising Sun Theater Co., and Princeton House Charter School for Children With Autism.


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