By Carey Purcell
24 Sep 2013
The film, based on Pisoni's life growing up in the Pickle Family Circus with a clown for a father, will expand on themes from his one-man show, Humor Abuse.
Humor Abuse, which centers around the father/son relationship established when the father is a clown, is currently in performances at the Mark Taper Forum.
"At age 2, Lorenzo stumbled into the circus ring during intermission with a fully realized silent clown act. And a life in the family business began. It was sealed when he signed a contract with his parents' Pickle Family Circus at age 6, becoming his dad's clown partner," press notes state. "Lorenzo's unique story — and those of his father Larry, his mother Peggy, his sister Gypsy (who recently created the circus work in the Tony-winning Broadway smash Pippin), his godfather (and original Pickle member) Bill Irwin, and many others in The Pickles — captures the spirit, the lunacy, the daring, the danger and the dysfunction of growing up in a circus family."
"It was completely incongruous to me that this straight-laced, terrific actor who looks like Clark Kent grew up juggling, flying through the air, and tap-dancing in a gorilla suit! I couldn't stop asking questions,” Westfeldt, who co-starred with Pisoni in The Explorers Club at Manhattan Theatre Club, said in a statement.
Hamm, Westfeldt, Rexer and Dusseault have joined Pisoni as producers on the documentary, and Pisoni and Rexer will co-direct the film. Rexer will also serve as director of photography.
Watch the video for the Kickstarter campaign here.
For more information about Humor Abuse, visit centertheatregroup.org.