Fred Curchack's
Fred Curchack - Master Magician of Performance Art

"…what Curchack is up to in Stuff As Dreams Are Made On is essentially unlike any other solo show. It is, first of all, an ambitious adaptation of The Tempest. Marshaling his formidable training in cross-cultural performance techniques (Noh theatre, Indian Kathakali, Balinese Topeng, African dance, Growtowski's Polish Theatre Lab), Curchack gives himself the challenge of matching the inexpressible beauty of Shakespeare's verse with non-verbal theatrical gestures - and he succeeds impressively…

More than a deconstruction of Shakespeare, however, Curchack's performance is an examination of the actor's art: the power and the pain of impersonation, the humiliation of playing for an audience and the hostility that engenders, the comforting schizophrenia of adopting different identities as an actor and the terror of returning to the inescapable self…

Fred Curchack reminds us of the power of live theater with the fiery magnetism of his images, whose resonance is deep within us. And in this catastrophic period when we are both coddled and threatened by machines, he pushes himself beyond all limits to demonstrate the divine possibilities of the human body."

Don Shewey, Prelude, Portland, Maine