The Tonto Community Concert Association will present the one-man theater of Robert Post, "POSTman Delivers" this weekend.
The performance is at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the Payson High School auditorium.
Post presents a laugh-out-loud evening of skits. With remarkable physical dexterity, playful satire and wit, Post creates an unforgettable host of character changes. He is witty and wise, verbal and visual, humorous and hysterical.
Two major influences sparked Post's childhood desire to go into show business -- the sight of his grandmother, Assunta DiMenna, spontaneously dancing and singing at any family occasion (including funerals), and the classic vaudeville, juggling and specialty acts featured on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 60s.
When Post was at a loss for a major as a freshman at Ohio State University, he signed up for classes in Absurdist Literature because he liked the sound of "absurd." After a year of devouring works by Beckett, Pinter, Ionesco, Genet and others, Post was enchanted and thought that all great literature was written this way.
His career as a performing artist would have never happened if he had been successful at his first love -- golf. But, being half Italian, he struggled with his temper as a player. He did enjoy success as a caddy and carried the bags of some of the greatest players of all time including, Byron Nelson, Tom Weiskopf, Lanny Watkins, Judy Rankin, and Chi Chi Rodriguez.
In 1978, in an obsessive quest to find a teacher who could help him blend his love of character work with the magical techniques of the movement arts, Post traveled to the woods of South Paris, Maine, to take a workshop with the visionary theatre artist, Tony Montanaro.
This began the foundation of Post's unique creative style, and his artistic collaboration with Montanaro continues to this day. Post also continues to study with a variety of artists, teachers, and acting and dialect coaches. Over the past 26 years, Post has performed in nearly every conceivable setting, including street corners, dinner theaters, prisons, factories, schools, TV commercials, homeless shelters, festivals, riverboats, and with symphony orchestras. He has created more than 30 works since 1973, for which he has received numerous awards and fellowships. Post is an alumnus of Affiliate Artists program and has toured his one-man performance to 45 states, Canada, Mexico and Japan.
Since 1994, Post's work has been seen across the U.S. and in Canada on national television (PBS) in a special award-winning special, Robert Post-In Performance and regionally in a variety of PBS educational programs for high school students.
In 2001, the POSTman Delivers was presented by New York's internationally acclaimed New Victory Theater to rave reviews and sold out houses.
At this last regular performance of the TCCA's 2004-2005 season there will be an opportunity to learn about the 2005-2006 season.
It begins Aug. 21 with a performance by the acclaimed men's chorus, Spirit of Phoenix. Future guest artists will be singer Susan Egan, known as The Belle of Broadway; guitarist Edgar Cruz; the review, Country Tonight; singers Nathan Granner and Lisa Williamson, who present both opera and musical theater pieces; The Coats vocal band; and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, who will have the joint jumping with popular music from the 20s, 30s and 40s.
Season tickets are $60, plus the TCCA has a variety of contribution plans in which to participate and provide additional financial support for its programs.
For further information about season or individual tickets, call Eloise Jones (928) 478-4363 or Marilyn Wolfe (928) 474-6115 or check out their website at www.tccarim.org.