Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lucy is The Queen of the Gypsies

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At the end of July, as I narrow my focus on what I want to pursue in my performing, I'm traveling to the Celebration Barn Theatre in Maine to study Eccentric Performing with Avner Eisenberg and Julie Goell. This has me thinking a lot about clowns – who is a clown, what makes a clown, what can I learn from clowns of the past (my favorite clowns) – which brought me to someone I've wanted to draw for a long time: Lucille Ball. Who hasn't watched at least one episode of I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, or Here's Lucy?

This illustration comes from a personal favorite I Love Lucy episode: The Operetta. Lucy plays Camille, The Queen of the Gypsies; a performance I can watch over and over again.

Lucille Ball as Camille, The Queen of the Gypsies, by Ray Caspio

Here's a clip from the episode:

background photos by Frank J. Lanza Photography, courtesy of Theater Ninjas
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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.