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A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action

Based on Henry Siddons’ 1807 illustrated actors guide for the London stage, the NTUSA’s A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action documents the stars and stalwarts of New York’s experimental theater community. Published by 53rd State Press, the book includes 36 illustrations by Jesse Hawley of contemporary actors re-interpreting gestures from the original, commentary by Normandy Sherwood in a poetic subversion of the original’s pedagogical style, and an introductory essay by James Stanley contextualizing the project in the history of acting.

Featured artists include Kate Valk, Juliana Francis Kelly,  Black Eyed Susan,  Paul Lazar, Okwui Okpokwasili, Edgar Oliver, Julie Atlas Muz, Radiohole, Sibyl Kempson, Pete Simpson, Jim Findlay, Ayesha Jordan and many others.

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Animals vs. Furniture

Written by Normandy Sherwood, illustrated by Jesse Hawley and published by Ugly Duckling Presse. 10″ x 8″. 36 Pages. ONLY $18!

A dark tale for children and adults, Animals vs. Furniture recounts the life-or-cushions struggle between the eponymous creatures and household objects, as witnessed by a seemingly hapless narrator.

First published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2011, issued in a fully letterpress-printed edition from hand-cut linoleum plates with Japanese Stab Binding, UDP has recently released a perfect bound edition which can be yours for just eighteen bucks!!!

We’re so happy for this book to meet the world!

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What Happened to an Alligator

What Happened to an Alligator

By Leon Stanley. Illustrated by Jesse Hawley. © 2012. 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”. 24 Pages. Drawing, Creative Xeroxing and Stencil. Full Color. $10.00.

This beautifully illustrated book documents the picaresque adventures of a young alligator who finds his way from swamp to park to rocket ship and beyond.

Songs from the Golden Veil


Songs from the Golden Veil is the NTUSA’s first full-length musical release. It contains nine songs from our critically acclaimed production, The Golden Veil, which premiered at the Kitchen in NYC in 2012. Music for The Golden Veil was written by Jesse Hawley, with additional lyrics by Normandy Sherwood and arrangements by Nick Demopoulos.

“excellent, plaintive… expressions of rural America… that wouldn’t be out of place in Harry Smith’s “Anthology of American Folk Music”” (NY Times, 6/8/12)

Songs from the Golden Veil is being released in three formats:

Limited Edition Vinyl LP: Each vinyl record will be one of two hundred, packaged in a hand-crafted jacket designed by Stanley and Hawley and will include a songbook and digital download card. Price: $25
Songbook: handsomely illustrated with hand cut linoleum prints by Hawley and containing the lyrics to all of the songs. Includes Download Card. Price: $15
Digital Download Card: Buy the whole album. Price: $10.
Download Songs:Individual songs will soon be available al la carte on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Check Back for Details.