Silent Sunday Slapstick Shenanigans Brunch and Film Screening


Sunday, May 24, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Film Screening and Brunch May 24th

Enjoy brunch and buffoonery while chuckling with classic clowns as Recologie screens a locally produced short film that pays tribute to the silent movie era. Tickets for the event, sponsored by the Nw Rochelle Council on the Arts, cost $25 and include a buffet brunch. Call 914-278-9350 to reserve or email

      “Mabel’s Dressing Room”, a recent selection at the Coney Island Film Festival, takes a humorous and historic look and the early days of comedy through the eyes of the gone — but not totally forgotten — silent film actress Mabel Normand. One hundred years ago the often overlooked Normand was the muse of Keystone studio head Mack Sennett, the co-star of Keystone comedian Fatty Arbuckle and the mentor of a then unknown Charlie Chaplin…Not to mention a gifted comedienne, dancer and Hollywood’s first female film director.

The short film was written by lifelong New Rochelle resident and filmmaker Rudy Cecera, a former writer for “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (the latter also being a New Rochelle native). Cecera produced the film with Iona College professor Mike Damergis at the New Rochelle Elks Lodge (charter 0756) whose classic look and architecture was the perfect backdrop for the events that occurred a century ago. The film stars various New York actors including Broadway singer and songwriter Nellie McKay. Cecera’s goal is to bring the genius of Mabel Normand to the forefront.

Come “behind the door” and see how Mabel and the Keystone crowd created Hollywood humor and history with pratfalls, dancing, period costumes, music and a surprise ending. In addition, an actual high quality 1914 Normand film, Mabel’s Married Life will follow as well as a question and answer session with Cecera where copies of Mabel’s Dressing Room will be made available. Tickets for event (includes buffet brunch) cost $25 . Reservations are a must: Call 914-278-9350 or email

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts; for 40 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. In addition, NRCA has sponsored public art — like the popular Fleur-de-Lis sculptures downtown — and created ArtsFest, while helping to build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government. For more information visit NRCA on the web at

Event Location and Ticket Information

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49 Lawton Street
New Rochelle, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, May 24, 2015
Times: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ticket pricing:

- $25

Presenter: New Rochelle Council on the Arts
Presenter Phone: 914-278-9350
Presenter Website:

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