About The Traveler
A love letter to modern day immigrants who travel thousands of miles in search of a new home and community, The Traveler is a story of one man who must say goodbye to the life he knows. On his trek, he must face obstacles, build a community, and find himself before he can discover where he belongs.
From the imaginations of celebrated mime Bill Bowers, student of the legendary Marcel Marceau, and director Andrew Frank, comes a silent and whimsical tale of one man’s journey to find a new home.
Created by Andrew Frank and Bill Bowers
Directed by Andrew Frank
Performed by Bill Bowers
Stage Manager Glenn Potter-Takata
Lighting Design by Mariel Sanchez
Costume Design by Michael Growler
Videographer Nick Morgulis
Editor Vincent Dale
What Audiences are Saying about The Traveler
A Delightful Journey Full of Exuberant Surprises
Turns out, while it was indeed “interesting,” it was also immensely joyous, wonderfully heartwarming, and humorous in the most beautiful way.
The best surprise is saved for last, and apparently it’s effect is so powerful that (at least in my performance and the one before it) children from the audience come instinctively to the traveler’s aid. As a long-time theatre-goer familiar with the art of making something look spontaneous when it’s not, I assumed this was a plant. I was wrong. There was simply something so moving in Bowers’ performance that a young child felt drawn to actively participate in his story. If that’s not the only thing better than a standing ovation, I don’t know what is.— Stage Buddy The Insiders Guide To Theater Reviews
The Traveler is a story that reminds us we can learn about ourselves by learning about others and never shy away from those challenging conversations!
As we all know these can be a heavy topic and sometimes it’s easier not to have a conversation with kids, but after seeing this performance our family started a dialogue.
The finished product is just outstanding! I loved how engaged they became and how they recognized the sounds of a NYC subway and some popular landmarks which you will have to see for yourself.
— Suzanne Cohen | Gotham Love
The Traveler is Featured in The New York Times!
Created by Bill Bowers and Andrew Frank for New York City Children’s Theater, the 45-minute play captures the experience of immigrants and refugees who must leave everything familiar to strike out on their own.— The NY Times
A Lovely Piece for All Ages!
Imaginative one-man show with active miming. We traveled around the world with him to laugh and to learn empathy for others. A lovely piece for all ages!— Audience Member
Great to be Exposing Kids to Different Forms of Theater
Wonderful; I especially love how my daughter learned how much can be “said” by a single actor with no dialogue and limited props. It’s great to be exposing kids to as many different forms of theater as possible. Very much enjoyed meeting Mr. Bowers after the show.— Audience Member