Avner is probably best known for his endearing portrayal of The Jewel, the scene-stealing holy man, inThe Jewel of the Nile, co-starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. He was also featured in the filmBrenda Starrand the television series'WebsterandMathnet.
Avner's one-man show,Avner the Eccentric, was a hit of the 1984-1985 Broadway season. He co-starred in Lincoln Center's production of Shakespeare'sThe Comedy of Errors, and returned to Broadway in 1989 in a principal role inGhetto. In regional theatre Avner has played both Estragon and Vladimir inWaiting For Godot, played the title role inR Crumb Comix, and co-starred with his wife, Julie Goell, in the world premier ofZoo of Tranquility.
Avner's new show,Exceptions to Gravity,defies the barriers of language and culture and has toured extensively all over the US and abroad. Avner has often played on subscription at regional theaters including Arena Stage, Trinity Rep, Actor's Theater of Louisville, The Empty Space, Indiana Rep, The Goodman Theater, Portland Stage, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Dallas Theater Center, Seacoast Rep, and San Jose Rep.
In 2004 Avner appeared for three months in a sold out run at Theatre Fontaine in Paris.
This year he will be performing at the Canal Park Playhouse in New York City during March.
In addition to a busy performance schedule, Avner has taught master classes in clowning and Eccentric Performing in the United States, France, Germany, Japan and Spain. He has developed silent theatre skills as a therapeutic tool and also teaches workshops for students and professionals in health care, education and counseling, as well as theatre.
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