Now Playing – Week of November 7, 2016

USA

California

Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015), Moses Norton (PTP 2013, MFA 2015), and Kaitlen Osburn (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) created and perform in Nikolai Gogol’s 2016 Election Bonanza & End-Times Hullabaloo, presented by Vacation Mother. Playing November 8 at Arcata Playhouse (1251 9th Street, Arcata, CA). For more information, visit vacationmother.com.

Hannah Gaff (PTP 2009, MFA 2015) created and performs in Terra Incognita: Through The Waves, presented by UpLift Physical Theatre and DIVAfest. Playing November 4-19 at EXIT Studio (156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA). For more information, visit divafest.info.

Now Playing – Week of October 31, 2016

USA

California

Hannah Gaff (PTP 2009, MFA 2015) created and performs in Terra Incognita: Through The Waves, presented by UpLift Physical Theatre and DIVAfest. Playing November 4-19 at EXIT Studio (156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA). For more information, visit divafest.info.

Now Playing – Week of September 26, 2016

Scotland

Ruxandra Cantir (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and performs in Bête Noire as part of Clown Cabaret Scratch Night, presented by CloWnStePPinG and Plutot La Vie Theatre Company. Playing September 29-October 1 at Tron Theatre (63 Trongate, Glasgow). For more information, visit clowncabaretnight.com.

USA

California

Alexandra Blouin (PTP 2012) choreographed and performs in and Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) performs in The Rocky Horror Show, presented by Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Playing September 30-October 30 at Ferndale Repertory Theatre (447 Main Street, Ferndale, CA). For more information, call (707) 786-5483, or visit ferndalerep.org.

Hannah Gaff (PTP 2009, MFA 2015) produced, directed, and performs in Once Upon A Midnight Dreading, presented by AcroSports. Playing October 1 & 2 at AcroSports (639 Frederick Street, San Francisco, CA). For more information, visit acrosports.org.


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Now Playing – Week of June 13, 2016

California

Janessa Johnsrude (PTP 2011, MFA 2013), Allie Menzimer (PTP 2012, MFA 2014), Pratik Motwani (PTP 2010, MFA 2012), Kaitlen Osburn (PTP 2013, MFA 2015), James Peck (PTP 2003, MFA 2006), and Sarah Peters (PTP 2006, MFA 2008) perform in The Big Thirst, presented as part of Dell’Arte International’s 2016 Mad River Festival. Playing June 16-July 3 at Dell’Arte International (141 H Street, Blue Lake, CA). For more information, call (707) 668-5663 or visit dellarte.com.

Billy Higgins (PTP 2012, MFA 2014) performs in Lookingglass Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s co-production of Treasure Island. Playing April 22-June 19 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison Street, Berkley, CA). For more information, call (510) 647–2949 or visit berkeleyrep.org.

Louisiana

Darci Fulcher (PTP 2012, MFA 2014) directs Haydn Seek, produced by Goat in the Road Productions in collaboration with New Resonance Orchestra. Playing June 17 & 18 at Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand Street, New Orleans, LA). For more information, visit goatintheroadproductions.org.

Pennsylvania

Lesley Berkowitz (PTP 2010) created and performs in Music to Laugh By, presented as part of the 2016 SoLow Fest in Philadelphia. Playing June 16-18 at The Whole Shebang (1813 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA). For more information, visit solowfest.wordpress.com.


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Now Playing – Week of June 6, 2016

California

Billy Higgins (PTP 2012, MFA 2014) performs in Lookingglass Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s co-production of Treasure Island. Playing April 22-June 19 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison Street, Berkley, CA). For more information, call (510) 647–2949 or visit berkeleyrep.org.


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Auditions for the San Francisco Neo-Futurists

The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are looking for talented and versatile theatre artists for their ongoing run of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Ensemble members of the company write, direct, and perform in this weekly unique and provocative 60-minute, 30-play revue.

Audition slots are by appointment only and will be held Sunday, May 15 from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Monday, May 16 from 6:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Mojo Theatre (2940 16th Street #217, San Francisco, CA). Callbacks will take the form of a two-day workshop on Sunday, May 22 from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and Monday, May 23 from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Attendance will be requested for the entire time.

Auditionees are encouraged to attend a current production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at SAFEhouse for the Arts (1 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA) on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m.

For more information, some FAQs, and to request an audition time, visit sfneofuturists.com.

Now Playing – Week of April 25, 2016

California

Andrew Eldredge (PTP 2012, MFA 2014) performs in Four Clowns’ Lunatics & Actors. Playing April 29-May 28 at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (1238 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA). For more information, call (562) 508-1788 or visit fourclowns.org.

Ross Travis (PTP 2009) and Amelia Van Brunt (PTP 2011) perform in and Jaron Hollander (PTP 1997) directs The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth! Playing April 22-May 1 at Kinetic Arts Center (785 7th Street, Oakland, CA). For more information, call (510) 444-4800, or visit kineticartscenter.com or rosstravis.com.


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Now Playing – Week of April 18, 2016

California

Ross Travis (PTP 2009) and Amelia Van Brunt (PTP 2011) perform in and Jaron Hollander (PTP 1997) directs The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth! Playing April 22-May 1 at Kinetic Arts Center (785 7th Street, Oakland, CA). For more information, call (510) 444-4800, or visit kineticartscenter.com or rosstravis.com.

Washington

Kate Braidwood (PTP 2006, MFA 2008) and Andrew Phoenix (PTP 2005, MFA 2007) created and perform in WONDERHEADS’ Grim and Fischer, presented by Methow Arts. Playing April 23 at The Winthrop Barn (51 N. Highway 20, Winthrop, WA). For more information, call (509) 997-4004, or visit methowarts.org or wonderheads.com.


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In Search of the Golden Mistake

Alumni Reflections is a regularly-scheduled column where alumni from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre share what’s on their mind. This week’s article comes courtesy of Jeff Raz (PTP 1980):

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt from the soon-to-be published book Building a Clown: A backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil and The Clown Conservatory (working title). Building a Clown is fiction created from the decade that Jeff spent directing The Clown Conservatory in San Francisco. This excerpt is from the point of view of Jake, a student at clown school.]

In a corner store, I mindlessly juggle three oranges. A little boy, black-haired and whiny, sees me and freezes. I juggle for him, he hides behind his dad’s leg and I stop. As I put the oranges down, Dad says: “Hey, that was good. Know any tricks?”

Ego aflame, I pick up the fruit again and do a few moves from my ball-juggling act. The little boy slowly comes out of his hiding place behind Dad. Seeing my audience hooked, I get a little cocky, trying a 360-degree turn in the cramped aisle.

An orange pops out of my hand and hits the floor.

I feel the sting of shame that hits me every time I drop in performance, knowing that even this little boy can see I’ve failed. But the boy is smiling and picking up the orange. He throws it to me, I catch it in the juggling pattern and he is hopping up and down, laughing. He holds out his hands and I soft-toss him another orange. He drops it, laughs, picks it up and throws it back for me to juggle. He screams with delight. We throw back and forth, the boy dropping every throw and me juggling.

Finally, I bring the orange back into my pattern and I look up to see Dad beaming, the storekeeper giving a big thumbs up from behind the register, and the other four or five customers staring at me. Another 360-degree turn, this time I catch the orange with a flourish, and the corner store erupts in applause.

I give the boy an orange, take a little bow and–thrilled, but a little embarrassed–bring my basket to the checkout. The storekeeper doesn’t make me pay for the oranges, and as I’m leaving, Dad yells: “Thank you. You made our day.” The boy is trying to juggle his orange as I turn the corner to home.

The next day at school, the Director is excited to hear my story. “When you dropped that orange, you created the possibility for a connection with the boy. The boy sees an orange coming to him and is thrilled. He thinks ‘My turn to play!’ and throws it back to you, which is the start of something beautiful.

“That drop wasn’t a mistake,” he continues, “a moment when we see that you are less than perfect, a chink in the armor of a professional juggler. That moment is a chance to connect: a Golden Mistake. Clowns live or die by Golden Mistakes. And it takes hours of rehearsal for a clown to be ready to make mistakes golden. My formula is one hundred hours of rehearsal for every minute of material onstage.”

He pauses to let that number sink in. I do the math; even if you were working forty hours a week, by this formula it would take three months to make a five-minute clown routine.

“I know my formula sounds crazy to you. It is crazy. Clowns are a little crazy–but not for the reasons most people think. We’re crazy to work so hard to make such short acts. We rehearse and rehearse and try to be perfect so that we can be fully aware onstage, moment to moment. A professional clown should go into every show both well-rehearsed and prepared for Golden Mistakes. You need to say to yourself, when something goes wrong, I have the chance to make my show get even better than what I rehearsed; I have the chance to make a unique and beautiful connection with these people, right now, right here.

“A clown is both a workhorse and a hummingbird.”


Jeff Raz is a theatre artist based out of Alameda, California, originally from Berkeley, California. He is a 1980 graduate of the Professional Training Program (PTP) at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and performed with The Dell’Arte Company in 1980 & 1981. Jeff is Co-Founder of The Clown Conservatory in San Francisco, California. Connect with Jeff at jeffraz.com and on Facebook.