Genre: Festival

This world-class festival brings New York audiences critically acclaimed clown performances from Paris, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the United States, and more. With 23 mainstage productions, 19 one-night-only cabaret performances, and a series of lectures and workshops by some of the top clowning professionals around the world, The Brick Theater's New York Clown Theatre Festival takes their clowning around very seriously!

On Friday, September 1 at 5 PM New Yorkers are invited to get on the L train and ride to the Brooklyn Bedford stop. Volunteers will be handing out free clown noses at stations along the L train. Participants will get out at Bedford stop in Brooklyn, and march 10 blocks to The Brick Theater along with a marching band and over 100 Clowns! Once arriving at the Brick...participants can participate in a free and fun pie fight.

In addition to performances, the New York Clown Theatre Festival also hosts clown classes, workshops and lectures from some of the world's most prominent and renowned Master Clown Teachers, including Philippe Gaulier (Ecole Phillipe Gaulier, teacher of Ali G, Emma Thompson, Theatre du Complicite), David Shiner (Fool Moon, performer and Director for Cirque du Soleil), and Sue Morrison (European and Native American Clowning Guru) among others.

Bill Irwin leads a Celebrity Guest Panel where accomplished performers talk seriously about clowning. Other events include retrospective lectures on the history of Clown Theatre in North America; "WHY I HATE CLOWNS: The Reinstatement of the Sacred Clown"; "Stage to Silent Screen: Adapting the Clown to Film;" and a Mock Clown Panel (where a panel of Clowns get seriously ridiculous).

The New York Clown Theatre Festival features cabaret evenings on Thursdays at 10pm. These short clown-theatre pieces feature works by diverse artists such as Sean Edwards ('STOMP'), Gandhi (Gautham Prasad, Ringling Brothers Circus), Spatz Donovan (life-long circus
performer/showbiz chameleon who can impersonate 26 American film, radio and theatre funnymen.) and many others. For a list of cabaret performances, visit

RED BASTARD Performed by Eric Davis
Red Bastard is New York's King of Fools! This one-man buffoon show stars Red Bastard as a grotesque, yet disarmingly charming Bouffon, whose enormous ego is matched only be his colossal red ass.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 11 PM; Fri., Sept. 8 at 10:30 PM; Thurs., Sept. 21 at 9 PM

Eric Davis stars as a bone-thin cantankerous clown, whose neurotic endeavors run the gamut of comic expression. Wildly impish one moment, pathetically gutless the next, he answers the call to an epic adventure only to find himself stranded in a cave for 100,000 years.
Surrounded by the skeletons of failed attempts, he must now conquer a disembodied voice as this unlikely hero fends off monsters, struggles to make a name for himself and quests to find the Glove of Never Ending Awesomeness.
Thurs., Sept., 14 at 8:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 10 PM; Sun., Sept. 17 at 2:30 PM

I'M SORRY & I'M SORRY by The Candidatos
Part Marx Brothers, part Coen Brothers, part Cirque de Soleil, I'm Sorry & I'm Sorry employs physical comedy, evasive banter, acrobatic drunkenness, willful deception and no small amount of absurdity to tell the tale of a seasick sailor and his perfectly incompetent
Sat., Sept. 2 at 9 PM; Tues., Sept, 5 at 8:30 PM; Thurs., Sept. 21 at 7 PM;
Fri. Sept. 22 at 10 PM

CHICHE CAPON'S CABARET by Associates Les Nouveaux Gitans (FRANCE)
A show for kids lost in adult clothes, or adults who've kept point of view and sensibility of youngsters, this show presents a gallery of characters successively fragile, possessive, jealous, authoritarian, candid and magnanimous. In search of beauty and harmony, they're
looking for meaning to life and to time's race.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 5:30 PM; Sun., Sept. 3 at 8:45 PM; Wed., Sept. 6 at 8:30 PM;
Fri., Sept. 8 at 8:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 9 at 9:30 PM

KNOTT...MY BEST MOMENTS Performed by Erin Bouvey (CANADA)
A show that plumbs the depths of bafflement and soars to the heights of passion, Knott...My Best Moments is an adventure down the rickety tracks of pride and cowardice. It is about the scathing and salacious Flam St. Cyr. On the lam, out of food, and armed only with a sheepskin hat to protect her, she is poised to take on all the atrocities of our modern world - bad taste, apathetic diversions and seductive grapefruits.
Fri., Sept. 15 at 10 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 2:30 PM; Wed., Sept. 20 at 8:45 PM;
Sat., Sept. 23 at 6:30 PM

BOUFFON GLASS MENAGERIE by The Perfectly Touchables
Gentlemen callers beware: The Wingfields plume their nest with broken glass, twisted morals, and perverted minds. Each night a new audience member will get to play the role of Jim. Tom, Amanda, and Laura claim no responsibility for your hurt feelings or offended
sentiments. Tennessee Williams is spinning in his grave. Why would anyone do this to an American Masterpiece!
Fri. Sept. 15 at 11:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 11:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 23 at 9:30 PM

SINGER AND SAW by Sarah Worthinton and Nathan Carver
Singer and Saw combines the talents of a lyric soprano and clown-turned-musical-saw player. These two should never have met. But they have. The result is a unique vaudeville show that starts as a serious recital, ends in loving tribute and is interrupted by an
outrageous collection of saws.
Sat., Sept. 9 at 3:30 PM; Mon., Sept. 11 at 8:30 PM; Fri., Sept. 22 at 7 PM

BIG TIME by Peter Daniel Straus
A weird out-of-towner wanders onto a stage, accidentally becoming the reluctant star of his own show. An absurd and ridiculous exploration of theatricality and discovery.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 7:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 5:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 23 at 11 PM

CLOWNS Developed by Glass Contraption and Chris Bayes
Performed with great gusto and presentational chutzpah by a company of clowns who share a collective dream: to make a good and funny show, with great tragedy and triumph, that will knock your socks off, make you pee in your pants and break your heart all in one evening!
CLOWNS journeys through the watercolor landscape of the clown as five strange and beautiful creatures set out in search of their delight and the simplicity of stillness. With knee-knocking fear, but great hope, CLOWNS will bravely undertake this journey into the unknown.
The show is scored with original music and songs on accordion and viola.
Thurs., Sept. 14 at 7 PM; Fri., Sept. 15 AT 7 PM; Sat., Sept. 16 at 7 PM

written and performed by Drew Richardson
The show must go on - even when a suspicious character has eliminated the entire cast. When every entertainer in a vaudeville variety show is mysteriously dispatched, Drew the Dramatic Fool must take over every role in the production, from a 36-ball juggling act to the old saw-the-assistant-in-half trick. If he fails... let's just say that bad reviews can be murder.
Wed., Sept. 6 at 7 PM; Fri., Sept. 8 at 7 PM; Sun., Sept. 10 at 2:30 PM

FLAWED GENIOUS Written performed by Barnaby King (UNITED KINGDOM)
Charlie Chaplin meets Norma Desmond in Barnaby King's hilarious portrayal of a tragically repressed Englishman, who yearns for greatness amidst his own mediocrity. Accompanied by a magical piano, Flawed Genius tells a tale of unrequited love and burning ambition.
It is about that part of us that would like to take on the world and win. With a flair for improvisation, Barnaby King gives us a clown for the modern age and a must-see experience.
Sat., Sept. 9 at Midnight and 6:30 PM; Sun., Sept. 10 at 6:30 PM;
Mon., Sept. 11 at 7 PM; Fri., Sept. 15 at 8:30 PM

HACKI GINDA by Hackifun-produktions (GERMANY)
Hacki Ginda is a loud clown with a real affection for his audience. Although Hacki has a strong integrity with his motifs, his show is always filled with the element of surprise. Hackifun Produktions is highly physical comedy.
Sat., Sept. 9 at 2 PM; Sun., Sept. 10 at 1 PM and 8 PM, Mon., Sept. 11 at 10 PM

Kevin's mind is wandering. These meanderings become monologues about suicide with fried chicken in his fists, a preacher searching for "spiritual DNA", his mother bargain hunting for abortion clinics, sleeping with students while drinking alone, whispering fascist
flirtations to telephone operators and chasing his comatose father while enjoying fresh produce.
Tues., Sept. 5 at 7 PM; Thurs., Sept. 7 at 8:30 PM; Fri., Sept. 9 at 8 PM;
Sat., Sept. 10 at 9:30 PM

A visually stunning solo clown piece that explores solitude and the search for joy.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 4 PM; Sun., Sept. 3 at 7 PM; Mon., Sept. 4 at 8:30 PM

In Veni, Vidi, Vici, A sprightly buffoon, Mud seeks the perfect picnic spot and marks it with chalk, trapping herself inside its boundaries. Magic spells expand the territory. New acquisitions awaken a lust for more. Performed with Extraordinary Vacancy, a
short solo female clown piece about the illusion of love and the consumption of it. A dance with a coat, which leads to fight and a love affair with a whiskey bottle.
Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7 PM; Wed., Sept. 13 at 8:30 PM; Wed., Sept. 20 at 7 PM

A LIFE IN HER DAY by Hilary Chaplain
A Life In Her Day is a lifetime created in one day of a working world where everything is created out of everyday objects. A lamp becomes a man, paper towels become a baby, meals consist of marshmallows and nowballs and it all begins in a vertical bed where the audience has a bird's-eye view of the goings on.
Fri., Sept. 22 at 8:30 PM; Sat., Sept. 23 at 2:30 PM

FOOLS MASS by Theatre Group Dzieci
A motley group of medieval village idiots are forced to enact their own mass, due to the untimely death of their beloved Pastor, Fater Jerzy. Filled with buffoonery, comic audience participation and choral singing of sacred hymns from the 8th through the 17th centuries, Fools Mass travels from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Sun., Sept. 24 at 6 PM

Penelope and Pepper arrive in a flurry to take you on an exciting variety show adventure including some friendly improv and audience participation.
Sat., Sept. 16 at 4 PM; Sat., Sept. 23 at 4 PM

The General and Jasper face the opportunity of a lifetime an audition for clown search international ala American Idol. Throughout the ordeal of their audition they must overcome their own incompetence, their miscommunications and misinterpretations and mess-making mishaps.
Sat., Sept. 2 at 2:30 PM; Sun., Sept. 3 at 2:30 PM

Open:   09/01/06
Close:   09/24/06

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Theater:   Brick Theater
Address:   575 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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