OLD CLOWN WANTED
By: Matei Vişniec
Translated by Alison Sinclair
Directed by: Gregory A. Fortner
Opened in New York: November 2005
“Trap Door Theatre is the perfect company to engage in such an otherworldly examination of emotional contrasts. Director Gregory A. Fortner compiles a wonderful design team and a startling cast. His intelligent direction is captivating, and the other performances are intense, complex, and as whimsical as they are dead serious.”
– Venus Zarris, Gay Chicago Magazine
“There’s nowhere to hide in Trap Door’s black box, and the universally sharp cast doesn’t waste a breath or a twitch.”
-John Beer, Time Out Chicago
CAST: Circus-Szalewski, John Gray, and Bob Wilson
SET DESIGN: Ewelina Dobiesz
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SOUND DESIGN: Bob Rokos
COSTUME DESIGN: Beata Pilch
STAGE MANAGER: Kate Piatt-Eckert
Three aging clowns compete for a job in this absurdly comic look at man’s fear of uselessness in society. Dying is easy, comedy is hard.
New York Run was a part of the ACT FRENCH FESTIVAL and performed at HERE Arts Center.
The show was presented through HERE’s Supported Artist Program, which provides artists with subsidized space, as well as technical and administrative support.
This performance was a part of Act French: The Trap Door Theatre Company presents Old Clown Wanted, by Matei Visniec, at the HERE Arts Center from the 29 Nov – 4 Dec 2005. Presented as part of the ACT FRENCH Festival.A Season of New Theater from France between July 15 – Dec 15, 2005. Six months of intriguing ideas and performances from the front lines of French culture in adventurous theaters in New York.
Act French is made possible by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Association Francaise d’Action Artistique (AFAA), The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), Etant donns: The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts. Generous Support provided by PLAYBILL, the Berlys Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation.