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4 Clowns
EXIT Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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4 Clowns
A physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be human. Follow four clowns; sad, mischievous, angry and nervous as they reminisce about their past. As the old adage goes, 'laughter is the best medicine' but laughter comes most earnestly when reflecting on past sorrows. As the clowns tell their tales of woe and elation from childhood to adulthood we discover that they are all the same, and so are we. 2010 Hollywood Fringe Award Best Physical Theatre. "daring and energetic, weird and wonderful" Huffington Post "his cast is gifted, GO!" LA Weekly "skilled and true" - Backstage

"Told with full speed ahead vignettes of every imaginable manner of dysfunction, the narrative is punctuated with physical humor audience-suggested riffs, and musical numbers." James Scarborough, Huffington Post
"100% Sweet" - Bitter Lemons

"I appreciate that Aluma's creation is not a one-sided happy clown show, but an honest, hilariously exaggerated, portrayal of the human experience."
Vincent Chavez, Union Weekly

"The stories are funny, yes but also poignant and pointed. You owe it to yourself to see this wicked take on the world." John Farrell, Random Lengths

"The improvisational flow here is key, and the clowns constantly sprinkle the spontaneous within the structure, a flavoring that goes down so well..."
Greggory Moore, Greater Long Beach

"Aluma may be saying that human pain is at once particular and universal; what's certain is his cast is gifted..." GO! - Amy Nicholson, LA Weekly & Backstage

"The playful, troublemaking 4 Clowns offer a night out you won't soon forget. The 4 Clowns are thrillingly unique, and you could possibly leave asking, 'Did that really just happen?" - Stephanie Forshee, Campus Circle
"Aluma's 4 Clowns had a powerhouse design team behind them". - Marlon Deleon, Long Beach Examiner

"This piece is a must-see for lovers of spontaneity, devised-movement theatre, and laughing til you cry". - Kat Primeau, LA Theatre Review

"The cast are all versatile, distinctive and eye catching". - Trish Ostroski, Tolucan Times

"WARNING: Do not hire these clown for your 5-year-old's birthday party. But definitely go see 4 Clowns (sans the little ones, of course). The archetypal clowns (Nervous, Mischievous, Angry and Sad) go through the stages of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and death. Not necessarily a morality play, it does leave the message that even though life is horrible- I mean really f***ing horrible - at least we can laugh our way through the pain. Each clown is an honest, albeit exaggerated, version of humanity, expertly crafted and directed by Jeremy Aluma and his quartet of brilliant clowns. A mixture of classic clowning techniques with singing and improvisation- this is definitely a must see. You'll be sure to cry...from laughter." - Ashley Steed, LA Theatre Review

CAST & CREW

Alexis Jones (SAD CLOWN) graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Electronic Media. Alexis has studied the art of clown with David Bridel and Orlando Pabotoy at Studio Six, a Los Angeles based clown school. Alexis originated the role of Sad Clown and will continue to play her on the 2011 Summer Tour to include the Minnesota and San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Kevin Klein (MISCHIEVOUS CLOWN) is a Los Angeles based actor who has performed in numerous shows over the past 10 years. He studied theatre at California State University, Long Beach where he worked with Italian commedia dell arte master Marco Luly. Kevin toured Los Angles and Orange County in 2005 with SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA produced by the Little Fish Theatre and performed in the Award Winning production UBU THE SHIT! in Hollywood. Kevin studied the art of Clown under the tutelage of David Bridel and Orlando Pabotoy at Studio Six, an LA based clown school. In 2010, Kevin was involved with the creation of FOUR CLOWNS, originating the role of Angry Clown at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival and Mischievous Clown at the Long Beach Playhouse.

Raymond Lee (ANGRY CLOWN) is an actor, clown, and musician native to Los Angeles and is thrilled to be working with these clowns again. He is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Cal State Long Beach, where he studied movement and clown under the guidance of Orlando Pabotoy and David Bridel. Raymond has been performing at venues in the Los Angeles area for over 5 years, some of which include: The Ahmanson Theatre, The Carpenter Center, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Queen Mary, The Garage Theatre, and several other venues. He has appeared in 7 national commercials and on his days off you can find him performing improv at UCB, clowning around at Studio Six, or shaking his bum with Flo on the Progressive ads. YouTube it. He wants to give love to his mom and dedicates this performance to the love of his life, Cookie.

Amir Levi (NERVOUS CLOWN) is a graduate from the Atlantic Theater Conservatory, is relatively new to the West Coast after performing in NYC for over 5 years. West Coast theater credits include; FOUR CLOWNS (2010 Hollywood Fringe Award for Best Physical and Dance Theater Award future runs in the Summer 2011 at the Minnesota and San Francisco Fringe), THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, THE LONG BEACH POPPIN' PLAY FESTIVAL and THE ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE at the Morgan-Wixson, as well as several productions at Zombie Joe's Underground. Amir performed his solo show TE BUSCO at the Off-Broadway venue, 45 Bleecker, and will be returning to NYC Summer 2011 to perform it in the NYC Fringe Festival! A dancer and choreographer as well, Amir is the artistic director of the NY-based company, The Poisonous Ladies: Amir Levi Dance, as well as a dancer for Ann & Alexx Make Dances. www.theamirlevi.com

Mario Granville (MUSICAL DIRECTOR & PIANIST) is an African American classical pianist/composer, with a unique history. After almost going completely deaf at age six, he went through reconstructive surgery to fix his hearing, and immediately thereafter at age seven began to teach himself to play the piano. He developed a keen skill at recognizing tones, scales, and even began to replicate them when prompted to do so. By age eight he had become a lover of the music of Beethoven and began to perform his pieces regularly. Coming from a somewhat broken home, he began to get closer and closer to the piano, composing his first classical song by age ten, and regularly writing pieces by age eleven. As his popularity quickly grew, so did his talent. His style has become unmistakable, and his compositions are built on classical technique combined with the inescapable present day modality shaped by his tumultuous emotionality. Never having had a teacher, he has performed at countless venues across California, won countless talent and exhibition contests, and even gained popularity elsewhere in the country.

CREW
Jeremy Aluma (DIRECTOR) is an award-winning Los Angeles theatre director and artist. Aluma co-founded Alive Theatre in 2007 and served as their founding Artistic Director for nearly two years and is also a founding member of Urban Theatre Movement. Directing credits include; FOUR CLOWNS conceived by Jeremy Aluma (2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival Award for Best in Physical Theater, 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival Nomination for Best World Premiere, 2010 Bitter Lemons Award Nomination for Most Outrageous Theater), THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT by Stephen Adly Guirgis (2010 Bitter Lemons Top Ten Best Revivals) with Urban Theatre Movement in association with Company of Angels. UBU THE SHIT! by Alfred Jarry adapted by Jeremy Aluma (2007 Backstage West Critic's Pick, 2008 Garland Award Nomination and 2008 Ticket Holder Nomination for Best Adaptation), THE YOGAMERICAN DREAM by Casey Gates, IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS by Stephen Adly Guirgis (2009 Venerable Grunion Award for Best Direction) and CABARET: ROCK THE BOAT with Alive Theatre, THE ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE and SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU by Christopher Durang (2010 Geoffrey Award Nomination for Best Direction) at the Morgan-Wixson Theater, LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION by Tennessee Williams at Theatre 68, THE ADVENTURE PLAY for The Cherry Poppin' Play Festival, WHAT CAN WE? for The Long Beach Poppin' Play Festival, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN by Martin McDonagh and HEARTS LIKE FISTS by Adam Szymkowicz as Chance Theater Workshop Productions. Upcoming projects include; FOUR CLOWNS at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and Minnesota Fringe Festival, FOUR CLOWNS: ROMEO AND JULIET at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, CRUMBLE (OR LAY ME DOWN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) by Sheila Callaghan at Sacred Fools. Aluma trained in clowning with David Bridel and Orlando Pabotoy at Studio Six and with Per Brahe at the Actor's Center and Bali Master Conservatory.
www.jeremyaluma.com

Ellen Warkentine (MUSICAL ASSISTANCE) is a composer and musician. She has accompanied a plethora of productions at both the Garage Theatre and Alive Theatre. She is currently working on her first full length play, LOLopera for the Garage Theatre.

Cat Elrod (COSTUME DESIGNER) is a Special FX Makeup Artist and Costume Designer for Film, Theatre and Television. She's been designing for the stage for close to ten years, with shows like THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, THE WIZ, & THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE under her belt. Although Film and Television are relatively new endeavors, she's been lucky enough to work on such shows as Sony Pictures STARVING Starring David Faustino and Discovery Channel's SURVIVING DEATH as well as many other wonderful film and television projects. Visit www.IMDb.com for a updated list of credits.
Amy Kubiak (MAKE-UP DESIGNER) is a graduate from CSU Long Beach with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Artistic & Theatrical Design with currently 4 years experience in the entertainment industry and counting. Past work in theatre includes hair & makeup design and supervision for Jeremy Aluma's 4 CLOWNS at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and Long Beach Playhouse productions, CSULB's undergraduate production EVITA, Alive Theatre's IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS directed by Jeremy Aluma, and California Repertory's FESTEN, CURRENT NOBODY, and HAMLET: THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE PRINCE OF DENMARK. Student films as lead special effects makeup artist and hair designer include THE PHANTOM EXECUTIONER and BEYOND GOOD & AWKWARD. ajkubiak27@gmail.com.

Natalie Rich (PROPSMASTER) graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a bachelors degree in Technical Theatre and an emphasis in Set Design. After graduating Natalie worked as the Set Assistant on THE ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE and SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre.

Location

EXIT Theatre
156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Categories

Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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