Four Clowns At LaMama

fourclowns_logoFour Clowns , a Los Angeles based clown troupe, will be making a brief,East Coast debut May 23 to June 1 at  The Club at La MaMa. The show, which is also titled Four Clowns,  is a partly improvised romp through life and death, seen through the lens of the clown.   This show is for adults.

The clowns are one woman, Alexis Jones, as the sad one, and three men: Kevin Klein as the mischievous one, Raymond Lee as the angry one and Amir Levi as the nervous one.  The show is created and directed by company founder Jeremy Aluma.

fourclowns3Through the show, the clowns execute twelve scenes showing life’s defining moments through a clown’s eyes, with a musical number preceding each chapter. We see how their archetypes are formed in their childhood, how they learn to live with them in adolescence and how they end up ultimately causing their deaths in adulthood. Subjects include: parental abuse, peer pressure, domestic violence, child molestation, depression and drug abuse.  You know, the fun stuff!

Beside productions in Los Angeles, Four Clowns has toured the country to theatres and festivals in Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.  The company has other shows, including a Romeo and Juliet (shades of Shotspeare!) and a whole set of kids shows dubbed Four Clowns Jr.

fourclowns2The show coming to LaMama won the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Award for Best in Physical Theatre and Dance, the 2010 Bitter Lemons Nomination for Most Outrageous Theatre, a 2011 Ovation Recommendation, the 2011 San Francisco Fringe Award for Best of the Fringe, a 2011 Minnesota Fringe Encore Performance Invitation and a 2012 Hollywood Fringe Nomination for Best Comedy.  

La MaMa E.T.C. will present Four Clowns May 23 to June 1, 2014 in its second-floor Club, 74A East Fourth Street. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 PM and Sundays at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $18 general admission and $13 for students and seniors. Ten $10 tickets will be available to every performance on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office is 212.475.7710 and www.lamama.org.

Check out a video from their website, http://www.fourclowns.org

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