Frankenocchio returns for its third run in Seattle at the Lee Center for the Arts, August 12th – September 4th
Prepare to be regaled, titillated, and made slightly squeamish by the earthbound stumblings of the mute boy, Frankenocchio, as he seeks to rejoin his nimble head with the rest of his body, wending his way through the dark bellows and performances of a third rate traveling circus.
This is a story of a stringed puppet made by God, who in a fit of boredom cuts his strings. The poor puppet plummets to earth, where his head and body pop apart. Searching for its body, Frankenocchio’s head arrives in a dark and rundown circus. While mad barkers and accident prone clowns attempt to use his headless body to fulfill their own dreams, Frankenocchio searches for a way to be made whole again and return to his former life as God’s favorite plaything.
Conceived and Created by Brian Kooser, with script by Stephanie Timm, and touted as a “nightmarish world that might have been dreamt by Tim Burton after listening to Tom Waits while dosed up on codeine cough syrup”, this bizarrely delightful story, set aglow with gaudily gorgeous bunraku puppets and scenery, will leave you strangely inspired.
Accompanied by the live, kaleidoscopic, musical barkings of God’s Favorite Beefcake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vLycseGX5k,
8pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
August 12th – September 4th
Tickets $18 at the door or BrownPaperTickets.com
Lee Center for the Arts, 901 12th Ave, on Seattle University campus:
For a sneak peak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dERwHAQTZeQ
Please note: this puppet show is not suitable for children.
Circus Contraption brings back its SHOW to END ALL SHOWS at Theo’s Chocolates in Fremont until May 31st. You can get tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, and it’s worth every penny. An incredible band, acrobats, dancers and sublime talent abounds.
The SHOW to End All SHOWS debuted May 2008 at Theo Chocolate in Fremont. A departure from Circus Contraption’s usual turn-of-the-century fare, The SHOW to End All SHOWS imagines a family-owned circus with all of the glamour and glitz of the 70’s and 80’s. The time, however, is now, or even slightly in the future, and the glamour shows signs of decay.
For ten years, Circus Contraption has been at the forefront of the modern circus movement. After six years at Sand Point Magnuson Park, Circus Contraption returns to its birthplace, Fremont, to transform the old Red Hook Brewery warehouse, (the south end of Theo Chocolate), into Seattle’s own alternative big-top. And for the first time, Circus Contraption is collaborating with a team of top-flight theater professionals: director Erin Brindley (a recent New York import), scenic designer Jennifer Zeyl, lighting designer Ben Zamora, and costume designer Christine Tschirgi.
See Schmootzie the Clod, Dexter Mantooth and Acrophelia in all their circus glory!