Clowing The Bard, which has followed a sold out run at the New York Fringe Festival with a brief Off-Off-Broadway remount, will end its scheduled run Oct. 25. The Six Figures Theatre Company's The Joy of Six playreading series will also end on that date. Clowning, an ensemble of former members of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Big Apple Circus, incorporates traditional clowning into a 60 minute deconstruction of Shakespeare's plays plus a sonnet. Linda Ames Key conceived the piece, directed by Julie Hamberg, Ames Key, Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley.
Recently, Barry Lubin, formerly "Grandma" with the Big Apple Circus, joined the Clowning group, which also includes Sara Berg, Pia Caro, James Curreri, Monique Gramby, Galen Greenlaw, Dor May Kelly, Michael Latshaw, Tom Martins, Jackie Maruschak, Monday, Joseph O'Brien, Riley, Liz Ross and Susan P. Vaughn.
Prior to the performance, free playreadings will be given. The plays are Woman's Honor by Susan Glaspell, Sedalia Run by Kate Long, Telling Time by Laura Shamas, Weighed in the Balance by Suzanne Bradbeer, Future Perfect by Robin Moran Miller and Ladies at the Alamo by Paul Zindel.
Tickets for Clowning are $12 and available by calling (212) 696 8931. The Mint Theatre is located at 311 43rd Street on the fifth floor. -- By Christine Ehren