The Playhouse Mainstage
Created and Directed by Stefan Haves
A modern day vaudeville, featuring artists such as “The World’s Greatest Hula Hoop Artist,” awe-inspiring aerialists, a cacophony of clowns, marvelous magicians, a swingin' band and more!
This centerpiece of CIRQUE-A-PALOOZA takes place on The Playhouse mainstage for select evenings of the CIRQUE-A-PALOOZA festival. Starring artists who have starred in Cirque du Soleil shows from around the world, mixed with local luminaries, comics, magicians, jugglers, acrobats, singers and surprise guests. Conceived and directed by Stefan Haves, ROAD TO PALOOZA: A CIRQUE VARIETY SPECTACULAR will also feature the swinging Palooza Band and Singers with original music by Emmy-nominated composer Philip Giffin. An immersive, in-your-face cavalcade of comedy and the sublime, the ROAD TO PALOOZA variety shows will surprise you every night with a different lineup of new acts you'll not want to miss. All roads lead to Palooza - a place of wonder, whimsy and eccentric oddities. Arrive early and revel in the pre-show festivities with street performers roving The Playhouse courtyard greeting you and inviting you into this modern day vaudeville event! Then stay afterwards for our late-night burlesque and off-beat acts in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, hosted by pancake juggler Scot Nery.
FULL LINEUP INCLUDES:
|Andrey Moraru - Hand Balancer
John Sawicki - Stomp
Miles Crawford - StompBronkar Lee - Stomp
Benedikt Negro - Mime
Brett Loudermilk - Sword Swallower
Scot Nery - Pancake Juggler
Mat Plendl - Hula Hoop
Eric Newton - Aerial
Lexi Pearl - Aerial
Alison Lockfeld - Aerial
Pictured: Aerialists Eric Newton, Lexi Pearl. Photo: Clarence Alford.
The Playhouse Mainstage
Rave Reviews - CIRQUE-A-PALOOZA!
VIEW LA WEEKLY SLIDESHOW - ROAD TO PALOOA (Photos: Star Foreman).
"Everything simply felt fresh, raw, and spontaneous. Everyone had come to have a good time, be with family, and enjoy, without irony, the warmth of craft." - Heather Thompson, ATODMagazine.com See more at: http://atodmagazine.com/2013/08/06/cirque-a-palooza/#sthash.cYEzLJcJ.VRrEHuAz.dpuf
"One of the most entertaining and jaw dropping evenings of theatre I’ve been to in a very long time." - Gordon Meyer, P3Update.com
See more at: http://www.p3update.com/blogs/gordon-meyer/entry/2013/08/Friday/theatre-review-road-to-palooza-a-cirque-review
"If you love to laugh, I mean laugh really hard… please head to the Playhouse." - Michael Sheehan, OnStageLosAngeles.blogspot.com
See more at: http://onstagelosangeles.blogspot.com/2013/08/road-to-palooza-at-pasadena-playhouse.html
In a daredevil variety cabaret, the masterful entertainer, Amy G deconstructs before your eyes, and then rebuilds beauty from the inside out. She gleefully defies shame and categorization. Entershamement features the legendary NY rock band, Gag Reflex, and is directed by John-Stuart Fauquet. For more information, visit www.amy-g.com.
"Amy Gordon, a comic actress of great gifts." Clive Barnes, Newsday New York
"A studied combination of elegance and slapstick... underpinned by impeccable talent." - Peter Crawley, Irish Times
"A comic powerhouse with a spectacular voice." - The Australian
NOMINATED: BEST SOLO SHOW AND MOST OUTRAGEOUS THEATRE AWARD, HOLLYWOOD FRINGE 2013
NOMINATED: BEST TOURING SHOW, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
NOMINATED: BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SHOW, MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL 2012
OFFICIAL SELECTION: UNO FESTIVAL 2013
WINNER: MOST ORGASMIC PRODUCTION AND BEST OF FRINGE, HOLLYWOOD FRINGE 2013
Think it’s a solo show? Think again. Private Eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in this film noir installation fantasy. This funny, filthy, fully-interactive ride is riddled with shadows, sin, sex, and violence. Let’s kick reality to the curb and play in a make-believe city of dark dreams and bad similes. Oh, and there’s been a horrible murder.
"Super funny and astonishingly inventive... like watching a trapeze artist soar without a net... A brave, raw and accomplished solo performance." -- ArtsBeatLA
"...A remarkable piece of theater... Don't miss this limited run - you'll be kicking yourself if you do." -- The Examiner
"I love what she does. Never seen anything like it." -- Cheri Oteri, Saturday Night Live
Carrie Hamilton Theatre
August 8, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
August 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
August 10, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Since 2007, the Los Angeles based Grand Guignolers, lead by creator/director, Debbie McMahon, present sold-out original productions combining traditional physical forms in new ways: melodrama, commedia dell'arte, clown, dance, puppetry, mime, vaudeville and Grand Guignol in a 1920s Parisian cocktail party atmosphere. Previous productions include A Grand Guignol Children's Show* (*NOT For Children) and Absinthe, Opium and Magic: 1920s Shanghai that was given an honorary award by the LA Drama Critics Circle and played both at ArtWorks and at The Actors’ Gang. Productions have earned LA Weekly GO!, LA Times Critic's Choice, and Ovation Recommended. "So much more than a night at the theatre – Debbie McMahon and her incredibly talented ensemble troupe go all out to create a mystical aura that thoroughly envelops the audience." They’ve been called, “vivacious and rude entertainment”; “insanely entertaining… creates new genre.” “performed with panache, fierce determination and impressive physical dexterity” "a rollicking, authentic charm.” For more information, please visit www.grandguignolers.com.
Grand Guignolers bring: Laughter, Terror & Tiny Naughty Puppets “It’s all fun and games until someone loses and eye… or two.” In their unique blend of melodrama, dance and tiny naughty puppets, the 1920s Parisian themed Grand Guignolers’ present an evening of classic Grand Guignol horror including The Final Kiss and The Crime in the Madhouse. The tiny puppet troupe, les petits guignolers, will present The Even More Final than the Final Kiss, with existential angst, sexual frustration and gore. Due to violence, this production is not appropriate for small children.
Carrie Hamilton Theatre
August 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Family-friendly Studio Zanni brings commedia dell’Arte to life for modern day audiences through our school programs, public performances, and actor training. We are a group of actor educators with over 60 years of teaching and performing experience, including appearances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Mark Taper Forum, Hollywood Bowl, European tours and festivals across North America. We have taught throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including workshops in physical theatre, commedia dell’arte and integrating arts into the curriculum at schools throughout the LAUSD, Plaza de la Raza, Virginia Avenue Project, USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Cal Arts, UCSD, among many others.
Photo by Chris Emerick courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Carrie Hamilton Theatre
August 10, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
TEN WEST, LA's premier physical comedy team, is pleased as punch to make their debut at The Pasadena Playhouse as part of CIRQUE-A-PALOOZA! They have performed to critical and audience acclaim across N. America including New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Toronto and Vancouver to name a few. Locally, they've graced the stages at the Disney Concert Hall with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood. Their work is an original blending of clown, mime, dance, commedia dell'Arte and vaudeville with an emphasis on poignant writing and heartfelt storytelling. TEN WEST is Jon Monastero and Stephen Simon, directed by Bryan Coffee. For more info visit: www.tenwest.net.
“Two agile and inventive clowns… as much Cirque du Soleil as it is Chaplin-esque, with a little commedia dell'arte thrown in…the show is over too soon. …their brand of cleverness should be seen firsthand.” - L.A. WEEKLY GO Pick!
“...all performed with flair and terrific, Saroyanesque charm...a perfectly matched team of clowns, anarchists, and pantomimists.” - Backstage West Critic’s Pick
“...raw, captivating physicality...I think it's safe to say I was unequivocally mesmerized the entire length of the show.” - TimeOut Chicago Magazine
“...evidence that wholesome comedy still has the potential to be both relevant and overwhelmingly well-received.” - Examiner.com
“...old-fashioned, wholesome and thoroughly likable.” - The Oregonian
“Breathtakingly hilarious and infinitely theatrical, celebrating Grand Guignol, vaudeville, silent movies, and commedia of the highest order. …these top-notch farceurs have achieved poignancy, laughs, pathos, charm, and more.” - Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2013
12:00 p.m. - Carrie Hamilton Theatre
2:00 p.m. - Carrie Hamilton Theatre
4:00 p.m. - Carrie Hamilton Theatre
6:00 p.m. - Carrie Hamilton Theatre
ROAD TO PALOOZA:
A CIRQUE VARIETY SPECTACULAR
8:00 p.m. - Mainstage
8:30 p.m. - Makineni Library
10:00 p.m. - Carrie Hamilton Theatre
*Lineup Subject to Change