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ACME CLOWN SHOWS

Acme Miniature Flea Circus
Trained Fleas Perform Spectacular Circus Stunts As Seen Before and on top of the Crowned Heads of Europe.

Artistic Antics
Improvised clown hijinx and spontaneous strolling performance featuring the Clown Laureate of Greenbelt, Maryland!

Vote For Mr. Punch
A Punch and Judy election show! It's time to put a REAL Puppet in the White House!

Buffoon Anonymous: 12 Steps to Inanity:
A play about a clown who really needs to quit. Features a miniature circus, the Acme De-Clownifier, and mediocre juggling.

Puppet Tragedies
A series of classic tragedies performed by puppets. Shows currently include The Barbie Oedipus, A Short Days Journey Into Night, The Vegetable MacBeth, and The Tragic Goldfish .

The One Sure Thing: A Cabaret On Death
Original stories, poems, songs, skits, and gags about death, created and performed by your group!

MEET P.T. BARNUM
Meet P.T. Barnum in a living history presentation of America's Greatest Showman.


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The Acme Clown Company presents original shows that amaze, educate, and entertain audiences of all ages. PLEASE, NO BIRTHDAY PARTIES!


For detailed information about booking ANY one of these shows for your school, museum, theatre, festival, mall, or other event, please EMAIL US or call us at 401-351-2596


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BUFFOON ANONYMOUS

A fictional autobiographical story about a clown who needs to quit-- and can't. Through trial and tribulation, the clown wages an unsuccessful war on his own stupidity as he strives to find a cure for, ... well, himself. Buffoon Anonymous contains classic clown routines, addictive behavior, a circus ring, an obligatory avante-garde dance piece, the ACME DECLOWNIFIER, and mediocre juggling.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Minimal.

  • 16' x 20' space, 9' ceiling.
  • Basic lighting, 1 or 2 specials.
  • 2 tape sound system.

    (Even these can be worked around)

The ideal touring space would have 100-200 seats in an intimate setting and be available for a 2-3 week run.


APPROPRIATE AUDIENCE:

Suitable for adults and older children. (12 and older)
There are a couple of risque references in this show, but nothing too outrageous Younger children probably won't be interested, because this is a play about a clown as much as it is a clown show.

LENGTH:

Approximately 65 minutes.


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THE ONE SURE THING: A CABARET ON DEATH

Songs, poems, skits, and personal stories about the one sure thing. This is an ensemble/built piece, directed by Adam G. Gertsacov. [SEE BIO]
Using group theatre, instant writing, improvisational techniques and exercises culled from 10 years as an original theatre artist, the ensemble fleshes out the show's basic skeleton with their own original stories. (PARDON MY PUN) The show is written and built by the ensemble of actors. Personal, moving original theatre. The rehearsal process takes approximately 4 weeks of part time (approx. 20 hours per week) rehearsal.

A PREVIOUS EXAMPLE SCRIPT IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.


TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Minimal. This show can be performed using whatever resources the presenting organization has.

APPROPRIATE AUDIENCE:

Adults of all ages. Some of the material (due to its sensitive personal nature) may not be suitable for young children.

LENGTH:

Approximately 60 minutes, depending on the group.

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THE PUPPET TRAGEDIES

A selection of classic tragedies performed by puppets. Each of the pieces is between 1 and 15 minutes long and is suitable for adults or older children.

Shows Include:
The Barbie Oedipus
A Complex Tragedy based on Sophocles original, as performed by a collection of action figures (including Barbie, Ken, and Jordan from New Kids On The Block)
PLEASE NOTE: This show is not approved IN ANY WAY by the Mattel Corporation.

A Short Day's Journey Into Night
Eugene O'Neill's familial story told in an EXTREMELY ABRIDGED fashion.

The Vegetable MacBeth
An abridged version of the Scottish play, using players from at least two of the four food groups. Duncan is played by an over-ripe tomato, and well, Scotland can get kind of messy... Out Out Damned Spot!

The Tragic Goldfish
A monologue/manifesto for a very eloquent goldfish. I prefer the title in French "Le Poissant Rouge Tragique"

Other shows are also being added. If you have a favorite tragedy that you'd like to see adapted for puppets, please email us!

 


TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Minimal. This show can be performed using whatever resources the presenting organization has.

APPROPRIATE AUDIENCE:

Adults and older children. Some of the material may not be suitable for very young children.
( Hey, they're tragedies! )

LENGTH:

Approximately 60 minutes, depending on the shows included, and the needs of the presenter.

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The Acme Clown Company is part of The New England States Touring program (NEST). If you are a presenter based in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, or Maine, you are eligible to apply for NEST funding (UP TO 50% OFF!) to bring the Acme Clown Company to your theatre, school, campus, or club.

If your organization is based in Rhode Island, you are eligible for this same funding through the RISCA touring arts program.

To find out more about NEST, contact the New England Foundation of the Arts (NEFA) at (617) 951-0010 or at 330 Congress St., 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02210.