Footloose and Clowns On A Stick present
To Bury A Cat: A Clown Show

Fridays and Saturdays, October 26, 27 November 2, 3, 2012 at 8 pm
Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th Street, San Francisco, 94110
ALL AGES: Tickets $15-20; students $12 at
Info/Res: 415-289-2000

To Bury A Cat: A Clown Show is a real hoot for Halloween with macabre madcap hilarity by Clowns on A Stick that will offend no one (except perhaps cat lovers). Conceived and performed by James Pelican, Lluis Valls and Christina Lewis with live music by Rob Reich and Bernie Jungle, this is clowning in the classic sense: fearless, hyperbolic, tender and always on the verge of utter chaos.

Quotes from a recent review by David Templeton in "During a run-of-the-mill funeral in a tiny pet cemetery, things begin to go terribly, terribly wrong when a grieving woman (Christina Lewis) brings her beloved cat (recently deceased) to be buried.

Those things include a series of accidents and miscommunications between the priest (Lluis Valls) and the gravedigger (James Pelican), resulting in fights, concussions, falling chickens, electrocution, dismemberment, live burials, lots of flying toilet paper and an extremely unorthodox use of duct tape.

...simultaneously lighthearted and hilariously gruesome, with Monty Pythonesque touches augmenting classic European clown schtick.

The Bay Area clown trio (joined here by the Pattycake Girls, Lucienne Vintaer and Jensen Zach) rip through the 65-minute show with oodles of energy and some ingeniously inventive props. It's audacious, deliriously wicked fun." Clowns On A Stick work closely together to build their style but their combined sensibility isas unique as the clown characters they have forged over ten years. Separately they each have many years as clowns, actors, teachers, provocateurs and champions of the underdog.

Andrea Pflaumer of SF Examiner writes: "Founding member of the performance troupe, James Pelican – who so identified with the graceful goofiness of that bird that he legally adopted it for his last name – explains: ‘Clowns are considered the bearers of happiness. But I think what they're really responsible for is being expansive and hyperbolic – expressing the human situation. When they cry, they really, really cry; when they express anger they really express anger and when they express tenderness and happiness those things are really outsized.' He describes what he refers to as the "solemn duty" of a clown: "It's that to all things we can laugh, even death…especially that. [In this piece] there are a lot of jokes but there's also emotional gravity …particularly at the end. People have come up to us after each show to tell us that their cat just died and this really facilitated their grief."

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