500 Clown Frankenstein
Three Clowns embark on a madcap journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. Bound in elaborate Edwardian costumes, they struggle through acrobatic feats in an extended battle with an unruly table. The Clowns stitch together the tale of the Doctor and the Monster from scraps of the classic novel and various Hollywood versions, inviting audience involvement throughout. Comic mayhem takes a sharp turn towards a devastating climax when one clown, forced into the tragic role of Shelley’s Creature, suffers abuse and abandonment.
I drove from Seattle to Yakima on a friend’s recommendation to see your matinee of 500 Clown Frankenstein yesterday. Let me just say, I owe her big time. I had almost no idea what I was in for, and that’s a good thing. As I told Paul, that show is a sneak attack of mammoth proportions and a masterpiece that belongs in any and every museum/venue of modern art and performance. You, Paul, and Leah exploded my expectations (even though I didn’t have any), ripped my heart and mind open, and reminded me what clowning (living) is really all about: risk, play, partnership, and breaking boundaries. I’m planning a trip to Chicago to see 500 Clown Trapped next April for my 50th birthday.
Just wanted you to know – THANK YOU for the cosmic comedic 2 × 4-to-the-head wake-up call!