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Max & Antoinette present Where’s the Show!?, an evening of clown logic, acrobatics & chaos at foolsFURY Factory Parts Festival

Max & Antoinette have been invited to perform at foolsFURY’s Factory Parts Festival at NOHspace - July 17, 19, & 21 - and we need your help to make it happen!

We are Joan and Hannah, and we’ve been creating, developing and performing Max & Antoinette for the past six months. Max & Antoinette are highly exaggerated character-based clowns who appear at local hotspots - street fairs, parks, concerts, cafés and events - and unwittingly incite chaos, absurdity and delight for unsuspecting audiences. We’re really excited that we’ve been selected to perform at foolsFURY’s new Factory Parts Festival this summer, and we’re hard at work developing our new site-specific show, Where’s the Show!? 

In Where’s the Show?!, we use the structure of the traditional Italian Commedia Dell’arte as a springboard to create a much-needed contemporary Commedia. Like traditional Commedia, Where’s the Show?! begins with a simple story or scenario (going to the theatre), features exaggerated archetypal characters immediately recognizable by the audience (Max & Antoinette as tragically hip SF theatre patrons), and relies on highly skilled choreographed physical bits, or lazzi, to keep the action moving and the audience engaged. In this manner, Where’s the Show?! moves beyond traditional Commedia by bringing its story, its characters and its lazzi OFF the stage and into the audience. In fact, in Where’s the Show!? Max & Antoinette ARE the audience!

On the night of the show, join Max & Antoinette as they arrive at the box office - splendidly, yet ridiculously, dressed in their finest clothes - eager for an intellectually stimulating night of local San Francisco theatre. As the story unfolds, clown logic breeds chaos and the comic duo discover that there is a fine line between the audience and the stage, and that they have unwittingly tripped, slipped and tumbled across that line.

We are really excited for this opportunity to share Where’s the Show!? with you, but we need your support. Your donation will help pay for essential production and development costs including:  

  • Factory Parts Festival fees 
  • Props 
  • Costumes 
  • Set pieces 
  • Publicity and marketing, including photos and videography
  • Training and rehearsal fees 


Your financial support will help us turn our countless hours of dreaming, creating and rehearsing into a living, breathing performance that will bring joy and delight to our community. Thank you for believing in us and helping to make this show a reality – your support means so much to us! 

 Love, 

Joan and Hannah (Max & Antoinette) 

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Devising work always comes with risk. We face three main challenges in the creation of Where’s the Show?!:

1 - creating a Max & Antoinette-specific performance style that successfully combines two different kinds of theatre – highly styled physical choreography and audience/site-inspired improvisation

2 - creating for a specific site with limited time to rehearse in the actual site

3 - creating high level partner acrobatics and slapstick routines without injury.

Joan and Hannah’s collaboration springs from a shared actor/creator sensibility, delight in the absurd, and an insatiable desire to create vital original physical clown work that both gets and risks its life by playing beyond the boundaries of the stage. In other words, we love the challenges, and thrive on the risk. And, we love working together.

Joan and Hannah will rely on their experience in street performance, theatrical clown and Commedia Dell’Arte to meet the challenge of creating a new performance style. They will capitalize on their unlimited access to Main Street Theatre (in kind donation from Joan) to overcome limited site-specific rehearsal time. They will engage in ongoing training with professional acrobatic trainer, Dominik Weiss, to meet the rigorous physical needs of the show. We will also eat lots of food and laugh a lot. We promise.

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    A BIG THANK YOU ON FACEBOOK Max & Antoinette will personally thank you on their very own Facebook page.

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    VIRTUAL POSTCARD While creating "Where's the Show!?" Max & Antoinette love taking breaks to visit San Francisco hot spots. We'll send you a sweet virtual postcard of Max & Antoinette at one of their favorite locales.

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    A PHOTO OF YOU WITH MAX & ANTOINETTE Always wanted a picture of you with Max & Antoinette? Of course you have! We want to make that happen. Through the power of technology - you will get your very own autographed digital photo of YOU with Max & Antoinette delivered straight to your inbox.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO Chaos, intrigue, disaster, hilarity, good stuff...all this and more can be yours in this limited edition, one-of-a-kind sneak peek into the process of creating Where's the Show!?

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    MAX'S DREAM DATE SHOW PACKAGE Do you like the simple things in life? Max does. Keep it real with Max's Dream Date Show Package: 2 VIP tickets to Where's the Show!? and a goodie bag of tried and true favorites *if you live out of town - no sweat! We'll send you a DVD of the show and everything you need to recreate Max's dream date at home.

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    TWO HOUR PARTNER ACRO & SLAPSTICK CLASS FOR FOUR PEOPLE or PARTNER ACRO/SLAPSTICK DVD FEATURING MAX & ANTOINETTE Want to get some mad skills? Let Joan and Hannah or Max & Antoinette show you the way!

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    ANTOINETTE'S DREAM DATE SHOW PACKAGE As a sophisticated lady, Antoinette expects luxury and pampering from her many admirers. Her dream date includes two VIP tickets to Where's the Show!?, a basket of snobby treats, a personalized interaction with Max & Antoinette during the show and a candlelit dessert reception post-show for you and your sweetie! *if you live out of town - no sweat! We'll send you a DVD of the show and everything you need to recreate Antoinette's dream date at home.

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    SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY MAX & ANTOINETTE Want the best party guests ever? Max & Antoinette will make an appearance at your special occasion (birthday, work meeting, coming out party, wedding, bar mitzvah...) and make it exponentially more special. *As much as we would like to visit you in Timbuktu, this deal does not include travel expenses outside of the Bay Area.

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    PRIVATE PERFORMANCE OF WHERE'S THE SHOW!? In your living room, your bathroom, on your boat, in the shower, on your private jet - we'll make it happen. No, really though, you'll get the full production of Where's the Show!? privately performed for you in the comfort of your own home. *As much as we would like to visit you in Bora Bora this deal does not include travel expenses outside of the Bay Area.

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