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Clowns On A Stick present their first full length show! The cat is dead, but the burial won't end. Help make this show come alive! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 25, 2011.

Clowns On A Stick present their first full length show! The cat is dead, but the burial won't end. Help make this show come alive!

About this project

We of Clowns On A Stick--Chirstina Lewis, Lluis Valls, and James Pelican--have been creating imaginative, fun, ferocious, and funny clown universes for close to ten years now as part of various vaudeville shows. We are thrilled to be creating our first full length show and are inviting you along for the ride. We are pleaed that To Bury A Cat is a co-production with Theatre of Yugen's ARTburst! program.  Theatre of Yugen has been supporters of our work for years, so it is very appropriate that this show is finding its genesis in collaboration with them.

The Show

A lone Gravedigger--imcompetent but kind hearted and perhaps a bit fastidious--is quickly joined onstage by the Mourner who grieves and grasps (both literally and figuratively) and the Priest who is impious though a bit of a tippler.  The seemiingly easy chore of respectively burying the poor Mourner's beloved--but dead--cat quickly becomes a chore of Olympian proportions.  Many questions are posed: will the Mourner herself survive the antics?  How big of a hammer can fit on stage?  What do shambling zombies like to eat?  How can duct tape save the day?  What evil lurks in the cat's closet?  The clowns are joined by two lovely Pattycake Girls (Jules Pelican and Courtney Arnold) with their own version of plot interpretation and an equally lovely stage band (Rob Reich and Bernie Jungle) propell the story to its spellbinding conclusion

Your Part

Putting on a production of this sort, though modest in scale, still requires a chunk of money to help bring it to life.  Your contribution through this Kickstarter campaign will go towards helping to pay for hall rental, prop and set construction, performer stipends, administrative costs, poster construction, etc.  Take a look at the exiciting incentives we have for the various donation levels help some lovely clowns realize their dreams!

The Plan

We will be spending the summer doing soing a half dozen workshop dates in San Francisco and then begin full time rehearsal in mid-September.  Our scheduled performance dates are as follows: October 14,15,&16 at NOHspace in San Francisco, and October 21,22,&23 at the Occidental Center for the Arts.


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    Clown Nose - Your very own super red, magical-power-bearing, life-of-the-party-making nose.

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    Rubber Chicken - signed by the cast and musicians of the show!

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    Fruit Pie - James will make you one of his world famous fruit pies and deliver to your door. Organic fruit, and all the butter. Whipped cream is extra. (Delivery only to residents of greater S.F. Bay Area. . .unless you want to trust UPS with delivering a pie!).

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    Attend A Rehearsal - You and a friend can come and watch how a clown reality is made in its muck and grime. Not for the faint of heart.

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    Tickets To The Show - Also not for the faint of heart. You and a friend get passes to one of the currently scheduled shows.

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    Free Clown Lesson - You and a friend receive a two hour lesson with Christina, who has been teaching clown for over twenty years. Get a taste for what your own inner clown looks like.

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    Paella Dinner - You and a guest, along with others who contribute at this level, will be treated to a phenomenal dinner featuring Lluis' paella, red wine, and the good company of the members of Clowns On A Stick.

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    Weekend Clown Workshop - Would you like to really dive in to the clown world? You will receive admission to Christina's weekend clown intensive that takes place the third weekend in November (four hours each day). Uncover the movements and emotional life of the clown that is unique to each one of us. You need not have performance experience to be part of this class.

Funding period

- (30 days)