Clown Cabaret

April 11, 2011

The Shop at Fort Fringe - 607 New York Ave NW

featuring: Drew Richardson, The Darwin Sisters, Mark Jaster, Michael Rosman, Mandy Dalton,
Toasty Poocracker, Karen Beriss, and Rich Potter

*performers subject to change*

Drew Richardson

Drew Richardson (aka Drew the Dramatic Fool) is best known as the first person in the 21st century to have new short silent movies shown before major motion pictures. Besides being a silent film star in the wrong century, Drew has been creating solo stage shows for the past twenty five years, which he has performed from Austin to Austria. He first studied visual comedy theatre with John Towsen at Ohio University, and later with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. As a guest-teaching artist, Drew has taught for many universities, festivals, and theatre companies including Point Park Conservatory for Performing Arts, University of Michigan, MotionFest, QuestFest, and 500 Clown. Drew is currently an artist-in-residence at the Baltimore Theatre Project, where his new show, “What The Fool?!?” premieres in June.
For more information, go to his website at
or his blog at

The Darwin Sisters: Conjoined Comedy

The double jeopardy that is the Darwin Sisters was unleashed upon sideshow and burlesque stages two years ago. Since then, they have been freakish additions to the Cheeky Money Sideshow, Tilted Torch Burlesque and have appeared in such fantastic venues as The Palace of Wonders, Creative Alliance, and The Sideshow Gathering. The deformed brain child(ren) of heterosexual life mates, The Amazing Trinket and Noelle Fatalle, both "ladies" are unique creations unto themselves. Noelle is an accomplished juggler, stilt walker and flirt. Trinket also juggles, performs magic and sticks strange things in her mouth. It's a match so perfect it's almost as if they were separated at birth (but don't tell the Darwins that...)

Mark Jaster

Mark Jaster studied mime with Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau, and served as Mr Marceau's teaching assistant in a series of 1980's master classes and seminars. He performs regularly with The Maryland Renaissance Festival, The Washington Revels, The Maryland Youth Ballet and The Big Apple Circus' Clown Care Program.  Since 2006, he has co-directed Happenstance Theater with Sabrina Mandell, devising and appearing in critically acclaimed collaborative, original works of "Visual, Poetic Theater."

Mandy Dalton

Mandy Dalton is a professional comic actress and clown. She has been performing professionally for over 29 years throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her education in clowning started at the Ringling Brothers Clown College (1982) and her training includes work at the Moscow Art Theater School and Cirque du Soleil. Her clown credits include work at the John F. Kennedy Center, Synetic Theatre’s “Black Out” series, The Central Intelligence Agency, Arena Stage, and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Mandy Dalton

Toasty Poocracker

Paul Reisman

Toasty Poocracker is an actor, educator, graphic and web designer, and clown. Recent acting credits include a national tour with the American Shakespeare Center of The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and Henry Vin repertory; Richard III and Pride & Prejudice with the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ; Proof with TheatreFest; A Midsummer Night's Dream with the American Globe Theatre; and the film Cult of Sincerity, recently broadcast on PBS. He has also taught workshops and classes in Classical Text, Acting Shakespeare, and Clown as a teaching artist for the Shakespeare Theatre Company and at other venues including Broadway Theatre Workshop, Knox College, and The Center for Baroque & Renaissance Studies’ summer program. He received his MFA at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. BFA, Montclair State University.