Clown Cabaret

May 9, 2011

The Shop at Fort Fringe - 607 New York Ave NW

featuring: Faction of Fools (Emma Jaster, Rachel Spicknall and Toasty Poocracker),
Chris Davis, Graham Pilato, Britton Herring & Rachel Spicknall,
Swami Yomahmi & Steve Wannall, Rich Potter, and Karen Beriss

*performers subject to change*

Faction of Fools

Faction of Fools Theatre Company celebrates Commedia dell’Arte in Washington, DC and around the world. We preserve and promote this Renaissance theatre style by both respecting its heritage and exploring its future. We embody the spirit of Commedia, which is traditional yet innovative, international yet familiar, and classical yet accessible. In our performances, actor training, international initiatives, and educational outreach, Commedia dell’Arte is theatre at its best: physical discipline, spontaneous imagination, collaborative energy, and joyous wonder. They are performing again at Source theatre May 16 and look for their upcoming 2nd Annual 'Fools for All': Tales of Courage and Poultry at this summer's Capital Fringe Festival.

Chris Davis

The Renaissance Man is (really) Christopher Davis; actor, author and comedian. In an effort to put his degree in Philosophy from Villanova University to the best possible use, he’s been entertaining and educating audiences of all ages since 1988. Shakespeare, Poe, Dickens, Greek Mythology and Kipling provide his material for interactive school programs which make history and literature more accessible and enjoyable, while giving audience members a chance to take a meaningful role in the performance. Oh...and juggling!

Graham Pilato

Graham Pilato got his BA in Dramatic Arts at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and after a couple years as a high school English teacher in Southern Maryland ending in 2007, has returned to acting, having now appeared in several Baltimore and Washington D.C. area theatres, including with Fells Point Corner Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Mobtown Players, the Maryland Renaissance Festival, Molotov Theatre, and Happenstance Theater. His background in experimental theatre and improv comedy prepared him for work with Faction of Fools, DC's Commedia dell'Arte theatre group, with which he appeared in “The House with Two Doors” and “Tales of Love and Sausages” in 2010. He is an Associate Artist with Faction of Fools and always looking for new places to be silly.

Rachel Spicknell

Rachel is an actor, and a proud Associated Artist of Faction of Fools. She will be appearing this summer in Accept Me If You Love Me, a play from Peru making its US premier at the DC JCC this July.

Emma Jaster

Emma is a local performer specializing in a range of physical styles. You may have seen her onstage as a dancer in this year’s Helen Hayes Awards. Or May 5-June 5 you can catch her in the Green Bird with Constellation Theatre. She is pleased to be an Associate Artist with The Faction of Fools.

The Pickled Punks (Swami Yomahmi & Steve Wannall)

If less is more, just think how much more more would be! The Pickled Punks (Stephon Walker and Steve Wannall) present a magic show unlike anything seen before. No wind machines. No cheesy theatrics. No sexy assistants. (OK, they dropped the ball on that one). Known for their shows, "Completely Mental" and "Big Magic" (in which they perform the world's largest cups and balls routine), the Pickled Punks take their unique comedy magic style where it's never been before--Clown Cabaret!

Toasty Poocracker

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.

Paul Reisman

Britton Herring

Questions about Brit’s qualifications as a silly person may be forwarded to his sainted mother, God help her. Beyond that, he has studied clown with Dody DiSanto at The Academy for Classical Acting and The Center for Movement Theatre. Brit will be appearing in George Bernard Shaw’s “The Apple Cart” with The Washington Stage Guild throughout May – for more info go to the Guild’s website!