Clown Cabaret

   June 11, 2012

Clown Cabaret
@The Shop at Fort Fringe
607 New York Ave NW
8pm

featuring: Happenstance Theater, Jolly Valenzuela,
Rich Potter, Karen Beriss, and Matthew Pauli
(click here for tickets)

*performers subject to change*

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Happenstance Theater

Happenstance Theater

Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising and producing original, performer-created, visual, poetic Theatre. The Washington City Paper says Happenstance Theater’s “ensemble comedy is a gut-busting kind of funny”. The Washington Post describes our work as “visually striking and whimsical without being precious.”

www.happenstancetheater.com

The Postulate features Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon.

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Moira Lee

Since 2006 Moira Lee has been performing as a circus artist and variety entertainer up and down the east coast of the US and Canada. As an aerialist she has appeared with the companies Aerial Angels, AirBorne! DC, and Air Dance Bernasconi; and trained at the New England Center for Circus Arts. Having studied physical comedy with Mark Jaster, Jango Edwards, Drew Richardson, and Michael Rosman, she finally gave in to the light side and made her clowning debut in 2011. Moira is a perennial favorite at the Maryland Renaissance Festival and Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and appeared often at DC's storied Palace of Wonders.

www.circuspixie.com

Moira Lee

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Graham Pilato

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.

www.grahampilato.com

 

Jolly Valenzuela

Information to come

 

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Matthew Pauli

Matthew Pauli, co-Producer of Clown Cabaret, is a 1991 graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and has been clowning ever since. He appears regularly at corporate events, street festivals, fairs and picnics and in his stage shows. His work as a clown has taken him around the U.S. and as far as Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since 1999, he has been proud to be part of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Program, performing at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. For 6 years he toured with The Big Apple Circus sharing the role of Grandma with creator and International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Barry Lubin.

www.matthewpauli.net

Matthew Pauli Clown Cabaret
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Karen Beriss

Karen Beriss

Karen Beriss, co-producer and emcee of this month's Clown Cabaret has been a professional magician for over 15 years. Performing at trade shows around the world, her magic and dry sense of humor - combined with corporate messaging skills - have captured the eyes of the press including National Public Radio, Market Place and The Wall Street Journal. She is super excited to have just joined the Big Apple Circus Clown Care program performing at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Karen is a regular at The Comedy Zone in Washington DC. She trained in improv and acting with Second City in New York. And she has performed for celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Kirstie Alley, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, the Washington Capitals and Robert Goulet. Most recently she worked with Leon Redbone. Plus, Karen’s mom thinks Karen is funny – so it must be true.

www.swellmagic.com

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Rich Potter/Bert the Nerd

Rich Potter is a co-producer and frequent performer for Clown Cabaret. He's studied with Ringling Bros, Maine's Celebration Barn Theater, and Nouveau Clown Institute in Barcelona, Spain, and still hasn't attained his dream of knowing anything.

His appearances on the David Letterman Show, at the Vice Presidential Mansion, in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and other venues domestically and in dozens of other countries have gotten him a laugh or two.

RichPotter.NET
BertTheNerd.com

Rich Potter as Bert the Nerd, Clown Cabaret

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