Eureka Fringe Festival: Thursday
“Clownfish” is an hour of stories of trying to find your place in the world and observations about how we treat this weird divide between “man” and “woman”. It’s honest as all get-out, glam as Hell, as weird as America, and also happens to rhyme.
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A Trip to Cowtown
5 - 5:45 PM
“A Trip to Cowtown” is a collage performance of song, story, and object plays, created by Tayloranne Finch and Daniel Nickerson. Cowtown itself is a storybook of alternative Americana, a patchwork of new and old visions of small town ideals played out by an unusual cast of characters and living sculptures. In this chapter, the audience will follow Peggy Pilgrim, and her truck full of tiny dancers, as she passes through Cowtown on her journey to find a better way to be. Musical saw, accordion, banjo, narration, singing, puppets, fabric collage, clowning, musical chairs and more are used by the performers to tell Peggy’s story. This lighthearted fable is fit for families and people of all ages.
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5:30 - 6:15 PM
Welcome to the wonderful world of Sia and to Dirtti Confetti. We are an intergenerational performing arts troupe, incorporating American Sign Language into our dance. Dance, like ASL, is a language that captures what words cannot. Our show invites you to experience the ups and downs of life. To surrender to the moment and the worlds it opens up for us, for it is when we explore our cage courageously that we discover our freedom and celebration. Come along on a journey with your inner child and the truth and beauty bombs of your subconscious. Who knows, you may find yourself on Venus!
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Nate’s Magic Corner: 30 Minutes of Escapism
What is magic in a world where every mystery can be explained with a youtube search? A show about the history of trickery and the tenuous future of illusion- featuring magic tricks, juggling, clown, and an armchair. “WARNING: this show contains magic tricks, acrobatics, juggling, and a death defying escape.”
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Spilled Popcorn, Sticky Cotton Candy
In the theatrical world of the circus, there are possibilities of joy, transcendence and meaning. But there is also the possibility for the complete opposite. In this contradiction lies the magic of the circus. He juggles, he dances, he portrays multiple characters….
Calder Bullwinkle writes and performs like a man on a mission while encouraging insight, sharing philosophical musings, all the while creating humorous and often uncomfortable theatrical moments. He guides us on a 45 minute journey and to a destination we ultimately all share.
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Circus Cabaret Emporium
6:45 - 7:30 PM
Freaks, wonders and curiosities! A panorama of the weird, the strange, the odd and the unusual! See the human blockhead drive a nail into his head! See the electric girl withstand 500,000 volts of electricity! See the beautiful burlesque dancing girls! It’s all real, it’s all alive and it’s all on the inside. Spikes, sledgehammers, electricity, animal traps, broken glass, fire and water torture will kick-start the progressively innovative and alluring nightly new escapades of these human marvels. Seeing is believing! You will not see anything like it for as long as you shall live!
Rag Doll Revue
Rag Doll Revue is a Humboldt County based burlesque troupe that’s been producing bimonthly shows at HumBrews in Arcata since 2015. Shows keep audiences not only titillated with burlesque dancers, but feature a variety of other performers like comedians, drag kings and queens, musicians and character actors. For Fringe Festival, Rag Doll Revue has gathered up a stellar collection of local stars to spotlight onstage, including performers from other current burlesque troupes in our area. This show will be a great introduction to our local burlesque scene for those who have never been, and a fun way to catch all your favorite performers in one show for those who have!
8 - 10 PM
Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, woman-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.