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August 16th, 2006:

Days in Yonkers, Nights at the Circus

As the title says, I’ve been spending my days in Yonkers, trying to get everything done, but my nights are at the Circus. Well, at night, I’ve been at Nights At the Circus.

It’s a play I’m doing at the NY Fringe– the first show I’ve done since moving here. I got it quite by chance, the guy playing my role dropped out, and the author who is somebody I know (Ihad actually seen a staged reading of this play a couple of years ago) found out through a mutual friend that I was living in Yonkers. A couple of phone calls later, I was in.

So far it’s been fun, but a bit more rushed than I would like. I found out I was doing the play last week, and the play ends next week. Circus in a Hurry!

Still, it’s been good fun, and more importantly, it’s helping me to build a community of artists in town.

The commute is not so bad, although I’ve been mostly driving– while it takes about 25 minutes by car, it’s 45-60 minutes by bus/subway, and it costs about the same. (Assuming you can find parking) Because I’ve been going at night, there seems to be plenty of street parking at one of our rehearsal venues (which may become my secret parking area for years to come. I will share it with you, only on threat of death. (Actually, it’s pretty far away from everything, so not sure that people would park there anyway! But I still ain’t talkin’!)

Set in 1899, populated by whores, outlaws, clowns, acrobats, and freaks, NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS tells the wild, bawdy tale of Fevvers, a Cockney aerialist who is the toast of London. She claims to be half-swan and has the wings to prove it! Jack Walser, a skeptical American journalist goes undercover as a clown with the circus to prove she is a fraud. Is she fact or is she fiction? Come to the show and find out!

You can also read the book to find out more:

Announcing the WORLD PREMIERE OF
Angela Carter’s NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS
Adapted by Carla Cantrelle
Directed by Linda Ames Key

at
The New York International Fringe Festival ­ FringeNYC
A Production of the Present Company

For tickets visit http://www.fringenyc.org/nightsatthecircus.asp
or call
In New York: 212-279-4488
Outside New York: 1-888-FringeNYC

NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS will be presented as a Special Event in celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the New York International Fringe Festival ¬≠FringeNYC. The play, adapted from Angela Carter’s novel, runs at FringeCENTRAL, 27 Mercer Street (between Grand & Howard) August 23 through August 26, with all performances at 9 PM. Tickets: $15.00

SHOWTIMES: (4 PERFORMANCES ONLY!)
WEDNESDAY 8/23 9 PM
THURSDAY 8/24 9 PM
FRIDAY 8/25 9 PM
SATURDAY 8/26 9 PM

For tickets visit http://www.fringenyc.org/nightsatthecircus.asp

FringeCENTRAL is a block and a half North of Canal Street.A, C, E, 6, N, R. Q, W, J, M, Z to Canal