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Clown Bar - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Clown Bar

Adam Szymkowicz

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

7m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573702693

A clown noir play about a former clown named Happy who has returned to the seedy underground crime world to find his brother’s killer.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

The Clown Bar. A bar full of clowns set up like a cabaret.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Happy's junkie brother Timmy is found dead. Now Happy must return to his former life as a clown to ask a few questions. But will Happy be able to go home again without getting sucked into the seedy clown underbelly of vice and violence?


REVIEWS

“Adam Szymkowicz’s script is unabashedly silly but also shrewd
.” New York Times , Read More

“Mr. Szymkowicz has created a new world out of old parts, breeding a brand new species of creative animal. He is, in fact, making his own rules – and the pleasure of obeying them is all ours” -  New York Theatre, Read More

“…A perfect storm of ridiculousness…it’s weird how well this works.” - Theatre is Easy, Read More

“Clown Bar is a raucously good time. ” - nytheatre.com, Read More


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Visit playwright Adam Szymkowicz's blog here


Clown Bar premiered in New York City with the Pipeline Theatre in April of 2013 under the direction of Andrew Neisler.  

Characters

CASTING

7m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

The clowns:
GIGGLES
SHOTGUN MCGHEE
DUSTY
TIMMY
TWINKLES

The former clown:
HAPPY MAHONEY

The lady clowns:
PETUNIA
POPO
BLINKY FATALE

The clown boss:
BOBO

Videos
  • Clown Bar: It's Sexy

  • Clown Bar: It's Violent

  • Clown Bar: It's Intense

Author
Adam Szymkowicz

Adam Szymkowicz

  Adam Szymkowicz's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, LCT3, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages, The New Group, Southern Rep, Rising Phoenix, The Lark ... view full profile

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Reviews
Shane Zeigler 9/26/2014 3:41 PM
Matthew Stephan Freeman [W] 6/30/2014 11:13 AM
I had the opportunity to see the extended New York performance of Clown Bar. It's a fantastic script that really unlocked the creative energies of the cast and production team. Everyone involved not only came off like rock stars, but was fully supported to take the spotlight by a fun story with wicked dialogue.

Highly recommended!

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