Clown Bar

by  Adam Szymkowicz

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  7m, 3f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

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

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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?

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Reviews

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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Videos

  • Clown Bar: It's Sexy
  • Clown Bar: It's Violent
  • Clown Bar: It's Intense
  • The Viper Room trailer for Clown Bar
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting:

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

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 3f

The clowns:
GIGGLES
SHOTGUN MCGHEE
DUSTY
TIMMY
TWINKLES

The former clown:
HAPPY MAHONEY

The lady clowns:
PETUNIA
POPO
BLINKY FATALE

The clown boss:
BOBO

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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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 Playwright ...

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

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